Aston Villa are desperate for points and they’ll do anything to keep all three at home, but Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham are also serious about their Champions League spot ambitions and all of it should make for a thrilling contest on Sunday.
The Villans on the rise
After being almost written off in the Premier League survival battle, Aston Villa turned it around with Dean Smith’s men showing a completely different face and they are now above the relegation zone, even if just by a point more than the 18th-placed West Ham.
Villa Park is their safe zone - the Villans took five wins at home, scoring 16 goals in 12 matches, proving that the fans are a big part of their success. As you’d imagine, Jack Grealish is at the heart of the events - the English playmaker scored seven goals so far and the team relies on him, not just to produce goals, but also to create for his teammates and carry the offensive burden on his shoulders basically throughout the whole season.
Villa’s confidence was boosted after they qualified for the League Cup final as they will travel to Wembley to face Manchester City after knocking out Leicester in a spectacle that ended with Trezegeut’s last-minute winner against the Foxes.
Mourinho in the Champions League hunt
A big opponent will be standing on the other side of the pitch - Tottenham are on a two-match Premier League win streak, as Jose Mourinho’s new club is fighting for the Champions League spot. Chelsea is just four points ahead, and matches like these are a must-win situation for the Spurs.
Tottenham found themselves lacking in the personnel upfront with Harry Kane’s injury, meaning that Son Heung-Min has to take on more goalscoring duties. However, a new solution popped up - Steven Bergwijn arrived from PSV this January and scored against none less than Manchester City as the Spurs snatched a 2-0 win in a typical Mourinho performance.
The latest triumph against Southampton just confirmed the good mood at the new White Hart Lane, given that Son’s converted penalty was also a match-winner.
Aston Villa vs Spurs Prediction
With two potent attacks facing off, there should be plenty of goals in both nets, and we’ll hopefully get a spectacle from a neutral point of view.
A flurry of goals is expected, with the Spurs having more chances to come out on top.
The hosts are priced to win at 3/1, while Tottenham are at 5/6. The draw result is at 27/10.