Kick-off: 1730, 10/08/2019
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Tottenham have had all summer to dwell on a disappointing end to last season and Aston Villa could feel the backlash when the new Premier League campaign begins.
The visitors are back in the top flight after a three-year absence and may not be quite ready to tackle one of the elite-level teams at this stage.
It is 17/20 for Spurs to win and over 2.5 goals in the game and that is our initial Tottenham vs Aston Villa prediction.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
After promising so much for long periods of last term, Tottenham just faded out at the business end of proceedings.
Only one win in their last five Premier League matches saw Spurs slip down to fourth in the table, before they were beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League final.
The only plus point to come out of those setbacks was that head coach Mauricio Pochettino remains committed to the club, as the Argentinian admitted he may have been tempted to move on if European glory had been achieved.
Pochettino said: “I love a massive challenge, a difficult challenge, and of course now to rebuild that mentality to make it possible to repeat a similar season, that is exciting and motivates me a lot.”
Harry Kane added: “There were certain games that were just unacceptable from our point of view, so we need to try to be more consistent. That’s the key.
“When you look at City and Liverpool, that’s what they were last season, consistent over the 38 games – and it’s down to us to match that, if not better it.”
Losing Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid was a blow, but big things are expected from France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who has joined from Lyon for £53.8million.
Landing midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis on a season-long loan before committing to a £55m purchase looks a shrewd bit of business.
England Under-21 wing-back Ryan Sessegnon comes in for £25m from Fulham and could make an instant impact, despite still being a teenager.
Potential deals for Argentina forward Paulo Dybala and Brazil star Philippe Coutinho couldn’t be done, while Christian Eriksen’s future remains in doubt.
Spurs also start the campaign with Dele Alli injured and Son Heung-Min suspended, but they have looked sharp in warm-up matches, edging out Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to lift the Audi Cup in Germany.
The hosts started out last season by scoring eight goals in three straight wins over Newcastle, Fulham and Manchester United, so 5/4 they net at least three times here stands out from the Tottenham vs Aston Villa odds.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Aston Villa had to come up via the Championship play-offs but have shown plenty of ambition during the summer transfer window.
Brazilian striker Wesley arrived for a club-record fee from Brugge, while the defence has been bolstered by bringing in Brentford’s Ezri Konsa and Southampton’s Matt Targett.
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was bought for £8m, while Zimbabwe international Marvelous Nakamba, Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz and Egypt winger Trezeguet all have plenty of potential if adapting to life in England.
Add on completing deals to sign Bournemouth centre-half Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause from Wolves on a permanent basis after last season’s successful loan spells and Dean Smith can have few complaints about the recruitment process.
Smith isn’t one to park the bus against better teams, though, and that could lead to some interesting scorelines, especially on the road.
The Midlands outfit are capable of grabbing a consolation goal in London, but 21/2 for them to lose 3-1 completes our Tottenham vs Aston Villa predictions.
TOTTENHAM 0-2 Liverpool
ASTON VILLA 2-1 Derby – Anwar El Ghazi, John McGinn
Head-to-head: Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham, Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
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