Aston Villa v Tottenham
Boxing Day's first live Sky offering sees Paul Lambert's Aston villa (11/4), still smarting from shipping eight in their last match, take on Tottenham Hotspur (21/20) at Villa Park.
Villa will be looking to bounce back after the trouncing at the hands of Chelsea and a moral boosting victory in front of their home fans will be the best way to start. Lambert branded the defeat on Sunday as "unacceptable" and described his team as "second best", and will be calling for all three points to put that performance to bed.
Their heaviest defeat in the top flight came on the back of a 6 game unbeaten run which included the impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield the previous week and put a stop to a run in which the Villans scored 9 goals with the loss of just 3. In fact Villa have kept clean sheets in their past 3 home games and should they manage another they will have equalled their record of 4, a feat not achieved since October 2001. We will give you (16/5) for a Villa clean sheet.
They will also be hoping that the club top-scorer Christian Benteke can rediscover the form which has seen him find the net 4 times in his past 6 matches. So will you, as we have enhanced Benteke's price to score and Villa to win to 5/1. The Belgian will be the main goal threat for Villa and we go 11/2 to score the first/last and 6/4 anytime. Andreas Weimann is value at (15/2 first/last, 9/4 anytime) having scored 5 in 7 appearances this season.
Tottenham go into the Villa Park clash sitting a in a clutch of teams vying for forth spot, knowing that three points will keep the pace with the others around them and keep themselves within touching distance of a coveted Champions League spot.
Andre Villas-Boas' side are the only Premier League team to score in every away game this season, scoring first in their last 7, though they have lost 3 of the last 4 of those. With this in mind both teams to score (4/6) looks tempting.
Jamaine Defoe will be looking to find the net again and we will give you (5/1 first/last, 5/4 anytime). We have enhanced the price on Gareth Bale (7/1 first/last, 2/1 anytime) to score the first goal in a Tottenham win to 5/1. The prolific winger has scored seven so far this season and will be looking to aid the Lilly Whites march towards Europe with another. Another danger man could be Emmanuel Adebayor (6/1first/last, 7/4 anytime). He loves playing against Villa, he has scored 6 goals against them in 8 starts, including 4 in his last 3.
The head to head stats would favour the London club. Tottenham are unbeaten against Villa in 8 Premier League games. On the other hand Tottenham don't have the best discipline record against Villains, ending the game with 10 men on their last two visits to Villa Park. A red card in the match? (5/1).
After the goal-less efforts of both teams last time out a bagful could be on the cards on Boxing Day; Turkey filled defenders are never the quickest, and we offer 11/1 for six or more goals.
Christian Benteke To Score And Aston Villa To Win - 5/1
Gareth Bale To Score And Tottenham Hotspur To Win - 5/1
Aston Villa Win and Over 12 Corners and Over 6 Cards - 50/1
Total Tottenham cards - over 3 - 11/2