Monday night’s game sees Aston Villa travel to North London in what should be a great game.
Spurs are in fantastic form, winning seven and drawing one of the last eight. Optimistic fans may even be whispering about title challenges, though a top four spot may be more realistic. Given that Villa have won on just one of their last 11 visits to White Hart Lane the odds of the home side winning seem fair at 4/7 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting).
Villa are a big price to win at 6/1 with Victor Chandler (£75 free bets) and their chances will be helped if Gabby Agbonlahor and captain Stiliyan Petrov are passed fit. Both men have hamstring injuries but are in contention and if they are fit then perhaps they can help their side to a draw at 16/5.
Alex McLeish’s men are always well set up and solid at the back with Dunne and James Collins forming a good unit with Shay Given in goal. However, with Spurs so potent going forward, even without Van der Vaart who is a doubt, goals look likely. The home side will be full of confidence and Adebayor gives them a big physical presence. The ex-Arsenal striker is favourite to score anytime at a decent price of 9/2 (Coral) and Bale is starting to hit form too so could be worth backing at 15/2 (bet365).
Given that Villa will also look to attack, probably playing 4-3-3 if Agbonlahor is fit, goals look likely in this one. The sides shared eight goals in 2007 and the score has been 2-1 to one side or the other in six of the last nine league meetings.
We expect Spurs, whether Redknapp makes the bench or not, to win an entertaining clash and over 2.5 goals looks like a good shout.