Aston Villa shall be seeking to enhance from their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Boxing Day after they journey to London to tackle Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.
It will likely be one other robust take a look at for Unai Emery and his males, nevertheless, Spurs aren’t in the perfect type, profitable simply two out of their earlier six Premier League matches and Villa definitely have the possibility to safe a optimistic consequence and provides them momentum.
Douglas Luiz impressed in opposition to the Anfield facet final trip, making three key passes and grabbing an help; nevertheless, it was Ollie Watkins who needs to be unleashed once more immediately, with the participant lastly coming into some first rate type following a poor opening half to the season.
On the chalkboard
The English striker has struggled this time period, little question about it, scoring simply 4 targets all season, a far cry from final season the place he scored 11, and it’s evident that he must get again to the shape that led to former Villa supervisor Dean Smith to dub him as “among the best” in his place.
The £75k-per-week striker confirmed indicators that he was getting again to his greatest in opposition to Liverpool, discovering the online with an expertly positioned header within the second half whereas taking 4 photographs in whole throughout the match, proving that he was eager on getting again to his goalscoring greatest.
He additionally missed a giant likelihood whereas taking part in one key move and profitable each of his aerial duels and though Liverpool sealed the win with ten minutes left on the clock, the show by Watkins will give Emery confidence he can ship in opposition to Spurs immediately.
Watkins and Danny Ings stay the one two senior centre-forwards on the membership and except Emery indicators one or two attacking choices within the new yr, he must put his belief within the pair to ship throughout the second half of the season.
Spurs shall be one other huge take a look at, but when Watkins can rating and impress in opposition to Liverpool, then he needs to be greater than able to find the online in opposition to Antonio Conte’s males.