A lightning fast counterattack has become a staple feature of Lambert's Villa side. Countering effectively will be of particular importance on Sunday against Tottenham for several reasons.
Tottenham are a team used to dominating possession in game, the situation under which counterattacking is most effective. Currently averaging 59 per cent possession per match, Tottenham are used to retaining the ball and spending the majority of the match in their opponent's half.
Having displayed their prowess on the break in their 3-1 win against Arsenal, Villa's three-forward formation is well-suited to taking advantage of a sudden change in momentum to shift from defense to offense.
Furthermore, Tottenham make liberal use of aggressively attacking full-backs that leave opportunities for counters down the flanks. Kyle Walker, in particular, acts almost as an attacking player. Walker is constantly involved on the right side of the park, running at defenders and contributing crosses.
Walker's eagerness to get forward could see him exposed by Villa's left-sided forward Gabriel Agbonlahor. Agbonlahor, having played with Walker during his loan spell to Villa, could make use of his prolific pace to catch the right-back out of position.
Finally, Tottenham's preferred central pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson have proven susceptible to quick counters, as evidenced last week by Ravel Morrison's solo goal.
Morrison was able to expose the respective weaknesses of each defender. Vertonghen was caught too far up the pitch, giving the breaking Morrison with a one-on-one situation against Dawson, who was unable to deal with Morrison's pace.
If Tottenham's centre-backs are not more disciplined on Sunday, then Villa may find themselves with a similar opportunity to quickly strike back at an exposed Tottenham defence.