Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa Betting Preview – 08/01/17

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa Betting Preview – 08/01/17

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Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa Betting Preview – 08/01/17

In our Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

It’s one of the best games of the weekend’s FA Cup Third Round fixtures on Sunday, as Mauricio Pochettino’s in-form Tottenham Hotspur host Steve Bruce’s resurgent Aston Villa at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur go into the game full of confidence after defeating top-place Chelsea on Wednesday night. Aston Villa have lost their first game of 2017 but have been a strong side under Steve Bruce, since he took charge in October. Both sides will be excited to meet again, as this will be the first fixture between the two since Aston Villa were relegated at the end of last season.

After the devastating end to last season, which saw Tottenham Hotspur miss out on the title to Leicester City after conducting an almost perfect campaign, it’s been hard to match that level of intensity this time around. They certainly haven’t been poor, but it’s not far harder to keep up with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal, as they have all strengthened in the summer through new managers and players, looking far harder to compete against. Mauricio Pochettino has got his side clawing their way back up the table though, winning twelve and drawing six of their opening twenty games and looking a tougher team as the games roll on, kicking off 2017 with a convincing 4-1 victory over Watford.

The combination of midfielder Dele Alli and striker Harry Kane has been a crucial part in Spurs’ impressive performances, both racking up ten goals each this season. Their last game was an almost impossible test against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who had leaped up to the top of the table after going through an incredible thirteen game winning streak. It was a fierce fight between both sides, before Tottenham took the lead at the end of the first half, Christian Eriksen’s curling cross reaching Dele Alli in the area, who headed the ball into the top right corner of Thibaut Courtois’ goal. The second half saw an almost identical goal, with Eriksen once again setting up a header for Alli in similar style, which he put away, putting Mauricio Pochettino’s side 2-0 up and winning the game.

Steve Bruce has made Aston Villa a better side since he took over in October, taking seven wins and four draws from his fourteen games at the helm. They sit twelfth in the Championship but mostly due to their poor start under Roberto Di Matteo, which saw them win one and draw seven of their first eleven games, made worse by the fact that they spent an estimated £50m with hopes of returning to the Premier League in the first time of asking. Not many of those transfers have been a success. It’s only really striker Jonathan Kodjia who’s had a definite impact on the team, scoring nine goals. It was just lucky for them that Steve Bruce stood down as recently promoted Hull City boss a few short weeks before the start of the season so he could swoop in to save Villa three months later.

Ending the year going through a run of three games unbeaten, it was expected that Villa could keep up that run with their fixture against Neil Warnock’s nineteenth place Cardiff City, starting 2017 with a win. Things didn’t go completely to plan though, when a corner from The Bluebirds was poorly handled in the opposition area, leading to an easy finish from Joe Ralls to put Aston Villa 1-0 down after just sixteen minutes. Steve Bruce’s side didn’t seem as lively as they had for their previous few games and made little effort to bag an equaliser, fending off an ambitious Cardiff City side. The game ended as a damning 1-0 loss, with things now looking less inspiring for the side as they fell to what has to be their worst defeat under Bruce.

Recommended Bets:

Tottenham to win and over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 17/20 on BetWay) – BET HERE

A goal in both halves (Best priced at 6/10 on Coral) – BET HERE

Dele Alli to score anytime (Best priced at 17/11 on UniBet) – BET HERE

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