Tottenham v Aston Villa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 10/08/19
Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marcello95cf) previews Tottenham vs Aston Villa and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Tottenham v Aston Villa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 10/08/19
- Time: 17:30
- Venue: Tottenham Stadium
- Channel: N/A
This Saturday’s first late afternoon kick-off of the season sees the return of Aston Villa to the Premier League, where they travel to the Tottenham Stadium to face Spurs.
Last season was a memorable one for Mauricio Pocchetino’s men, as they managed to reach the Champions League Final and secured another season in Europe’s top-flight. However, a summer of positive action in the transfer market means that expectations, rightly so, are higher and people will be expecting more success.
The gap between Liverpool and Manchester City and the rest of the top 6 was frightening last season but the rest of the next four teams seem to have done strong business to try and bridge that gap. Spurs, arguably, still seem best equipped to challenge the top two and starting this season well is imperative.
As for Aston Villa, they have been on of the summer’s big spenders, a total of £133 million has been splashed across 12 players, including big money on the likes of Wesley from Club Brugge, Tyrone Mings on a permanent basis, Douglas Luiz from Man City and Egyptian International, Trezeguet.
They have been yearning for a place back in the top-flight for the past two seasons and with the talent they already had in the squad before the summer, like Jack Grealish and John McGinn, they will be looking to do a bit more than just to stay in the league.
Both sides will have big ambitions, which should make this an entertaining fixture. Both sides have had decent pre-seasons and play an attacking game of football, so I’d like to think there will be some goals on show.
Son Heung-Min is suspended here following his red card at the end of last season, so Lucas should play up top with Harry Kane. Spurs will have to make do without Dele Alli, Juan Foyth, Ben Davies and Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Spurs will assess the fitness of the likes of Eric Dier, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama, whilst Christian Eriksen’s future remains in doubt and unlikely to play a part.
Aston Villa are facing a few issues of their own, with the likes of new singing Azri Ngoyo, Jed Steer and Anwar El Ghazi all doubtful. Villa could field six new singings from the summer.
Potential Spurs Starting XI: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Winks, Ndombele; Lamela; Kane, Moura
Potential Villa Starting XI: Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett; Jota, McGinn, Hourihane, Grealish, Ghazi; Wesley
- Spurs lead the H2H 63 to 49, with 32 draws in there 144 matches played. Spurs have won the last three meetings, whilst Villa have only won once in the last 12 matches between these two sides.
- Other than the win against Spurs in 2015, Villa have not beaten Tottenham since 2008.
Key Stats & Facts
- Spurs have won 9 of the last 10 against Villa in all competitions.
- Spurs have scored at least two goals in 9 of their last 10 matches against Villa in all comps.
- Spurs – 7/20
- Draw – 5/1
- Villa – 21/2
Like I have already mentioned, I think this game has the makings of being an entertaining affair with a few goals in there as well.
Aston Villa scored goals for fun last season in the Championship, with 82 in total, which was the third best in the league. Through pre-season that continued, scoring 16 goals in their five games, in which they won all five, including a 3-1 away win against RB Leipzig. In Grealish, McGinn and Wesley, they look to have plenty in the attacking department and I would expect to see them cause Spurs problems.
As for Spurs, they have the obvious goal threat in Kane and Lucas but it’s their less than assured defence that let them down last campaign. They conceded 39 goals in the league and won just one of their final five league games heading towards their Champions League Final defeat. They managed just two clean sheets in their last 13 games to finish their PL campaign.
They have since gone on to keep just one clean sheet in pre-season and given they haven’t added to their defensive ranks over the summer, I think they might continue to have problems at the back.
The bet I like here is BTTS at 11/10. Opening games are always difficult to call but I think we can bank on both teams scoring given their attacking qualities, as well as their defensive frailties. At an odds-against price as well, it’s is worth backing here.