Premier League Tips: Tottenham and Aston Villa expected to wobble

Aston Villa remain massive relegation favourites despite beating Crystal Palace
Aston Villa remain massive relegation favourites despite beating Crystal Palace
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The Opta stats point to Tottenham, Bournemouth and Aston Villa all disappointing at home on Saturday...

"Leicester have already claimed more points this season (43) than in the entirety of last season (41)."

Recommended Bet: Back Leicester to win at Aston Villa @ 2.245/4

Tottenham v Sunderland (Saturday, 12:45, BT Sport 1)

After being unbeaten in their first eight home league games this season, Spurs have lost two of their last three games at White Hart Lane

Tottenham's untypically poor home form, being turned over by Newcastle and Leicester with an FA Cup draw against the Foxes in between, coincides with uncharacteristically strong Sunderland away showings, winning two in five at Crystal Palace and Swansea, to create an opportunity for the guests.

Their manager Sam Allardyce performed excellently at White Hart Lane in the previous two seasons with his former employers West Ham against three different Spurs bosses, beating Andre Villas-Boas 3-0, Tim Sherwood 2-1 and leading Mauricio Pochettino 2-0 before a 96th-minute leveller last year.

Recommended Bet: Lay Tottenham to win @ 1.42/5


Bournemouth v Norwich (Saturday, 15:00)

Bournemouth have won just one of their last seven home matches in the Premier League

Norwich might have been in the Aston Villa position in November were it not for a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in week five with accounted for a third of the points that the Canaries obtained across their initial 11 fixtures back in the top flight.

It turns out that they always have fun against the Cherries, with Opta noting that they are undefeated in six meetings and came from behind to triumph on their previous two visits to the Vitality Stadium, one of which was at the very beginning of the Alex Neil era last January.

The travellers have only lost four of their last ten league encounters, and three of those were against top-half teams.

Recommended Bet: Lay Bournemouth to win @ 1.9520/21


Aston Villa v Leicester (Saturday, 17:30, Sky Sports 1)

Leicester have already claimed more points this season (43) than in the entirety of last season (41)

If the clubs either side of Leicester in the table - Arsenal and Manchester City - were away to Aston Villa - bottom, eight points from safety and without a win as hosts all term until Tuesday - there is no way they would be as big a price as 2.245/4, and the Foxes have a far better road record than both.

Claudio Ranieri's men have won seven in 11 beyond the east midlands and suffered a single reverse, meaning that they have earned four points more than second-best away side Arsenal.

Their figures are even more impressive at bottom-half opponents, winning five and drawing two from seven. Only once did they fail to score two goals or more in that septet, which augurs well given that Villa have netted just twice in six Villa Park collisions with top-eight heavyweights.

Recommended Bet: Back Leicester to win @ 2.245/4


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