Tottenham v Aston Villa: Spurs to forge on

Villa will have a lot on their plate to get the upper hand

An in-form Tottenham Hotspur's play hosts to Aston Villa at White Heart Lane and could welcome back Harry Redknapp to the dugout. Alex McLeish has yet to taste victory against Redknapp and the last time they met was when Tottenham sent Birmingham down to The Championship.

Redknapp's side will be without Michael Dawson who is suffering from an Achilles injury, Tom Huddlestone with an ankle injury and Niko Kranjcar who is still unfit since a knock that saw him come off during an international match. Rafael van de Vaart could feature for Spurs if he has managed to regain full fitness and this would be a big boost for the squad.

McLeish's side were unfortunate during the international break as Gabriel Agbonlahor and Nathan Delfouneso both took knocks while representing their country. It is unknown the extent of Delfouneso's injury, however, it is hopeful that Agbonlahor may already be fully recovered and feature in the squad. Captain Stilian Petrov is another player who has been suffering from a niggling hamstring problem but could have regained full fitness thanks to the international break. Due to loan conditions, Jermaine Jenas will be unavailable to play.

This top-half of the Premier League clash looks set to be a very hard fought affair. Villa's form has dipped slightly in recent weeks, however, we all know what a strong and stubborn side they are and they will certainly be looking to get back on track with a good win. Although, looking at Tottenham's recent form it looks like Villa will have a lot on their plate to get the upper hand. Spurs have gone eight Premier League matches unbeaten and only dropping two points in the process. Spurs haven't lost to Villa in their last five head-to-heads, winning three and drawing twice, and Villa have only ever managed one win out of 11 trips to White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale looks to be the in-form player for Tottenham at the moment. He has scored four goals in his last four matches and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him on the score-sheet again. The Welshman is showing great consistency recently and his pace and crossing abilities are to be feared by any defence.

Gabriel Agbonlahor seems to be the key-man in the Villa squad lately and has proved that he is much more than just a speed merchant by rising to the task of taking on the creativity role that was previously shouldered by Ashley Young. His pace undeniably is his main asset but he has a great eye for a goal and the skills to be a big, big threat. The understanding that him and Darren Bent have forged together means Tottenham cannot afford to switch off at any point of this match.

Both teams are going to be dangerous throughout this match and I expect a real classy affair. However, Tottenham will be full of confidence from their recent form and are well known to start with a fast pace when playing at White Hart Lane. I think Tottenham will outclass their opponents on the night and could come away with a good win.

Bet Recommendations: 

Tottenham/Tottenham in HT/FT @ 6/5 with Paddy Power

Gareth Bale to score anytime @ 2/1 with Sky Bet

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 20/11/2011 - 18:46 PM
Filed in:- Tottenham Betting News, Bournemouth, Tottenham

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