Premier League betting – Spurs vs Aston Villa
Spurs vs Aston Villa betting preview, odds and tips
Top 4 rivals Spurs and Aston Villa meet at White Hart Lane for Saturday’s tea time fixture. Only 2 points separate fourth placed Spurs and seventh placed Villa going into the ESPN live match but 3 points are a must for both teams in the race for that final Champions League spot. Harry Redknapp’s men however are not much value at 11/10 to claim a 9th home victory of the season, the Villains are a decent 9/4 shot to claim back to back away wins after defeating Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend. A point for both teams at 5/2 is worth a flutter in what might be a nip and tuck affair.
After overcoming Leeds in a potentially tricky cup replay in midweek, Redknapp’s little and large front pair of Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch showed just why they have amassed 20 goals between them already this term. Defoe’s hat-trick at Elland Road will have done the striker’s confidence no harm and he is a good shout at 11/8 with SkyBet to score at anytime on Saturday. The North London club are looking to make it five unbeaten in the league but their back four will have to keep Villa’s top scorer Gabriel Agbonlahor quiet, as they seek to widen the gap between fourth and fifth place. Spurs were seriously tested at Leeds in midweek and it will be interesting to see how much that game has taken out of the players considering Redknapp fielded a near enough full strength team.
Neither club made late forays into the January transfer market which means both managers are happy with their respective squads. Only Younes Kaboul and Eidur Gudjohnsen came in at Spurs and Martin O’Neill brought in no new faces at Villa Park. The Carling Cup finalists are yet to be beaten in 2010 and have played over 270 minutes of football without conceding a league goal. Agbonlahor’s brace last time out took his tally for the season to ten and he represents good value at 13/2 to score the opener at White Hart Lane. Liam Ridgewell’s 90th minute equaliser for Birmingham was the third time in the last four games that Spurs had succumbed to last minute goals. With this in mind, Villa represent good value at 5/2 with Hills to score in the last fifteen minutes of the match (76-90mins).
The reverse fixture at Villa Park ended in a 1-1 draw in November and I think this one will too. Both sides are in good form of late, but at 9/4 Villa seem a good price to nick all three points. Spurs have been a little suspect at White Hart Lane at times this season; lowly Wolves and Stoke have claimed all three points by nicking goals and nullifying the threat of Crouch and Defoe. With a Carling Cup date at Wembley looming at the end of the month for Martin O’Neill side, they can begin February as they mean to go on with a priceless three points here.
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