Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa for the English Premier League championship match on Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It was an undeniably successful season for Spurs. They won 4th place in the Premier League for the 4th consecutive season and reached the Champions League final. They did it all without signing with a single-player for 18 months. Now Mauricio Pocchettino will want to take this squad a little further and get his hands on some trophies.
The preseason has been a mix for Pocchettino’s men, with wins against Juventus and Real Madrid, interspersed with the defeat with Manchester United and draws against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Exciting northern London is hiring midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for £ 54 million.
Aston Villa’s summer has been a little different from Spurs. They didn’t punch after the promotion last season, spending over £ 100m on new players and breaking the £ 20m barrier with Wesley and Tyrone Mings.
The Villains also had a series of 5 preseason wins, although it should be said that wins over Minnesota United, Shrewsbury, Walsall and Charlton can hardly be considered a barometer for their flight potential.
All said and done, I hope a crucial game with few goals starts the first full season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Aston Villa averaged 2.6 league goals per game last year, but their last 10 away matches have seen 7 of them end with less than 3 goals scored. Spurs can use a similar record, with 6 of the previous 10 Premier League home games also scoring low.
This points to a bet of less than 2.5 goals, which looks particularly useful given the generous odds. It’s hard to ignore Spurs’ quality advantage as well, and with them facing a potentially fresh and new side of Aston Villa, so the Spurs bet is also a good bet.
My bet is under 1.5 goals in the 1st half.