Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa predictions and betting tips for their FA Cup tie on Sunday 8th January at 4pm with reasons for each tip and a match preview.
Tottenham picked up a huge result against Chelsea on Wednesday after recording a 2-0 win against the league leaders. That win has moved Spurs up to third in the table and has kept the title race wide open. Their attentions this weekend now turn to the FA Cup, a trophy they have not won for over 25 years, and on Sunday they host Aston Villa. The Villans have been revived under new boss Steve Bruce, and in the Championship, they now sit in 12th, just seven points off the play-offs.
Both sides are expected to make a few changes as one eye will of course be on the league for their own reasons, Tottenham are well and truly in with a chance of the top four, while Aston Villa will want to bounce back to the top tier at the first time of asking.
The referee of this match is the unpopular Mike Dean, who caused controversy in his last match when wrongly sending off Sofiane Feghouli and ultimately costing West Ham’s chances of picking up any points.
With Rudy Gestede leaving for Middlesbrough and Jonathan Kodjia going away for the AFCON, it leaves Villa desperately short of strikers and leaves Ross McCormack to lead the line for them this weekend. However, in eight of their last 10 away games in the FA Cup since 2009, Aston Villa have managed to get on the scoresheet. Those matches included Everton and Arsenal, and with Tottenham expected to rotate their team around, The Villans have every chance of getting on the scoresheet here too. In their last four FA Cup matches at White Hart Lane, Tottenham have not recorded a single clean sheet. In them games they faced Palace, Leicester (twice) and Burnley. In eight of their last nine away matches this campaign, Villa have conceded at least one, and on Sunday I cannot see the changing against Spurs. My first Tottenham vs Aston Villa betting tip for this match is going to be for both teams to score at 11/10 with Betfair.
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In nine of their last 11 matches, over 2.5 goals have been scored in games that have featured Spurs. On seven of those occasions, Spurs have conceded, so although on paper they have a solid defence, there is no doubt that at times Pochettino’s side can be slightly vulnerable. Likewise, with Villa, nine of their last 10 FA Cup matches away from home have had over 2.5 goals scored in them, with both teams scoring in eight of them. This cup certainly brings goals, and I am expecting there to be a handful in this game, which is why my second Tottenham vs Aston Villa prediction is for both teams to score and over 2.5 which is valued at 29/20 with Coral.
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The goalscorer tips for this fixture could prove to be difficult to pick. As I mentioned, Jonathan Kodjia is unavailable and the Ivorian is Villa’s top scorer this season. Whereas for Spurs, it is unlikely that Pochettino will play their topscorer Harry Kane for the full 90 minutes. Last time Dutch striker Vincent Janssen featured in the cup for Tottenham, he managed to get on the scoresheet – and it is likely that he will start for Spurs on Sunday. Therefore, my final Tottenham vs Aston Villa betting tip is going to for Vincent Janssen to score anytime, which is 21/20 with Bet365.
Erik Lamela is Tottenham’s only injury concern coming into this match. The Argentine is yet to recover from a hip problem. Pochettino is expected to make a few changes to his squad, which means the likes of Kieran Trippier, Harry Winks and Kevin Wimmer could all feature. Meanwhile for Villa, they will be without both Jordan Ayew and top scorer Jonathan Kodjia as they are away at the African Cup of Nations. Steve Bruce made Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone his first January singing, and he may make his debut at White Hart Lane. Ritchie De Laet, Micah Richards, and Jed Steer are all ruled out with injury.
In the last seven meetings between the sides, Spurs have picked up six wins and lost once. Their latest fixture was in March last year, which saw Tottenham run out 2-0 winners at Villa Park. However, last time these sides met in the FA Cup, Villa progressed into the fourth round after beating Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
There is no surprise that Tottenham are huge favourites for this fixture, especially after their huge win against Chelsea. They are priced at around 1/3 with most bookmakers. The FA Cup is certainly renown for causing upsets, and if you feel there could be one on the cards this weekend, an Aston Villa win is best valued at 12/1 with Betfair, while a draw is 24/5 with MarathonBet. If you don’t feel backing Tottenham is worth it at the price they are, the last time these sides faced off Spurs won 2-0, and that is valued at 6/1 this weekend.
Both teams to score – 11/10 with Betfair: £30 free bet.
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals – 29/20 with Coral: £20 free bet.
Vincent Janssen to score anytime – 21/20 with Bet365: £200 bonus.