Tottenham at Aston Villa, Premier League preview, prediction

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal battles for possession with Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal battles for possession with Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images) /
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ZAGREB, CROATIA – MARCH 18: Lovro Majer of GNK Dinamo Zagreb runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadion Maksimir on March 18, 2021, in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images) /

What to Expect from Spurs and Villians

At this point, it is difficult to predict what exactly to expect in this match-up. Given the goals have dried up for both of these teams a 1-0 or even a 0-0 outcome is quite possible. Then again, but teams have scored at least six goals in a match this season, so maybe we get absolutely no defense and a barn-burner instead.

Ultimately, this is Spurs game to win or lose, especially with Jack Grealish unlikely to play. Having lost two straight in all competitions Tottenham will want to avoid a third consecutive defeat for the second time this calendar year. That said, Villa plays in a way that can get at Tottenham.

Aston Villa is strong on the flanks and likes to attack down the wings, something Spurs have really struggled with of late. The tendency is for Villa to especially push down the left where left-back Matt Targett and left midfielder Anwar El Gazi can combine, overlap, and cause problems for Spurs’ right side.

Additionally, Ollie Watkins is not the only person on the team that likes to shoot as Villa average nearly 14 shots per contest, with almost six per match on the frame. The tendency to shoot a lot from distance could be problematic for the Spurs.

Beyond attacking the flanks and shooting a lot, expect to see Villa work to get set-piece opportunities. 34% of all of the goals for Villa have come via a set-piece. Whether it is the three penalty kicks converted by the Villians or the 10 set-piece goals, Aston Villa is deadly in dead ball situations.

Villa is strong on the left, likes to shoot a lot, and is very effective on set-pieces. This should a lot like a formula that has caused Tottenham trouble all season long. If the Spurs cannot get on the ball and get in the lead, this is going to be a long day. Villa does not concede the lead once taken and Tottenham has forgotten how to come back.

Thus today’s outcome is simple, the first team to score will win the match. We just hope it is Tottenham attacking for a goal, rather than another poor foul to give away yet another penalty kick. Based on what we have seen in the last few weeks, expect the latter. Tottenham gives away a couple of stupid fouls handing Villa two goals they do not deserve and they win 2-1, further burying Tottenham in what is quickly becoming a forgettable season.

We want a different outcome, however, we are seeing nothing at this point to expect it and simply hope the lads prove us wrong.

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