Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs Looking to Build on Impressive Turnaround

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It’s been an incredible turnaround at Spurs: At the start of last month, we looked to be drifting out of the top six and into the dreaded Europa Conference League place. While it’s true that other results have gone our way, three straight league wins put the club in fourth place and Champions League destiny is back in our own hands.

Next up is a trip to Aston Villa in Saturday’s 5.30pm kick off. Steven Gerrard’s men are firmly in mid table both in terms of overall league positioning and the recent form guide but there will always be dangers on the road.

Can we make in four in four or will the Villains halt our progress?

Team News

Ahead of the Newcastle United game, Antonio Conte was quite upbeat about Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon. Both men have been sidelined for some time but neither looks likely to be available for Saturday’s game. A return against Brighton in a week’s time is the new target for Ryan and Skippy.

Sergio Reguilon is also a major doubt while we already know that Japhet Tanganga is ruled out for the remainder of the season. There are no suspensions for the Aston Villa game so we may expect the manager to have a full squad, barring those four names.

Match Odds

Tottenham are the favourites to take all three points but there are odds against figures for all three possible results. The away win kicks things off at 6/5 with Coral and BetFred while victory for Aston Villa is next at best odds of 9/4 with Unibet. Completing the match betting is the draw which is available at 12/5 with Betway.

Including those three straight league wins, Spurs have claimed 15 points in their last six games which puts Conte’s men in second place in the form table. Across those same six games, Aston Villa have secured nine points.

Given form and overall league places, Tottenham may be natural favourites but it’s easy to see why all the prices are above Even Money.

Side Markets

Harry Kane was disappointed not to get on the mark as Spurs put five past Newcastle last time out. Our main striker has been in a decent run of form despite that, and he starts as favourite to open the scoring on Saturday at best odds of 41/10 with VBet.

Son Heung-Min is the second favourite in the first goalscorer betting at 5/1 with Unibet while Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins slots in next at a top price of 7/1 with 888Sport. Other options from within the Tottenham camp include Steven Bergwijn at 17/2 with Unibet, Dejan Kulusevski at 17/2 with Quinnbet, Lucas Moura at 10/1 with BetFred and goal machine Matt Doherty at 16/1 with Unibet.

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Son-Heung Min

In other side markets, Both Teams to Score is on offer for this game at 7/11 with SportNation. If that looks a little too short, you can consider betting No on BTTS for a top price of 5/4 with 10Bet.

Over in the total goals betting, a stake Over the 2.5 line will currently attract odds of 5/6 with VBet. If you want to push that a stage further, Over 3.5 combined goals is quoted at 28/12 with SportNation. Alternatively, if you’re expecting a low scoring 90 minutes, you can opt for Under 2.5 goals which is available at a top price of Even Money with SportNation once again.

All that’s left from the betting section of this preview is a look at the Correct Score market. If you’re remaining positive in the wake of recent results, a 2-1 away win could be the way to go at 8/1 with Quinnbet and Ladbrokes. The same outcome in favour of Aston Villa is on offer at 11/1 with 888Sport while the 2-2 draw can be claimed at 12/1 with 888Sport and Quinnbet.

Last Season

The corresponding fixture from the 2020/21 season ended in a comfortable 2-0 win for Spurs. The game featured a rare start for Carlos Vinicius who opened the scoring on 29 minutes. Harry Kane doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the second half and Tottenham were largely untroubled throughout.

Was this a rare look at what could happen if Spurs chose to start a game with two strikers? That’s another question for another day but this was a pleasing result and it would be nice to see a similar outcome on Saturday.

Verdict

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The curse of being a Tottenham supporter is the ability to get carried away at just the wrong time. After a shaky period in February, Spurs have won five of their last six league games and should have got a result from Old Trafford in their solitary defeat.

Our opponents’ form is mixed and we are worthy favourites but we know the dangers of complacency, especially when we are on the road.

It certainly is difficult not to get excited about the team. The addition of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski has been a revelation since the two former Juventus men have settled in and they are positive indications of Tottenham’s recruitment policy moving forward.

For now, it’s all about picking up as many points as possible and aiming to close out that top four place.

Yes, we should win here but we won’t fall into the trap of tipping the result. Instead, let’s just stick to the side markets and we’ll start with Harry Kane to open the scoring. It’s an obvious suggestion but Harry is in good touch once again and he’s ‘due’ a contribution after drawing a blank last Sunday.

We’ll round off with Under 2.5 goals. While Tottenham have found their shooting boots, Villa could provide a stiffer test here. A low scoring win – perhaps a repeat of last season’s 2-0 away victory would do just nicely.

Best Bets:

  • Harry Kane to score the first goal at 41/10 with VBet
  • Under 2.5 Goals at Even Money with SportNation

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