After an impressive start to the campaign Aston Villa’s form has nose-dived and Paul Lambert’s troops have now slipped to 15th place on the back of a worrying run of five straight defeats.
Bookies are expecting that sequence to be extended in front of the television cameras too, BetVictor installing the Villans as 29/10 outsiders as they welcome Tottenham (11/10, Stan James) to Villa Park.
Those odds reflect Aston Villa’s dismal recent record against Spurs, which shows no Villans victory, home or away, since September 2008. That barren period takes in a dozen matches, nine of which ended in defeat and with that in mind, Lambert might consider a point, quoted by bet365 at 13/5 as a reasonable return here.
As the hosts have failed to find the net in five games, any stalemate is likely to be goalless (10/1, Skybet), an outcome that would be good news for punters tackling bet365’s 9/2 about the teams going in on level terms at the interval as well as full-time.
The North London outfit however, have won just once in seven top-flight outings, so there’s a sense that the home side aren’t quite a devoid of hope as their own recent results perhaps suggest.
Indeed, they might be worth an interest at 9/5 in BetVictor’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market while in attack, where Villa have struggled of late, Christian Benteke is gradually regaining his match sharpness and the big Belgian isn’t without appeal at 6/1 via Winner.com to break the deadlock.