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Nic Ladds 14th Mar 2009 - 23:19

Lennon can stun stuttering Villa

If the Premier League table is anything to go by then you would say Aston Villa at 21/20 in the betting are a cracking bet to beat 11/4 shots Tottenham.

Martin O'Neill's Villa side sit a full 20 points above Spurs and due to Tottenham's poor away record, the 21/20 will be snapped up by many.

This doesn't tell the whole story however as Villa seem to be a lot better on the road having won 10 away games, compared with just five at home.

As a result, Villa have not won in six games and have only picked up one points out of a possible nine in the Premier League.

Spurs in the mean time continue to improve and have not lost in five games in all competitions.

If the statistics are anything to go by then this could be a lot closer than the odds suggest which may make the draw at 11/5 appeal.

Ledley King should be fit for Spurs which is a boost but their defence is shaky at the best of times, while Villa have hit a rocky patch at the back also.

This could result in goals; making score lines of 2-1 and 3-1 to Villa at 8/1 and 16/1 respectively look possible while 3-1 to Spurs is big looking 33/1.

These two famously drew 4-4 last season at White Hart Lane and if you fancy another high-scoring draw then 3-3 can be backed at odds of 50/1.

The Villans were coasting against Stoke recently before conceding two late goals and Spurs certainly have more battle in them under Redknapp which could make Aston Villa/Tottenham as a double result worth a bet at 25/1.

Villa/Villa is 11/5 while draw/draw is available at 9/2 in the betting. It is worth nothing however that when either of these teams has scored first in the Premier League this season, they have not lost which could be a factor for those betting in-running using out betlive service.

Gabriel Agbonlahor seems to have gone off the boil from his blistering start to the season and he is 11/2 to get back on track and score the first goal with Emile Heskey at 6/1 and John Carew 13/2.

James Milner has an eye for goal and doesn't mind having a go from a long way out which gives him appeal at 4/1 to score anytime.

Robbie Keane is starting to look like his old self for Spurs and could be a good bet at 7/1 to continue his good run of form and bag the first goal.

Roman Pavlyuchenko is 15/2 and will partner Keane with Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent still out.

Aaron Lennon's shooting has improved out of recognition this season and 6/1 about him scoring anytime appeals and he should give the Villa defence a torrid time.

If Spurs can win then they will give themselves some breathing space above the relegation zone while Villa will be looking to keep up the pressure on Arsenal in the hunt for fourth place.

With both defences questionable and both teams having something to play for we could be in for a real show and the order of the day could be goals.

While it is tough to call at the prices a chance could be taken on Spurs who have the battling qualities to push The Villans all the way to the final whistle.

Tottenham - 11/4
Aaron Lennon to score anytime - 6/1

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