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Michael Taylor 27th Nov 2009 - 14:57

Defoe ready to impress Capello

I'm sure punters will be chomping at the bit to get a part of Tottenham this weekend after their incredible 9-1 battering of Wigan but I think the real money could be on Jermain Defoe finding the net once again.

Defoe became this season's Premier League top scorer thanks to his monstrous five goal haul at White Hart Lane, a stat made more impressive by the fact his eleven goals average out at one per game, and he'll hope to at least extend that record here.

At this very moment the lethal frontman isn't only on course to match some of the best goal tallies in history, he's also got the best goals to shots ratio ever in the Premier League - not bad for a man who had been chased out of North London just two seasons previous.

Luckily for Spurs, Harry Redknapp saw sense, brought him back and now there's no sign of letting up as they hunt down an elusive Champions League spot.

Their task this weekend looks a lot tougher than last week's stroll though as they face off against fifth placed Aston Villa in Birmingham.

Martin O'Neill's Villains are once again showing what can be done with some shrewd investments and having faith in home grown talent.

Ashley Young, James Milner, Gabby Agbonlahor and Stephen Warnock are all sure to be on the fringes of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad and all four are more than deserving as they continue to thrive under O'Neill's tremendous leadership.

There's extra incentive for both teams here as well in what could easily be billed as a mid-season six pointer.

A win for Villa draws them level on points, in fourth, with Tottenham while Redknapp's men have an eye on defining themselves as Liverpool's natural replacement amongst the Big Four, however I can't really believe either team can run away with this one.

The trouble is that while both sides would love to win, neither want to lose far more.

Not to say it'll end in a boring low-scoring affair, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the teams cancel each other out in the middle of the park.

In fact it may come down to who provides the best service for his team, Ashley Young from Villa's left flank or Aaron Lennon on Tottenham's right.

As ever you're not quite sure what Lennon is going to produce but if he can give a repeat of last week's showing then Spurs could nick it.

However, with a passionate home following behind them, plus a home record that has been exemplary since an opening day loss to Wigan, I think Villa look the better bet to win it and they also look great value at 6/4.

Either way I have to admit that I'm looking forward to seeing two of the most exciting sides in the Premier League go head-to-head and I expect a few goals to be on the cards come the end of the game.

With mouth-watering battles all over the pitch, including Lennon v Warnock, Kranjcar v Milner and Petrov v Palacios there is plenty for the neutral but the most intriguing aspect has to be who comes off best, Heskey, Crouch or Defoe.

There's no doubting Capello's love of Heskey as a partner for Rooney but Crouch could also fit the roll of hard working targetman while Defoe has been labelled as Britain's deadliest finisher.

Out of the three you have to fancy Defoe to come out of this with the best reputation and I will definitely have a few quid on him netting at anytime at 5/4 - as for Crouch and Heskey, I'm still not convinced.

As I said though, there should be goals a plenty with my favourite bets being the 2-2 draw at 11/1 and what I see as my banker, more than 2.5 total match goals at 7/10.



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