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P.J. Murray 20th Nov 2011 - 19:41

Goals galore in store

Harry Redknapp is expected back in the dug out as Spurs look to make it nine games in a row without defeat.

Seven wins and a draw from their last eight games has seen Spurs catapult up the table to fifth spot after a somewhat shaky start. And Spurs will have seen an opportunity to close the gap as they watched Chelsea lose to Liverpool at the Bridge. Despite losing their first two games, this is Tottenham's best ever start to a Premier League campaign with 22 points from their opening 10 matches.

The story is significantly different for Aston Villa, a club who threatened on so many occasions to break into the elite Top 4 but who have failed to deliver and are now going backwards. They sit just above QPR in the table but are still playing below expectations. Their only real tough opponents so far have been Man City and they were soundly beaten 4-1.

The Villans are staring a run of games against Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea and it will be a proper assessment of their form come the end of the year.  They have only ever won once at White Hart Lane in a decade of trying and Arry is unbeaten against them.

Spurs are understandably short at 8/15 to claim three points while Villa are 5/1 and the draw is 3/1. The value in this game is in the goals. Spurs have been banging them in for fun and despite having Shay Given in net, the Villa defence is quite suspect. Aston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 25 Premier League away games.

Over 3.5 goals at 6/4 could be the bet here, i expect Spurs to bag a few in front of their fans, but they will also concede at least one. Therefore I would be backing at 13/20, short I know, both teams to score. Spurs have scored at least two in their last eight games.

We have a Match winner offer on this game for both Gareth Bale and Darren Bent to score, enhanced from 8/1 this is now a tempting 12/1.

Rafael Van Der Vaart will face a late fitness test on a hamstring injury and Vedran Corluka is expected to have shaken off an ankle injury in time, but Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone remain sidelined.

Emmanuel Adebayor is 4/1 to open the scoring, the Togolese football has come in for some praise from RVD, who claims that Ade has been the catalyst behind Spurs assent to the upper echelons of the Premier League.

Overall I would be going with over 3.5 goals and Spurs to win.



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