TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - ASTON VILLA
These two will both be aiming for a top six finish at the very least this season, anything less will definitely be seen as failure, especially by the Spurs faithful. After a rocky start, they steadied the ship with a fine point at Stamford Bridge, which is about as rare as a happy Newcstle United supporter and are now looking to build on that. The Berbatov debacle is now a thing of the past and the signing of Corluka and Pavlyuchenko, both of whom will debut tonight, plus a few million in the bank, in exchange, must be seen as good business.
Villa have yet to impress this campaign and have struggled to keep a clean sheet, just two in twelve, which incluDES starts against such leading lights as Lincoln City and Hafnarfjordur (twice). We might not see a repeat of last season's 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane, but we should be royally entertained. MON's side have struggled here in recent seasons and have not won in eight visits, just once in 12. Their last away win in the league was 7 games ago at hapless Derby County.
A lot of quality in both camps, but Spurs really need a win, they are my idea of the 5th best team in the Premiership and I expect them to prove it tonight. I see Pavy as a perfect swap for Berbatov and the Bulgarian might not even be missed.
Tottenham (from): Gomes, Sanchez, Zokora, Gunter, Corluka, Bale, Assou-Ekotto, Gilberto, King, Woodgate, Dawson, Modric, Bentley, Jenas, Huddlestone, Taarabt, O'Hara, Lennon, Boateng, dos Santos, Pavlyuchenko, Bent.
Aston Villa (from): Friedel, L Young, Laursen, Davies, Cuellar, Knight, Shorey, Milner, Barry, Reo-Coker, A Young, Petrov, Gardner, Osbourne, Routledge, Guzan, Carew, Agbonlahor, Harewood.
6 points Tottenham -1/2 ball 2.18 asian line... a little 2.20 around.