Villa attack but Spurs fight back
The Aston Villa players will need to lay off the Turkey as historically they struggle to get three points on Boxing Day. They have recorded just one win in their last nine fixtures on that date.
Tottenham at home will not inspire much confidence in the fans at Villa Park, there have been rumours in the press that there is player unrest at Villa Park. Villa Park used to be a fortress but I do not fancy the home win, they are an inconsistent side.
In recent seasons, Villa were chasing fourth and a spot in the Champions League. They now look like a team that could face relegation (11/1) at the end of the season. Houllier's reign has not started smoothly and he has already upset the fans by paying homage to the Anfield sign at Liverpool away and spending more time acknowledging the Kop.
The Villa players are playing for their futures and there will be a January clear-out. I do not fancy the away win for Tottenham at 13/10 and the draw looks the best bet at 9/4. Tottenham have been incredible but frustrating at times this season and they beat their fierce rivals Arsenal at the Emirates.
If you fancy a high scoring draw, 3-3 is available at 50/1 but the more common 2-2 is 14/1.
When Tottenham expect to win, they often slip up. They may have beaten Wigan at home 9-1 last season but they embarrassed themselves with a 1-0 loss a few months ago. They drew with Chelsea 1-1 in their last match but they were outplayed.
Spurs are fantastic in attack but their title and Champions League ambitions will cease soon unless they sign some quality defenders. Both teams to score is 4/6 but that is too short, I would rather back the over 2.5 goals at 10/11.
Tottenham play some scintillating attacking football on the break and although Houllier's sides are built on a solid defence, they will go for goals at Villa Park. Tottenham will welcome back Van der Vaart and Jenas while Villa can now call upon the club captain Petrov and another midfielder Fabian Delph.
Tottenham can score goals at any time and they are 19/5 to come behind and win or draw. Van der Vaart scored both goals in Spurs' 2-1 win over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane and he is 7/1 to score two or more.
He is 40/1 to score a hat-trick and the 6/4 could be some value for anytime goalscorer. He has scored six goals in the league this season and he has only just arrived! He can only get better and with the service he receives from the playmakers Jenas and Huddlestone, he will score plenty more.
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