Tottenham Hotspur were top of the table through most of October, but a bad night at home to Chelsea as seen them slip down the table. Everything started so well with Tottenham taking the lead, but then injuries and red cards saw a final result of 4-1 to Chelsea.
Spurs then headed off to Wolves and Johnson scored early, but a late late show from Wolves saw them win 2-1 and Big Ange’s team were on the end of back to back Premier League defeats for the first time this season.
Injuries to James Maddison and now suspensions to Basouma and Romero leave Spurs thin on the ground and they now welcome fellow ‘Top4’ challengers in Aston Villa, who will be excited about the opportunity to play Spurs at the right time.
Spurs are likely to have Son fit and with Johnson and Kulisevski also in the line up, Spurs do pose a big threat going forward. But the loss of Maddison and also Richarlison as well, will not give Spurs their full potential going forward.
For Aston Villa, their home form is one of the best in the Premier League. They have been very comfortable at Villa Park asn seen some big wins in recent weeks which have propelled them to fifth in the table and just outside the ‘Top4’.
Ollie Watkis is in fine goalscoring form and McGinn is playing well in midfield as is Douglas Luiz, who is doing a great job protecting the back four and also dictacing play.
However it’s Aston Villa’s away form which need to improve if they are really going to challenge at the top of the table as a 2-0 loss away at Nottingham Forest last time out was a concern and then a 1-1 draw away at Wolves. One other result of note was a convincing 3-0 win for Liverpool over Aston Villa at Anfield.
So, for Spurs, they will look to take advantage of Aston Villa’s poor away from, but for Unai Emery’s men, this is a massive chance to kick start their away form and beat a top side to get into the ‘Top4’.
It promises to be a huge game as a loss for Spurs will mean three defeats on the bounce and then with injuries still in play, they could struggle to get a win as next up after this is Man City away.
For Aston Villa, they are performing so well at home and fifth in the League is exactly the kind of position they want to be in.
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This game is tough to call as Spurs do have talent to hurt Aston Villa and with Son ready to add to his goals this season, the home side can make it an uncomfortable day for Aston Villa, who are struggling away from home.
However with big injuries, Spurs will have to show a lot of grit to compete with an Ason Villa side, who, at home are playing some amazing football, scoring plenty of goals in the process.
With no side looking to concede anything to the other, this may well end up as a draw so our punters,pub bet of the day is 29/10 with BetUK, Spurs to draw with Aston Villa.