Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa: Dembele, Alli, Kane send Spurs 5th

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  • Dembele scores in back to back PL games
  • Alli’s 2nd career PL goal
  • Kane’s 5th PL goal (4 in two games)
  • Spurs up to 5th; Villa stay 20th

Sunday’s North London Derby (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) is officially a meeting of the Premier League’s two most in-form sides following Tottenham Hotspur’s (14 points from last six league games; Arsenal – 15 points from six games) 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Monday.

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Moussa Dembele gave Tottenham an early lead, three minutes on the clock, with a bullish run and fortunate finish. Danny Rose played the Belgian down the left touchline, where Ciaran Clark made his initial challenge. Dembele held off the challenge from Clark, bullying his way past the defender and into the penalty area with only Brad Guzan ahead of him. Dembele’s left-footed finish nutmegged Guzan and bulged the back of the net.

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Dele Alli doubled Spurs’ lead shortly before halftime. Rose sent in a cross from the left wing, which was headed away by Joleon Lescott, but only as far as Alli at the top of the 18-yard box. His first touch was with his thigh to control and settle the ball, the second was a low, volleyed strike to the far post that left Guzan rooted to the ground.

Villa pulled their goal back through Jordan Ayew, whose long-range strike took a severe deflection off Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen, wrong-footing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and sneaking just inside the Frenchman’s right-hand post.

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Harry Kane scored Spurs’ third goal, curling a right-footed blast into the top corner of Guzan’s far post. Christian Eriksen freed Erik Lamela down the right wing in the build-up, Lamela cut the ball all the way across the penalty area and Kane rifled the ensuing shot into the back of the net for a comfortable final score.

With their victory, Spurs (20 points) are up to fifth in the league table, five points back of Arsenal, their north London rivals and joint-leaders of the PL. One point separates Spurs from fourth-place Manchester United in their bid to once again claim an UEFA Champions League place. Spurs remain one of two teams (Leicester City) to have lost just once on the season (opening day defeat away to Manchester United). Meanwhile, Villa remain bottom of the league, two points off the pace of 19th-place Sunderland and four points from safety in 17th (Bournemouth).