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Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur odds and betting statistics

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Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur match preview

A key game in the race for European qualification as eighth plays host to sixth.

Aston Villa kick off three points below Spurs, following back-to-back defeats, both coming away from home.

A week ago, Unai Emery’s side were beaten 1-0 by Wolves at Molineux, having lost at Manchester United by the same scoreline six days earlier.

Before this, the Claret and Blue Army were actually unbeaten in ten, winning eight of them, thereby surging from mid-table obscurity into European contention.

Villa kick off in eighth, which would not see them end their 13-year absence from UEFA competition.

After this, they face Liverpool (A) and Brighton (H), thereby taking on the three clubs directly above them.

Tottenham Hotspur meantime beat Crystal Palace 1-0 a week ago, with Harry Kane heading home the only goal of the afternoon.

Before this, Ryan Mason’s men had accumulated just one point from four matches, but are back up to sixth, three points clear of Villa.

Remember, fifth and sixth go into the Europa League, seventh is Europa Conference League and eighth is no European football.

Spurs’ season concludes with Brentford (H) and Leeds (A), meaning a 15th consecutive season of European qualification is under threat.

Villa won 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on New Year’s day, but haven’t completed a league-double over Spurs since 1995/96.

Will that change at Villa Park?

Aston Villa team news

Despite back-to-back defeats, Unai Emery isn’t likely to change too much.

Bertrand Traoré started for the first time since returning from his loan spell at İstanbul Başakşehir last weekend, but the more defensive option that is Leander Dendoncker is likely to return here.

Ollie Watkins bagged a brace in Villa’s last home game, a 3-0 win over Newcastle, taking his tally to 15 for the sason.

Centre-back Diego Carlos came off the bench at Molineux, his first minutes since August having suffered an ACL injury.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Martínez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Moreno; Douglas Luiz, Dendoncker, McGinn, Buendía, Ramsey; Watkins.

Tottenham Hotspur team news

Harry Kane scored his 209th Premier League goal last weekend, overtaking Wayne Rooney.

A goal here would see him draw level with Geoff Hurst and move into top 20 of all-time top-flight English scorers, still 148 short of Jimmy Greaves’ record.

Ryan Mason switched to a back four last weekend, with Emerson returning at right-back after injury, allowing Pedro Porro to start in a more advanced role.

Eric Dier, Ivan Perišić and Dejan Kuluševski were dropped to the bench for the win over Palace, so it’ll be interesting to see if any of them return.

Yves Bissouma was much happier to be amongst the substitutes a week ago, now hoping to feature for the first time since 5 February after an ankle injury.

Fraser Forster will continue in goal with Hugo Lloris out for the rest of the season.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Forster; Emerson, Romero, Lenglet, Davies; Porro, Højbjerg, Skipp, Son Heung-min; Richarlison, Kane.

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