The match of the 18th round of the EPL between Tottenham and Aston Villa will take place on January 1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The team remains in the fourth position in the standings after losing two points in the last round in an away match against Brentford (2-2). Although Antonio Conte’s charges managed to get back from 0-2, it should be noted that the Londoners had problems in the middle of the field, as well as the lack of a goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The main goalkeeper of the club, as well as the South Americans, who were absent in the last match, can strengthen Tottenham already in this meeting.
At home the team prefers to play uncompromising soccer – in the previous 18 matches in the EPL in this arena the hosts scored 13 victories and 5 times Tottenham lost.
Birmingham City were unable to counter anything against Liverpool in the last round, losing 1:3. Despite some good play in attack, there were frequent fires in defense. The team lacked Emiliano Martinez in goal, and his replacement Robin Olsen did not help out once in two seasons, conceding 10 goals in three EPL games. Prior to the loss to Liverpool, Aston Villa had won two straight league games.
While the team is closer to the middle of the standings, but the gap from the relegation zone is still uncomfortable – 5 points. Away in the APL Birmingham team if and shoot, then extremely rare – only 1 victory in the last 9 meetings (2 draws and 6 defeats).
In the previous 6 rounds the London team won only 2 victories, and over opponents from the bottom of the standings. The team lost to the main rivals in the fight for a place in the top-4. Antonio Conte’s charges must not lose more points against the middles and outsiders to maintain their chances of finishing in the Champions League zone. Attention is drawn to the deterioration of the game in defense, in the last 6 games, “Tottenham” missed 13 goals. “Aston Villa” looks bad on the road, despite the victory over Brighton in the last match. Birmingham City have consistently conceded a lot on the road – an average of 2 goals in the current draw.
I expect the Londoners to beat their opponent again, as they did in 15 of their previous 18 meetings in the APL. In this case, the hosts themselves will score at least 2 goals, probably, the guests will also differ.