Aston Villa are one of the few Premier League outfits in worse knick than Tottenham at the moment, so the Lilywhites could barely have wished for a better opponent this weekend.
They travel to the second city as 21/20 jollies for victory despite a run of just one win in six top-tier games.
Those who fancy the Villans to record a rare win at Spurs’ expense can land a sizeable 11/4 payday, while it’s 5/2 for the draw.
However, with both sides so unerringly off-key, it’s difficult to predict how this one will pan out based on recent goings on.
But delve into the annals of seasons past and it becomes a little easier to determine where the spoils will be headed and the omens don’t bode well for Villa…
Spurs have prevailed without conceding in six of their last seven meetings with Paul Lambert’s men, including each of the past five.
A seventh instalment in eight renewals can be backed at a beefy 5/2.
Another defeat without scoring against the north Londoners would have a familiar feel for fans of the claret and blue-clad club.
Their 2-0 reverse at QPR last time out saw them break a club record for successive losses without troubling the scorers.
Since winning 1-0 at Anfield in September, the Villans have been vanquished in flawless fashion on five consecutive occasions, shipping 13 goals in the process.
For all their unflattering early-season behaviour, Spurs have proved half decent travellers.
An acceptable loss at Manchester City is the only time they’ve suffered a setback on the road thus far and have returned home unscathed from their five other sojourns.
Were it not for a 2-1 win over Hull, the Villa Park faithful would be still waiting to celebrate victory for their heroes this season.
Four other sides have visited and not even conceded a goal, let alone endured defeat, including League One’s Leyton Orient.