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Aston Villa unlikely to welcome new boss Remi Garde with three points at Tottenham

02 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Aston Villa unlikely to welcome new boss Remi Garde with three points at Tottenham

Tim Sherwood's successor, who will watch Monday's Premier League clash at Spurs from the stands, has just one objective: to keep Villa up

Tim Sherwood is not the only reason for Aston Villa’s struggles this season, but ultimately it is the manager’s position that is vulnerable when a club’s results are as bad as theirs have been.

Villa are bottom of the Premier League and, after losing eight of their last nine league games, Sherwood’s axing was inevitable.

Getting a new manager in can reinvigorate a side – as Sunderland seem intent on proving every year – although new boss Remi Garde will not be in charge for Monday’s visit to Tottenham.

And while Villa do not have time to waste, the tough trip to White Hart Lane means they will probably have to wait a little longer for their second win of the campaign.

The Villains left North London with a 1-0 win last term and are 7/1 outsiders this time around

Having cleared out numerous fringe players in the summer, Mauricio Pochettino is building a young and hungry Spurs side in his second season at the club.

The Argentine now has a squad that is well-suited to his high-tempo pressing game and it is not hard to see why the home side are clear favourites at 2/5.

Spurs have the joint-best defensive record in the top flight – only eight goals conceded – and have not lost in the top-flight since the opening day of the season.

They also are improving in attack – most significantly with Harry Kane, who is back amongst the goals.

The England international bagged a hat-trick against Bournemouth in his last appearance and he is 4/1 to score first in a home win.

While things are falling into place for Spurs, there’s been precious few positives for Villa in recent weeks.

After missing the Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton in midweek, Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott should return in defence, but that will not address their issues in attack.

There has been little spark or excitement about Villa’s play this term and their best chance of getting a result probably lies in playing direct to Rudy Gestede.

If the striker is given the right service, he has the power and height to dominate opponents in the air.

Gestede is Villa’s top scorer with three league goals so far and he is valued at 4/1 to hit the back of the net at any time.

Spurs should be well aware of the threat posed by Gestede, though, and will back themselves to deal with him and assert their own quality on the game.

Pochettino’s team have a clear identity on the pitch and they look like they will challenge for a top-four place.

Ensuring Premier League survival will be the extent of Villa’s ambition now and an unlikely win over Spurs would help to change the atmosphere at the club.

A defeat is more likely, though.

And even with only a quarter of the season gone, Garde faces a huge challenge to keep Villa in the division.

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