Will Spurs Bounce Back Against Aston Villa?
Everything in the garden was looking rosy for Spurs until, right out of the blue, West Ham beat them at White Hart Lane a fortnight ago – and they didn’t just nick it either, in the end it was a quite embarrassing 3-0 hammering.
Spurs fans had been starting to dream, not just of Champions League football next season, but also of the Premiership title itself after an impressive start to the campaign had left them in third position at the end of last month.
So was that defeat just a blip, or can we expect Andre Villas-Boas’s men to bounce back at Aston Villa tomorrow? Coral go 10/11, but there will be a feeling of relief, as much as anything, if they can return home from the Midlands with a positive result after such a jolt.
It might well be that Villas-Boas was simply outfoxed on the day by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who didn’t play a recognised striker, but nevertheless the lack of an effective response from Spurs when things started to go wrong must have been worrying for the home camp.
Their defence had been as tight as a drum before that game, while they have also produced some of the best attacking football of the season, thanks in no small part to the contribution of Andros Townsend.
The new England hero now faces competition on the right wing from fit-again Aaron Lennon and his form is sure to take a dip at some stage in the season, but for the moment he is bursting with confidence and it would be no surprise to see him on the scoresheet tomorrow – Coral go 7/2 (10/1 he scores first or last) and an appealing 11/4 he provides an assist at any time during the 90 minutes.
Villa have made good strides under Paul Lambert in the past year, progressing from a side fighting relegation to one with mid-table aspirations. They are best when counter-attacking, which means they are often more effective on their travels, although they can also be dangerous when good teams attack them at Villa Park, as Manchester City found to their cost two weeks ago.
Spurs definitely come under the category of ‘good sides’ so we may well be in for an end-to-end treat with perhaps plenty of goals in it, although it would help the home team’s cause if main striker Christian Benteke (6/1 to score first or last, 7/4 at any time) passes a fitness test. A draw (5/2) may be the best shout. Coral’s 14/1 it finishes 2-2 draw also catches the eye, as does the 7/10 both teams to score.