Looking to move within touching distance of the top-four and extend on their recent resurge, Tottenham will make the trip to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon in what could be a lively contest.
Booking their spot in the fifth round of this year’s FA Cup thanks to a dramatic 3-2 win over Southampton last week, Spurs have secured back-to-back victories, including a stunning 2-0 win over reigning champions Manchester City.
On the flip side, while Aston Villa might have an EFL Cup final on the horizon, Sunday’s hosts are still firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap after being hit with a 2-1 defeat away at fellow strugglers Bournemouth.
With just a sole Premier League victory over the past five weeks, Dean Smith’s side also hold a worrying record against the Liliywhites.
Hit with a 3-1 defeat in North London earlier in the season, Villa have lost their last three straight meetings against the top-four contenders and a similar victory for Spurs can be found priced at 17/20 with Ladbrokes.
Villa come crashing back down to earth
While Aston Villa’s dramatic winner against Leicester last month may have secured the Premier League returners a spot in the final of this year’s EFL Cup, Head Coach Dean Smith saw his side come crashing back down to earth last time out.
Hit with a 2-1 defeat away at fellow relegation scrappers Bournemouth, the former Brentford boss finds his side holding just a one-point buffer from slipping back into the bottom-three.
If Villa are to pull off a shock upset and extend their buffer over the drop zone this weekend, Smith could be calling on January arrival Mbwana Samatta to lead their charge on Sunday.
Marking his Premier League debut with what turned out to be a consolation strike at the Vitality when open February, the former Genk striker became the first Tanzanian to find the net in England’s top-flight and can be found priced as high as 23/10 with Coral to make it two in two this weekend.
Who can stop Son?
While they may not have been at their best last week, Tottenham did manage to come past Southampton thanks to a 3-2 win in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup.
Opening the weekend sat just four points adrift of the top-four and unbeaten in their last six matches across all competitions, Jose Mourinho’s men also have a Champions League knockout tie on the horizon.
While Spurs might still be having to deal without attacking talisman Harry Kane, the former Chelsea boss will be highly excited to see winger Heung-Min Son continue on what has been a stellar purple patch.
Finding the net against Southampton last week and extending on his remarkable FA Cup tally, the South Korean international has now found the net in each of his last four matches on the bounce.
You might be interested to know that betting offers like Son can be found priced at 11/10 with William Hill to once again find the net on Sunday afternoon.