Spurs vs Aston Villa betting
Spurs are on a superb run of form in the Premiership, having won 7 of their last 8 games – drawing the other one. The inspirational Rafael Van der Vaart looks set to be fit in time for this game, completing a formidable midfield boasting the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale & summer signing Scott Parker. They will be hopeful that manager Harry Redknapp, who recently underwent a serious operation, will return to the dugout for this match and Spurs have confirmed that he could make an anticipated return. Despite being outplayed for much of the game last time out against struggling Fulham, Tottenham will head into this game full of confidence that they can record another victory against an inconsistent Aston Villa side.
Sitting in 8th position, Villa have made a decent start to their first season under manager Alex McLeish. However consistency remains a problem and they will need lethal attacking duo Darren Bent and Gabby Agbonlahor to continue their sparkling form against a Spurs defence lacking Michael Dawson. Their away form hasn’t been great with their last win away from Villa Park coming at Arsenal back in May. Their 3 – 2 victory over Premiership newcomers Norwich will have breathed new confidence into Villa with it being their first win in four matches, however they will have to up their game again if they wish to get anything from White Hart Lane.
Match Prediction – Tottenham Hotspur to win (William Hill – 1.60)
Spurs boast a fine record against Aston Villa, having been unbeaten in their last five encounters against them. Even more impressively, boss Harry Redknapp has yet to lose in his last ten Premier league matches against them, stretching back to his time with Portsmouth. Matches between these two sides have produced plenty of goals over the years, most notably a 4 – 4 draw at White Hart Lane back in 2007. Spurs won both fixtures 2 – 1 last season and a similar scoreline could be expected on Monday, however Villa can never be ruled out when they have the likes of Agbonlahor and former Spurs striker Darren Bent up front, both of whom can easily pop up with a goal even at the most unexpected of times. Villa’s only league win in their last eleven visits to White Hart Lane was a 2 -1 victory back in September 2008 and given Tottenham’s fantastic recent form, it looks likely that they will continue their miserable run against the North London outfit. However Villa remain no pushovers and this contest could be a lot closer fought than most may think.
Article by Anthony Cunningham
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