Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa 11 August 19

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Match Day 1
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa
Sunday, August 11th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur: 
Last five matches form: L W L L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.76
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.03
Top Scorer (18/19): Harry Kane (17)

Aston Villa:
Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.78
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.33
Top Scorer (18/19): Jonathan Kodjia (9)


Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed an excellent campaign last season, threatening for a long time in the league, and making it all the way through to the Champion's League final. Ultimately though they had nothing to show for their efforts, and silverware must be the ultimate aim this season. First up it's this home clash with newly promoted Aston Villa.


The most recent Premier League meetings between the sides came in the 2015/16 season in which Villa were relegated. Spurs winning 3-1 at home and 2-0 away.


Dele Alli, Ben Davies and Juan Foyth are all out injured for Tottenham, Son Heung-Min is suspended and new signing Giovani Lo Celso may not be match ready. No confirmed absentees for Villa.

Much criticised for their lack of transfer activity last summer, Spurs have enjoyed a far more productive time of things this year - hanging on to Christian Eriksen and bringing in Ryan Sessegnon, Tanguy Ndombele, Lo Celso and Jack Clarke.

It's been something of a revolving door at Aston Villa with 16 players leaving and 12 coming in. Star man Jack Grealish remains, and will be key to how his hometown club fare, as will new striker, Wesley.

This looks a tough one for Aston Villa. Spurs weren't too far off a genuine title challenging side last season and look even closer this time around. Home win.


Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 1 Aston Villa

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  30 - 5
Shots on target: 13 - 3
Corner Kicks: 14 - 0
Possession:  72% - 28%

Just the one booking at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Erik Lamela of the home side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Chris Kavanagh.

On a statistical basis this was by some way the most one-sided of the opening weekends fixtures in the Premier League. Spurs being mile clear in all the key metrics and racking up an impressive 30 total efforts on goal. Surprisingly given those stats, Villa were in this until pretty late on, and for a long time a major shock looked to be on the cards.

It was Villa who stunned the home fans when taking the lead in the 9th minute. The Spurs defence getting a long ball from Tyrone Mings all wrong and allowing John McGinn to race into the left of the area. Excellent patience from McGinn to compose himself and smash into the bottom right from eight yards out on the left.

Spurs pushed and pushed but were unable to find a way back into it before the break. 0-1 at half-time.

Following more concerted pressure the equaliser finally did arrive in the 73rd minute. Tom Heaton saving brilliantly from Davinson Sanchez, but Lucas Moura teeing up new boy Tanguy Ndombele from the break down in play. Ndombele finishing nicely into the bottom right from just outside the area to the left-hand side.

Spurs made a habit of winning games last season and they were at it again here through that man Harry Kane. The England mans first came in the 86th minute. Moussa Sissoko slipping him in the left of the area and Kane smashing home into the left-hand side form seven yards.

It was Sissoko to Kane again in the last minute. The number 10 this time taking a touch to tee himself up in a central area on the edge of the 18-yard box before passing the ball into the bottom right. 3-1 it finished.



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