Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Prediction: Aston Villa vs Tottenham

Verdict: Tottenham win

Best Odds: 6/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to extend on their recent purple patch this weekend, Tottenham will make the trip to a struggling Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

Aston Villa

Starting with the hosts, while there might have been much excitement around Villa Park when Steven Gerrard arrived in the Midlands back in November, they are in the midst of a recent struggle. Marking their return from March’s international break with a sluggish 2-1 loss away at local rivals Wolves, the former Liverpool icon has come under some recent scrutiny. Only just about hanging onto their spot in the top-half and almost finding themselves sat in Premier League limbo, Villa will know that they face a tough task on Saturday evening. Heading into the fortnight break with a 1-0 loss at home against Champions League contenders Arsenal, Gerrard’s men have lost their last three Premier League matchups on the bounce. Crashing back down to earth after their brief boost when opening March, they have also shown some extended issues on home soil.

Team News

Returning late from international duties last week, the duo of Emiliano Buendia and Douglas Luiz will be hoping for a recall here.

Likewise, missing last weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Wolves after becoming a father, Danny Ings will be included on Saturday evening.

Tottenham

As for the visitors, putting in a stellar second-half when making their return from the international break last weekend, Tottenham will be desperate to keep up that momentum here. Eventually landing a 5-1 win against Newcastle in north London, Head Coach Antonio Conte has been vocal about his side’s recent improvements. With their sights firmly set on securing a Champions League return this season, Spurs have won five of their last six Premier League outings. Heading into March’s fortnight break with a 3-1 win against Europa League quarter-finalists West Ham, the one-time Chelsea boss could be smelling a golden chance at Villa Park here. Picking up a 2-1 win when they welcomed Saturday’s hosts to the capital back in October, Tottenham will be calling on Son Heung-min to spearhead their charge. Once again finding the net against Newcastle last weekend, the South Korean ace has five in his last six top-flight matchups.

Team News

Storming their way to that 5-1 romp against Newcastle last weekend, Conte could be tempted to once again name the same starting XI here.

However, while Oliver Skipp is inching closer to a return, the England U21 international is not expected to feature at Villa Park on Saturday.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Saturday’s opponents faced off in north London back on October 3rd, Tottenham picked up a 1-0 victory.
    • Including three victories on the spin, Spurs have won five of their previous six Premier League matchups.
    • On the flip side, Aston Villa have lost each of their last three Premier League contests.
    • South Korean winger Son Heung-min has bagged five goals in his last six Premier League appearances.
    • Aston Villa have managed to win just one of their last six Premier League contests on home soil, a run that stems back to December 5th.

    Conclusion

    Eventually storming their way to a 5-1 victory against Newcastle last weekend, Tottenham find themselves enjoying quite the purple patch. Really impressing on either side of March’s international break, Saturday’s guests have won five of their last six Premier League outings. In the midst of a three-match winning run and with their sights set on clinching a Champions League return this season, Spurs should be smelling the chance to lay down another marker here. Slumping to a 2-1 defeat against local rivals Wolves, it is fair to say that Villa are enduring a recent wobble under Steven Gerrard. Along with losing their last three matchups on the spin, they have also shown some extended issues on home soil. Picking up a 2-1 victory when they welcomed Villa to the capital back in October, we’re backing a similar Tottenham win at attractive odds.

    Verdict: Tottenham win

    Best Odds: 6/5

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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