Tottenham vs Aston Villa
This selection doesn’t really need any introduction, but, it’s what I do, so here we go…
Kane has 13 goals and 1 assist in 16 Premier League games so far this season.
He has 77 goal contributions in 88 games across his last 3 league seasons. It’s truly astonishing consistency, a level we’ve rarely seen at such a high level.
He netted last game. He’s of course, the designated penalty taker and I expect Spurs to have the better of the game here. When Spurs play well, Kane is rarely a bystander.
If John McGinn is playing, he’s always going to be top of my list for a booking.
McGinn has 4 cards in 16 matches this season. He racked up 8 last season and 12 the season before.
He’s all action, he won’t rest until he wins the ball back and will cover every blade of grass to do so. He’s often guilt of excessive force, I wouldn’t say it’s malicious, he’s just so focused on getting that ball that he can really go over the top.
He’s made more fouls (20) than any other player in the Villa side this season.
He risks contact with some of Tottenham’s most fouled players such as Skipp (1.43 fouls drawn/90), Kane (1.33 fouls drawn/90) and even Son stepping in centrally, he is fouled 1.37 times/90.
Kamara will play a similar position to McGinn, so I could list the same players over again but I’m sure you can read them again for yourself.
Kamara is a similar mould of player, but he’ll break up the game in deeper areas whereas McGinn will be responsible for pushing the midfield higher and pressing in advanced areas.
Kamara averages 2.02 fouls/90 this season. He could’ve easily been the card pick for this one, but he’s more of a persistent fouler than someone who really over-exerts.
In the last 7 league matches where he’s played 70+ minutes, he’s made at least 2 fouls in 5 of those.
This price stuck out like a sore thumb to me.
I’ll level with you, I used to rate Mings. At one point, I whole heartedly argued he was the answer to England’s centre back conundrum. What was I thinking?
The man is an absolute calamity. He seems to have this confidence and swagger, as if he’s an elite centre back. It often leads him to awful lapses of concentration.
He’s clumsy, rash and an easy target for a player like Harry Kane (who draws 1.33 fouls/90).
Mings has been carded 3 times this season and averages 0.79 fouls p/90. There’s few strikers who can draw fouls in the manor Kane does and I imagine the Tottenham talisman will anchor himself to Mings, who will likely be viewed as a real weak link for Emery’s side.