Aston Villa vs. Tottenham 2/16/20 English Premier League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
2/16/20 9 am
Over 2.5 (-150), Under 2.5 (+120)
Aston Villa is welcoming Tottenham to Villa Park in round 26 of the English Premier League.
Aston Villa has had some success as of late and has lost only 1 of their last 4 games. Aston Villa is in 17th place in the EPL standings with 25 points and is safe outside the relegation zone, at least for now. In their last EPL match against Bournemouth two weeks ago, Aston Villa was the better opponent with 61% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, and 76% of the correct passes. Despite being the better team in this game, Aston Villa was losing 2-0 at the half time thanks to their bad defense that has cost them a lot this season already. Villa was able to score a goal in 70th minute but they weren’t able to come back all the way and this match ended in 2-1. Aston Villa was solid in the attacking end with 32 scored goals so far this season and has scored at least 1 goal in their last 8 games. Villa’s defense is a different story and they conceded 47 goals and have conceded at least 1 goal in their last 9 games. Jack Grealish is Villa’s leading goal scorer with 7 goals and 5 assists, while Wesley added 5 goals. Steer, McGinn, Wesley, and Heaton are all injured because these are important players for Aston Villa and coach Dean Smith. Villa got promoted to the EPL this season and their only goal is to stay here next season as well, and Aston Villa is going in the right direction.
Tottenham is finally showing some signs of life and is undefeated in their last 6 games, just in time for the Champions League where they will face Leipzig. Tottenham is in 6th place in the standings with 37 points, 4 points behind Chelsea in 4th place, the last spot that leads to the Champions League. With 40 scored goals, Tottenham is in the top 5 attacking teams in the EPL, while they are slowly improving on the defensive end. Most recently, Tottenham has beaten Southampton in the FA Cup and has qualified for the next stage. In their last EPL match against Manchester City two weeks ago, Tottenham had only 33% of ball possession, which is usuall when you play against Manchester City. Tottenham also had 3 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 75% of the correct passes. This game was probably the best performance in the defensive end for Tottenham this season, and with the two second-half goals, Tottenham has won this match 2-0. After this match against Aston Villa, Tottenham’s schedule is not getting easier and they will play against Leipzig in the Champions League, and then Chelsea and Wolverhampton in the EPL. Harry Kane has scored 11 goals for Tottenham so far this season, but he is injured and should be back in a couple of months. Dele Alli and Son have each scored 7 goals. Davies and Sissoko are also injured and will not be in the lineup. As I said, Tottenham is finally showing a sign of life which was expected because Tottenham is a talented team with a coach capable of getting the max out of every single player. I was convinced that Tottenham doesn’t stand a chance against Leipzig in the Champions League, but Leipzig has slowed down as of late, while Tottenham is playing solid soccer on both ends.
Aston Villa hasn’t won any of their last 4 games against Tottenham and is 5-2-5 at home this season. Tottenham has only 2 wins away from home this season, but I think they continue their nice run here against weak Aston Villa.