Aston Villa – Tottenham 26.12.2012
Paul Lambert will definitely demand a response from his players after what was one of the biggest defeats in club’s history, whereas Tottenham will see this match as an opportunity to make amends for the goalless draw against Stoke City.
Club’s difficult financial situation and the necessity to trim down what was a heft wage bill were the reasons why Paul Lambert wasn’t really able to properly rebuild the squad after several more experienced players left Villa Park during off-season. He has made no less than eight new signings, but with most of them still at a very fragile age and lacking Premiership experience, Aston Villa were always going to remain one of the main candidates for the drop. Lambert’s talented side have shown glimpses of quality this season, mostly thanks to impressive Christian Benteke, but the 8-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge is enough to suggest the Villans are nowhere near the required quality to match the best sides in the league. Having scored just one goal in last three home games, Aston Villa will struggle to match very good Tottenham side.
Match: A. Villa – Tottenham 18.30h
League: England Premier League
Our prediction: Away Win Odds: 1.95
Tottenham started the season slowly, which was hardly a surprise given the huge changes the squad had suffered during off-season. As the season unfolded, Spurs kept raising their game and they returned into the top 4 race in no time. Injury to Gareth Bale did halt their progress a little bit, while the team were extremely unfortunate not to beat top 4 rivals Everton at Goodison. Spurs have been in fine form of late, even if they failed to turn their dominance into goals against Stoke City, but with Gareth Bale back to the side, they can be trusted to return to winning ways against Aston Villa. Scott Parker has finally returned into action, and with Benoit Assou-Ekotto also closing in on his return, there is every chance Tottenham will only go from strength to strength in the future.