Aston Villa are well equipped to crank up the pressure on Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas by following in West Ham United’s footsteps and taking all three points off the north Londoners at an enormous 27/10.
Stuttering Spurs are trading at 18/19 while the draw appeals at 5/2.
A shock defeat is hard to remove from the system.
There is a rather flawed theory in place that teams like Spurs who have been on the end of an embarrassing coupon busting result – in this case a 3-0 home defeat to the Hammers – will be doubly motivated in their next game to right the wrongs of the previous encounter.
However, when analysing recent Premier League shock results to do with the subject, the reality is more akin to the London buses theory, where one defeat is quickly followed by another.
In 2010, Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool were stunned 2-1 at Anfield by lowly Blackpool and in their next game they were also soundly beaten by Everton.
When Manchester United lost 3-2 at home to basement boys Blackburn Rovers in 2011, their reaction was equally as timid, culminating in a 3-0 hammering from Newcastle United the following week.
Two of Chelsea’s most surprising defeats in recent years, to Sunderland in 2010 and QPR earlier this year, were also backed up with a similarly dismal showings within a week.
Birmingham City crushed them at St Andrews after the 3-0 pasting by the Mackems while Swansea rubbed salt into their QPR wounds by beating the Blues 2-0 in the Capital One Cup semi-final.
The 3/1 for Villa to take maximum points looks a punt dripping with value.
Villa toppled Manchester City at home earlier in the season.
The odds for a Villa win don’t seem to take into consideration their fantastic counter attacking victory over the former Premier League champions.
That classy showing indicated to the league the capabilities of this Villa side when everything falls right.
Tottenham have only scored six goals in seven Premier League games.
Despite splashing some serious dosh on trying to replace the departed Gareth Bale the attacking chemistry between the Spurs midfield and their lone striker hasn’t quite clicked yet.
With confidence likely to be severely dented in the previously sound defensive department following the West Ham defeat, more onus will be on the misfiring Spurs strikers to deliver, which won’t help their ability to stay cool in front of goal.
Backing Villa to win 2-0 (37/2) and 3-0 (50/1) look long shots to take very seriously.