Tottenham opens its Premier League campaign by hosting the promoted Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Soccer Tottenham

Tottenham had a promising start to their 2018-19 campaign but they faltered down the stretch. The Hotspurs ended up with just one win in their last five Premier League matches and that saw them fall to 4th place in the final table. Despite that, they were able to reach the Champions League Final where they fell to Liverpool. Disappointing as the finish was, Tottenham can take the positives from a fourth straight Top 4 finish in the Premier League. However, with Mauricio Pochettino entering his sixth year with the team, bigger things are expected this year. The Hotspurs open their 2019-20 EPL campaign by hosting the newly promoted Aston Villa side on 8/10/19. Tottenham enters the match as big soccer betting favorites to win.

Here is the roster of Tottenham as of July 15, 2019

1 GK Hugo Lloris (captain), 3 DF Danny Rose, 4 DF Toby Alderweireld, 5 DF Jan Verthongen, 6 DF Davinson Sanchez, 7 FW Song Heung-Min, 8 MF Harry Winks, 10 FW Harry Kane (vice-captain), 11 MF Erik Lamela, 12 MF Victor Wanyama, 14 FW Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, 15 MF Eric Dier, 16 DF Kyle Walker-Peters, 17 MF Moussa Sissoko, 20 MF Dele Alli, 21 DF Juan Foyth, 22 GK Paulo Gazzaniga, 23 MF Christian Eriksen, 24 DF Serge Aurier, 25 MF Josh Onomah, 27 MF Lucas Moura, 28 MF Tanguy Ndombele, 33 DF Ben Davies, 28 DF Cameron Carter- Vickers

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Aston Villa


Odds from as of 7/30/19

Soccer Aston Villa

After a three year absence in the top flight, Aston Villa returns after winning the 2019 EFL Playoff final via a 2-1 conquest of Derby City. It was a good bounce-back year for the squad after they lost 8 out of their last 9 matches during the 2017-18 term. That losing skid saw former Birmingham boss Steve Bruce get replaced by Brentford’s Dean Smith who quickly delivered the results. Aston Villa finished 5th in the final table and even had a 10-match winning streak along the way. Smith had an ambitious summer recruitment which saw them bag eight new faces. This team has won a total of seven First Division titles, two Second Division titles and one Third Division championships.

Here are the current players for Aston Villa as of July 15, 2019:

  • Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Orjan Nyland, Jed Steer
  • Defenders: James Bree, James Chester, Ahmen Elmohamady, Frederic Guilbert, Kortney Hause, Ezri Konsa, Matt Target, Neil Taylor, Bjorn Engels, Tyrone Mings
  • Midfielders: Birkir Bjarnason, Jake Doyle-Hayes, Anwar El Ghazi, Jack Gealish, Andre Green, Conor Hourihane, Jota, Henri Lansburg, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Trezeguet, Aaron Tshibola
  • Forwards: Keinan Davis, Jonathan Kodija, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Scott Hogan, Callum O’Hare, Wesley

Soccer Who Wins?

Tottenham has finished in the top four of the Premier League in four consecutive seasons. Their run to the Champions League final during the previous term was their best finish under Mauricio Pochettino. With Pochettino headed to his sixth season as squad boss, bigger things are expected from the Hotspur.

Aston Villa heads to this match-up with their heads held high after their recent promotion. The Villa finished 5th in the Championship table and won the EFL Championship to earn a return to the Premier League after three years. So far, they have added eight players to further strengthen their line-up and one of those added was Reims center back Bjorn Engles.

Brazilian striker Wesley was signed via a club-record fee from Brugge while Aston Villa’s defense got bolstered by Ezri Konsa from Brentford and Matt Targett from Southampton. Their busy summer also saw the Midlands outfit add Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings and the Wolves’ Kortney Hause.

On the other hand, Tottenham may see important players Danny Rose and Toby Alderwerield follow Kieran Trippier out of Tottenham. But the Spurs have added Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon on a club-record signing fee and are expected to add more players to their side. However, the Spurs will be without first-team players Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth who will be suspended after being sent off in their final game of last season against Bournemouth.

Sure, Tottenham may have lost a fair amount of significant players but remember that Pochettino steered this squad to the Champions League Final even with players on the injury list due to the World Cup. This is a side which can get it done by making the most of what they have. With Ndombele there as well, I expect Tottenham to top Aston Villa. I’m picking Tottenham to beat Aston Villa on 8/10/19. Prediction: Tottenham

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