Tim Sherwood’s spell in charge of Aston Villa came to its predictable conclusion last week after another defeat and they’ve now picked up just one point since their opening day win at Bournemouth. The unfortunate truth is they’ve been a poor side for a few years and while they have a couple of decent youngsters they sold their one match winner in Christian Benteke and failed to buy an adequate replacement. So a trip to in-form Spurs probably isn’t what they need right now.
After a slightly unfortunate defeat at Old Trafford on the opening day Spurs have been unbeaten and the question marks over Harry Kane’s form were firmly answered last week as the England striker netted a hat-trick at Bournemouth. Villa actually won here towards the end of last season but prior to that they’d lost eight of nine meetings, home or away, since 2010/11. Furthermore, in the past two seasons Spurs have won nine of their 12 home games against bottom-six finishers with five wins by more than one goal.
Villa have lost 13 of their last 16 away matches and look devoid of confidence. Their second half record is a shocking W1-D15-L17 over their last 33 matches and a record like that suggests a lack of fitness and concentration among the squad. Given Spurs have won the second half in five of their last six matches and have a W7-D5-L1 record in the second half of their last 13 home games there are surely few worse teams for Villa to face. Spurs are 8/11 to win the second half which looks a decent price while the 5/2 to win both halves has a good chance
– particularly given Villa have lost that way in five of their last 13 away games.
A major part in Spurs’ excellent form have been the performances of Christian Eriksen and with Brad Guzan in shaky form in goal the Danish Prince will relish any opportunity to showcase his lethal free-kicks. At 15/8 to score anytime he’s worth considering.