Aston Villa desperately need to get something from their game against Tottenham at the weekend but, short of holding Spurs to a 0-0 draw, it is difficult to imagine how they can secure so much as a point at Villa Park on Sunday.
The reason for this is that Villa simply don’t look capable of scoring enough goals, with the three blanks recorded and the three goals scored in their last six games serving as an illustration of their struggles.
It is not just recently that Villa have been found wanting in attack either, with their tally of 36 goals meaning only Stoke have scored fewer league goals over the course of the campaign.
An injury picked up by Darren Bent in February has hardly helped the Birmingham side’s cause, with the England striker’s presence up front a big loss.
Bent remains Villa’s top scorer by some distance this season, despite not having played for over two months.
This leaves Gabriel Agbonlahor, with five goals, as Villa’s top marksman heading into the game but the speed merchant hasn’t scored since the beginning of January.
With Spurs having kept three clean sheets in their last six attempts, it could therefore be better to bet on Villa failing to score at 29/20 than take a punt on the likes of Agbonlahor (9/4), Andreas Weimann (11/4), Stephen Ireland (4/1) or Marc Albrighton (4/1) to score at anytime.
Villa simply don’t look capable of scoring enough goals, with the three blanks recorded and the three goals scored in their last six games serving as an illustration of their struggles.
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Tottenham, on the other hand, are not short of attacking options having bounced back into form in the last two games.
After four games without a win, Harry Redknapp’s side shook themselves out of their end-of-season malaise with a 2-0 win over Blackburn at White Hart Lane and followed it up with a 4-1 win over Bolton at the Reebok.
Rafael van der Vaart has been instrumental in these two wins, scoring in each, making him a good bet to score against Villa at 17/10.
However, Emmanuel Adebayor could be the better goalscoring option having bagged a brace against Bolton in midweek.
Crucially, the former Gunner also scored twice when Villa visited White Hart Lane in November, making 7/1 on him to score two or more goals on Sunday worth a small wager.
Recommended bet: Aston Villa to fail to score @ 29/20
Outside punt: Adebayor to score two or more goals @ 7/1
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