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Sportingbet preview: Villa

Our betting partners Sportingbet take a look at the markets available ahead of our Boxing Day clash at Villa.

Our betting partners Sportingbet take a look at the markets available ahead of our Boxing Day clash at Villa.

Spurs travel to Villa Park for the Boxing Day clash with Aston Villa fresh from their enforced winter break, and Harry Redknapp’s men are 6/5 favourites for the three points with Sportingbet.

Hosts Aston Villa beat West Brom in their last outing to end a run of four games without a win and are priced 2/1 for a consecutive victory, while the draw is an 11/5 shot.

Despite their attacking reputations, the pair have rarely produced big scoring affairs, though the 4-4 of 2007/08 and 5-1 Tottenham win in 2005 make for emphatic exceptions.

The 2-1 scoreline recorded at White Hart Lane in October is by far the most common outcome, with five instances in as many seasons, and you can get 8/1 on a repeat show in Spurs’ favour this time around, while 2-0 is 10/1 and 2-2 pays 12/1.

As ever, betting on the Correct Score, Anytime Goalscorer, First Goalscorer and Scorecast markets comes with a little insurance with Sportingbet, with Red Card Refunds on offer this Boxing Day.

Simply back your tip in any of the aforementioned markets and if a player is sent off in the corresponding game, losing punts will be re-inserted in your festive stocking as a free bet!

In another Christmas present for Spurs fans, Rafael Van der Vaart looks in line to return for the Boxing Day encounter and at 8/5 to score at any time, might be worth backing to hit the ground running.

But if you prefer to back a bigger price, how about taking your pick in the Scorecast market, which asks you tip up the First Goalscorer and Correct Score combined. Fancy Gareth Bale to score first in that 2-1 win at a massive 66/1? Now that could pay for quite a New Year!

Tune in to a festive edition of the Sportingbet Podcast this Christmas, featuring tips and views on the Premier League, a mandatory bloopers reel and as ever, the chance to win a £50 Free Bet courtesy of ex-England international Steve Bull.

Merry Christmas from the Sportingbet Team!