Although a 2-0 loss against Liverpool in last year’s Champions League Final may have put a damper on Tottenham’s end to the campaign, Spurs had plenty of positives to take away and will look to make an early statement when they welcome a newly promoted Aston Villa to North London on Saturday.
Surprising many and splashing the cash during the summer transfer window, many across England have begun to whisper that Tottenham could be a title dark horse this season and currently find themselves pencilled in as high as 18/1 with Bett365 to claim their first Premier League title.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side could manage just two victories in 90 minutes during pre-season, even if those victories did come against Real Madrid and a five-goal thriller against Juventus.
Not the only side who decided to spend big over the summer, Aston Villa have continued to shine during pre-season.
Winning each of their five matches over the summer, including a 3-1 win over Champions League qualifiers RB Leipzig in their final pre-season appearance, each of their last three matches have produced over 3.5 goals and you will be interested to know a similar result on Saturday can be found at 13/8 with William Hill.
Mauricio Pochettino’s injury headache
Although the Deadline Day arrivals of both Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso may have added to the excitement produced by the £54million arrival of Tanguy Ndombélé earlier in the summer, Spurs’ Argentinian boss has a number of injury issues to deal with.
With Dele Alli set to miss the start of the season after picking up a hamstring injury, Pochettino has confessed to being “worried” about Alli’s frequent injury issues and the midfielder could be set to miss up to a month.
Elsewhere, Heung-min Son and Juan Foyth, though injured, are suspended for the first two games of the season and Ben Davies is still some weeks away from making a return.
Despite suffering with a string of ankle injuries last season, England skipper Harry Kane has stayed fit over the summer and will once again be an integral part in any surprise title charge Tottenham could mount.
Finding the net 24 times in the 2018/2019 campaign, the 26-year-old is penciled in at 8/11 to open his account in North London this weekend.
Aston Villa break the bank
While Norwich may have decided to spend as little as £1.1million following their return to the Premier League, Aston Villa have decided to take a very different approach.
Bringing in 12 new faces during the transfer window and breaking the £100million barrier, Dean Smith’s side have their sights firmly set on extending their top-flight status this season.
With the arrivals of the likes of Tom Heaton, Wesley, and the permanent signing of Tyrone Mings adding some real momentum ahead of their trip to North Lonon, Villa are as low as 4/11 with Sky Bet to avoid the drop.
Although there have been a long list of new arrivals at Villa Park, fans in the Midlands will be most impressed by the news that star midfielder John McGuinn put pen to paper on a new long-term deal on Deadline Day.
Bagging three goals in his final two pre-season appearances, the Scotland international can be found at 10/1 with Bet365 to celebrate his new deal with a goal this weekend.
Betting Tip: Both teams to score – 4/5 @ Ladbrokes