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Tottenham Hotspur FC vs Aston Villa FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Wembley, London, Wembley Stadium

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Tottenham aiming to remain in top four and face tricky Aston Villa test

  • Tottenham are currently in the top four but their grasp is slipping
  • They are just one point ahead of Manchester United having won just two of their last six
  • Villa have started well under Unai Emery but were well beaten by Liverpool last time

Tottenham to win 2-1

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Wembley, London, Wembley Stadium

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We are beginning to expect the unexpected from Tottenham these days. Despite having a world-class manager in Antonio Conte, there is little consistency from one game to the next and it is showing in their results.

They continue to go behind in matches, must to the disappointment of their manager and their fanbase, only to turn things around in the second half.

Eventually, you feel that luck is going to run out and they’ll come undone. If results go against them here, they could find themselves outside of the top four.

Aston Villa have started life positively under new manager Unai Emery. They won their first two league games, including against Manchester United, and gave their all in a thrilling defeat to Liverpool recently.

They will need greater consistency, as well as some new players in January, in order to challenge for the top half. However, fans can be optimistic about the future once more with a top-class manager at the helm.

A strong performance against Spurs would continue that positivity into the New Year.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Have taken a league-high 14 points from losing positions this season

     Beaten Aston Villa in 12 of their last 14 meetings

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have found themselves trailing at halftime in seven of their last eight games

     Conceded two or more goals in their last six matches

There are several warning signs for Tottenham right now. With Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea breathing down their neck, now is not the time to wobble.

Spurs haven’t played the most attractive brand of football under Antonio Conte, however fans can almost live with that if the results are still piling in. Currently, they are not, with just two wins from their last six.

The fact that they are going behind in almost every game they play must be causing Conte many sleepless nights, not to mention the fans. Sure, they usually come back, but for how much longer?

Their record against Aston Villa is a good one, at least. They’ve only lost twice to Villa in 14 games, winning the other 12.

They could welcome back World Cup winner Christian Romero here, which should bolster their defence. Bentancur, Richarlison and Lucas remain out.

Star Man – Harry Kane

Put his World Cup disappointment behind him by scoring a brilliant header against Brentford, sparking Spurs’ comeback. He is the Premier League’s joint-top scorer on New Year’s Day with five goals.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Emery could win his first two away games as Villa manager

     And Emery was unbeaten against Spurs in three games as Arsenal manager

Reasons to be fearful

     Villa have lost their last five games in London

     Dreadful record against Spurs over the years

Despite their recent defeat to Liverpool, Aston Villa will retain huge optimism surrounding their future under new manager Unai Emery.

He has been successful across Europe, most notably in Spain and France, and has a strong reputation of building teams that challenge for silverware. 

Whether he’ll do so at Aston Villa is a question that cannot yet be answered, but he has the financial backing of the owners which always helps. Who they buy in the January transfer window will be key.

Their record against Spurs is dreadful, although they have a good chance of changing that here. Spurs are arguably at their weakest point over the past couple of seasons, while Villa are on the up.

Here, World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emi Martinez should return to add much-needed stability and presence to their defence.

Star Man – Ollie Watkins

The Englishman has improved already under Unai Emery, who looks to use Watkins’ pace in behind defences. He has scored on his two previous visits to Spurs.

     Will be chances at both ends

     Don’t be surprised if Spurs go behind yet again

     Could be a game of two halves

Tottenham have it all to do here, against a team that is showing signs of working their way up the table under a top manager.

They cannot afford to go two goals behind, as they did against Brentford, although no one would be surprised if they conceded the first goal here.

Villa often start fast and with Martinez back in goal, they should be more stable in defence.

However, Conte is a master at getting every inch of talent out of his players, and you feel that they’ll find a way through here.

Tottenham to win 2-1

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Author: Ross B.