Mauricio Pochettino’s men are hopeful of a positive start to the new season while Aston VIlla will be looking to pull off an upset in their return to the Premier League.
Tottenham vs Aston Villa – Premier League 2018/19
Venue : Tottenham Hotspur stadium
Date : Saturday, 9 August 2019
Kick-off : 5:30 PM BST
Tottenham, this season look like the real deal as the Spurs have finally splashed the cash to strengthen their squad depth. Mauricio Pochettino must be delighted with the additions of Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso to his team. Meanwhile, Aston Villa have also made 12 signings in the summer transfer window spending over £100m in the process.
Spurs, who begin their season at home for the first time after nearly a decade will be looking to start with a win to gain some much-needed confidence ahead of their trip to Man City in game week 2. The Villans, however are more than capable of pulling an upset.
Spurs’ main man Harry Kane faces his worst time of the year where he struggles to get in the goals. Kane has never scored in August in the PL before last year who he finally broke his curse but it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue his form this time around. Aston Villa, on the other hand, will be without their 26-goal striker Tammy Abraham who was an integral part of Villa’s promotion campaign. The Villans have brought in the likes of Wesley, Trezeguet and Jota to replace Tammy’s contribution. Eventhough, neither of the new signings have Premier League experience yet, so it’ll be interesting to see how they adapt to the league.
Tottenham and Villa have met 48 times in the Premier League with Spurs being the dominant side with 19 wins. The Villans have been on the winning side 14 times and both teams have shared points on 48 occasions.
The last time both sides met was in March 2016 where the Spurs won 2-0 with Harry Kane scoring a brace for the lilywhites.
Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth remain suspended till 25th of August with the later one suffering an injury in pre-season.
Eric Dier and Serge Aurier (hand) are a few weeks away from full fitness and the duo are unlikely to be in contention for this game.
Ben Davies is still recovering from his groin injury and Victor Wanyama will undergo a late fitness test in order to make the matchday squad.
Jed Steer (calf), Anwar El Ghazi (knock) and Ezri Konsa (thigh) will be assessed before the game but all three should be fit to play the game.
James Chester remains out with an hamstring complaint.
Despite being out for most of the second half of the season, England captain Harry Kane managed to score 17 goals and 4 assists. Kane has a goal contribution every minutes for the lilywhites. The man of the hour Lucas Moura comes next, Moura is not the best statistically but has provided important goals for his team and has performed whenever he’s been called on by the manager. Moura played an important role in Spurs’ Champions League campaign last season, although it was disappointing that he didn’t start the CL final. And finally we have Christian Eriksen, the underrated playmaker had another amazing season scoring 8 goals and 12 assists and is ready for the new season.
Villa have a lot of incomings this season including the highest rated Wesley Moreas. The Brazilian had another great season in the Belgian First division scoring 10 goals and 9 assist and many believe he has what it takes to be a top striker in the Premier League. Although he doesn’t directly replace Tammy Abraham’s goals last season but you can expect some of the pressure to reduce. As we speak of new signings, we have the Egyptian winger Trezeguet. The 24-year old has great pace, good on the ball, can shoot from a long way and doesn’t ignore his defensive duties.
Tottenham endured one of their most toughest season last term with the Spurs spending nothing on players and injuries to key players left them with a small pool of choices to pick from. However with Mauricio Pochettino’s brilliance and the team’s versatility Spurs went on to become the 4th highest scoring team in the league and a run upto the UEFA Champions League final. But this time, with good signings and retaining almost their squad expect Spurs to be even better and they finally might win some silverware this season.
Aston Villa had a disappointing first half in the Championship as they were struggling with conceding a lot of goals and still finding their 1st choice goalkeeper. However, in the second half the Villans solved their issues and went on a 10-game winning streak which was essential in their promotion run.
Tottenham are the favorites on paper to get the win in this fixture but you can’t count Villa out just yet. Dean Smith’s men under the guidance of John Terry are one to watch out this season. The Villans have spent some good money on their squad as surviving relegation remains a priority for them. With home advantage and a good pre-season on their hands, we expect Tottenham to win this game.