The Monday night live match in the Premier League is Tottenham v Aston Villa, where the home side have been installed as odds onfavourites to win the match.Spurs hope to have manager Harry Redknapp back on the sidelines following his heart operation, whilst Villa are looking for their first away win of the season. It hasnt all been bad for Alex McLeishs side however having drawn four of their last five away games in the Premier League, but the Midlanders are as big as 11/2 to win here with bookmaker Bet365, with Spurs a very short 8/15 and the draw 3/1.
A run of seven wins and a draw in their last eight games makes Spurs very much one of the form sides in the division. Harry Redknapps side got off to a slow start with their opening match of the season postponed due to the London riots, they then lost 3-0 at Old Trafford before taking a 5-1 thrashing at home to Manchester City. With the two Manchester sides at the top of the Premier League, those defeats dont seem too bad in retrospect, especially considering the likes of Ledley King, Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor were all absent for those two matches. Luka Modric has settled back into the team since the end of the transfer window and these four players are key to Spurs playing well, along with the Dutchman Rafael Van der Vaart who is the top scorer for the London club.
Aston Villa sit in eighth place in the division before Mondy nights game and Manchester City are the only club to have beat them away from Villa Park this season in five matches. Good draws at the likes of Sunderland, Everton and Fulham will give Alex McLeish confidence that his side can set up and avoid defeat at White Hart Lane.
The aforementioned Rafael Van der Vaart picked up a hamstring injury on International duty for Holland and is rated at a 75% chance of playing here. Adebayor heads the first goalscorer odds with Bet365 and is 15/4 to score first and odds on 5/6 to score anytime. After a fast start for his loan club Spurs, the Togan striker has now failed to hit the net in his last six Premier League starts, so he looks a little skinny here at the prices. Van der Vaart has scored six goals in the league during this period and is really thriving off playing a more central role for the team this season. At 21/20 the Dutchman could be worth a squeak to score anytime, whilst Jermain Defoe who has looked sharp when coming on could be a bet at the same price.
Spurs have won seven of their last eight matches, with just the solitary draw away at Newcastle the only blip during this time. With the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on the flanks and Scott Parker thriving in midfield alongside Luka Modric its a really well balanced midfield who could cause Villa all sorts of problems.
Spurs have scored in the first half of matches on seven of the eight matches they have won and should Harry Redknapps side get off to a fast start here the 2/1 about the first half having the most goals could well be a good bet with Bet 365.
For all Spurs dominance since the end of August, theyve not kept a clean sheet since their 4-0 thrashing of Liverpool on the 18th September, so both teams to score at 4/6 and over 2.5 goals at 3/5 are both predictably short priced.
A home winwill keepsome daylight between them and Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for fourth place with a game in hand, sodespitewhat could be a stubborn Villa defence, Harry Redknapps side have the extra quality to take all three points here. Spurs have won three of their seven games in the league this season by a 2-1 scoreline, so backing this eventuality on Monday at odds of 15/2 should provide some interest.
Check the seasons statistics for bothTottenham and Aston Villaplus the odds ahead of Mondays match.
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Spurs to beat Villa 2-1 @ odds of 15/2 with Bet365.Jermain Defoe to score anytime @ odds of 21/20 with Bet365.First half to have most goals @ odds of 2/1 with Bet365.
8/15 Tottenham3/1 Draw11/2 Aston Villa
15/2Tottenham 1-07/1Tottenham 2-015/2Tottenham 2-114/1 Draw 0-013/2 Draw 1-112/1 Draw 2-220/1 Aston Villa1-040/1 Aston Villa2-020/1 Aston Villa2-1
9/2 Emmanuel Adebayor6/1 Jermain Defoe6/1 Rafael Van der Vaart6/1 Roman Pavlyuchenko13/2 Darren Bent13/2 Gareth Bale15/2 Gabriel Agbonlahor15/2 Aaron Lennon15/2 Luka Modric8/1 Emile Heskey8/1 Marc Albrighton
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