Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Spurs to shut out new boys
Tottenham vs Aston Villa Match Preview and Predictions
Aston Villa will certainly not be going back down to the Championship due to a lack of investment in the squad but they must now prove they are not the new Fulham, starting with a tough trip to Tottenham on the opening weekend.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Villa beat Derby in the play-off final to secure their return to the top flight after a two-year absence but could not have been handed a much tougher start as they go to the Champions League finalists.
Almost every pre-season preview available has Tottenham finishing third in the league and they will hope to hit the ground running in their first full season at their new stadium.
When is it? Saturday August 10th
What time is kick-off? 17:30
Where is it being played? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League
Who is the referee? Chris Kavanagh
Tottenham vs Aston Villa Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for Saturday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:
Promotion looked a distant dream for Villa at the end of February but a stunning 10-match winning run transformed their campaign and they carried that momentum into the play-offs where they beat West Brom on penalties and then Derby in the final.
There is a feel-good factor at the club with lifelong Villa fan Dean Smith in charge and he has been backed in the transfer market.
They have spent around £130million, with the number of new faces into double figures, but Fulham proved last season that such levels of investment are no guarantee of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.
Villa start the season as 2/1 to be relegated and 9/2 for a top-10 finish, with the midlands club seen as the most likely of the promoted trio to survive despite needing the play-offs to secure promotion.
Loanees Tammy Abraham and Axel Tuanzebe have not returned and have left significant holes to fill, with Abraham having top-scored with 25 league goals last season - no other player reached double figures.
Brazilian striker Wesley is expected to lead the line but may take time to adapt to the Premier League and will do well to make an impact against Tottenham's defence.
Spurs won all 10 home matches against teams who finished in the bottom half last season, conceding just three goals in the process, and are fancied to win to nil at 11/10 as the first of our Tottenham vs Aston Villa predictions.
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First goalscorer tips
Harry Kane starts almost every game as the favourite in the first goalscorer odds and is the clear leader again here.
His August hoodoo ended last season with two goals in his first three games and the BetStars Odds Boost of 5/2 for the England captain to strike first is the obvious pick.
Anytime goalscorer tips
This could be a big season for Harry Winks if he can stay fit and remain a regular in the centre of the Tottenham midfield.
He spoke this week of the need to add more goals to his game and the visit of a newly-promoted team looks the perfect opportunity to do just that so we're backing Winks at 7/1 in the anytime goalscorer odds.
Feature match previews for this weekend
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Where the game will be won or lost
The number of new signings in the Villa squad means the team will have a very different look to the one that triumphed at Wembley.
It means Tottenham face a similar test to the one they had in their opening home match last season when they beat Fulham 3-1, either side of away wins at Newcastle and Manchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino will be keen for a similarly strong start from Spurs to prove there is no hangover from their Champions League disappointment.
Victory over Real Madrid and a penalty shoot-out success against Bayern Munich after a 1-1 draw clinched the Audi Cup which can only have boosted confidence and Spurs again have a settled squad with a few new faces such as Ryan Sessegnon and Giovano lo Celso, on loan from Real Betis.
Fatigue seemed to be a factor during a poor run of domestic form at the end of last season but Tottenham look ready to hit the ground running.
Kane will have benefited from a long break since the Nations League and midfielder Tanguy Ndombele could prove to be one of the signings of the summer after arriving from Lyon.
With that in mind, we're adding Spurs to be leading at both half-time and full-time to our Tottenham vs Aston Villa betting tips at evens.
For bigger odds, we like the look of Tottenham to win 3-0 at 8/1 to complete our tips for Saturday's late game.
Tottenham will be without Dele Alli and Ryan Sessegnon who both have hamstring injuries, but fellow new recruits Tanguy N'Dombele and Giovani Lo Celso could make their debuts.
Ben Davies (groin) misses out while Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth are serving suspensions carried over from last season.
Eric Dier, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama are back in training and could be involved.
Aston Villa could hand Tom Heaton, Matt Targett, Jota, Trezeguet and Ezri Konsa their debuts.
Villa signed 12 players in the summer, including making loans for Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi permanent.
James Chester is the only absentee for boss Dean Smith as he is out with a hamstring injury.
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