Alan Hutton torn between former clubs as he gives Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur prediction
Alan Hutton played as a defender for both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, which is why it would be extra difficult for him to give a prediction for the Premier League set to take place after the international break at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 26 November.
Hutton spent three years at Tottenham before making the switch to Villa in 2011, where he spent eight years until retiring in 2019. Technically, he owes them more loyalty by that logic, but we consider the Glasgow-born Hutton one of our very own too.
Spurs are on the back of two Premier League defeats — a 4-1 loss against Chelsea where we were down to 10 men, and a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers right before the international break.
When asked to give his prediction for Spurs’ next home game, the Scotsmand told OLBG in an exclusive interview:
“It’s a tough one to decide because you think of all the factors. Villa have done well against Spurs; they won the last two league games they played last season. It might depend on, Tottenham’s injury situation, they’ll still have a couple suspended.
“Villa haven’t been great away from home. It needs to improve. So I think it will be close with the high lines and the way the teams play, there could be goals. All the things that are going on at this moment in time and the way Villa plays such a high line and the space in behind, obviously Ange’s team with the full-backs going forward, it could be one of those games where they’re just goals galore, but I’ll go for a 2-2 draw.”
While the result seems plausible given our injury worries and Villa’s performances under Unai Emery since he joined them, it is a result almost none of our fans would want.
A win is what we will need at home to reignite the season. Eric Dier and Ben Davies played against Wolves out of dire necessity and it cost us. Ange Postecoglou will very well know the role injuries can play in the season.
Despite recent injuries to James Maddison and Richarlison, who recently underwent pelvic surgery, we have gamechangers in Dejan Kulusevski, and Son Heung-min, among others. Aston Villa, meanwhile, beat us both home and away in the league last season.
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So that is another thing to watch out for. But if you’re a stats guy, then you will be pleased to know that before the last campaign, we lost just twice to the Villans in the last 23 games across competitions.