“April is the cruellest month” according to the opening lines of TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’, often regarded as one of the most important poems of the 20th century.
Evidence, if any were needed, that old Thomas Stearns was no Tottenham fan.
Whether the Lilywhites are traditionally waylaid by the side effects of an excess of sugary treats procured on the final day of October or they’ve fallen victim to more sinister forces, it is November that’s the north Londoners’ bête noire.
Over the past two campaigns they’ve won only two of their eight Premier League games during it’s 30 days, losing five times and drawing once.
It seems to be getting worse too, with the eleventh month yielding a solitary domestic point last season, making the 6/5 about them beating Aston Villa a dubious proposition.
The Villans, clawing at the surrounding shrubbery amidst the quicksand of a five match-losing streak, couldn’t have hoped for a better time to play a side against whom they have an abysmal record.
Paul Lambert’s men have lost each and every one of the last five meetings, with the aggregate score 16-0 to Spurs.
Yet given the Villa Park visitors’ aversion to the month the gunpowder plot was foiled the 3/4 about Ron Vlaar and friends in the double-chance betting is a far from horrendous price.
It would take a tipster of delusional self-confidence to hang his hat on Lambert’s troops at present, but the transitional Lilywhites offer encouragement nonetheless.
On the road at least, they strike an unexpected note of consistency, failing to win any of their last four away games, drawing against Sunderland, Partizan Belgrade and Arsenal in the process.
With that in mind the 5/2 about another stalemate looks a superior wager to the 13/5 about the Villa victory for those that require their match betting a little more decisive.