Two of the Premier League massive spenders collide on the primary weekend of the season, as Tottenham Hotspur hosts Aston Villa.
After not making a single signing final summer season, Spurs recruited Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyon for $67.2 million, earlier than including Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso on deadline day.
While Mauricio Pochettino’s bid to deliver Paulo Dybala to North London failed, Spurs have had a superb summer season as they give the impression of being to construct from a season that ended with a defeat in opposition to Liverpool within the Champions League last.
Kieran Trippier was offered to Atletico Madrid, however Christian Eriksen has remained on the membership in the interim, though whether or not he’ll nonetheless be a Spurs by the top of the European switch window stays to be seen.
Under the Argentine, Tottenham has emerged as the principle challenger to Manchester City and Liverpool‘s duopoly, however Spurs must enhance if they’re to shut the hole. Last season Tottenham misplaced an astonishing 13 league video games, greater than anybody else within the prime six, and Pochettino might be hoping for a pointy enchancment.
After two seasons within the Championship, Villa has marked its return to the Premier League with a summer season splurge that has seen the membership fork out $176 million on 13 new gamers.
Dean Smith has achieved sufficient to point out he can get gamers to gel collectively shortly and can want to take action once more if Villa is to outlive.
For all Villa’s new arrivals, the aspect greatest and most influential participant stays Jack Grealish. A talismanic determine within the Championship final season, the midfielder might be one of many gamers to look at this yr.
Here’s all the things you should know forward of Saturday.
When and the place is the sport?
Tottenham Hotspur hosts Aston Villa on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, August 10, with kick-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. native time (12:30 p.m. ET).
Spurs have received three of their final 5 conferences between the 2 sides, with Villa profitable the opposite two.
The sport might be broadcast reside on NBC.
A reside stream might be accessible by way of NBC Sports web site, NBC Sports Gold and the NBC Sports app. Live stream for chosen video games can even be accessible by way of fuboTV.
Spurs took some main scalps in preseason, beating Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern—albeit after a penalty shootout—and dropping in regulation solely to Manchester United.
Aston Villa, in the meantime, received all 5 friendlies it performed, scoring 16 objectives within the course of and conceding simply two. Results in preseason carry comparatively little weight however the Villains can look ahead to the season with optimism.
Some of each golf equipment’ shiny new signings are anticipated to make their Premier League debut on Saturday. Tanguy Ndombele ought to begin from Spurs in midfield, whereas Bjorn Engels is predicted to get the nod in the midst of the again 4 for Villa.
Dean Smith might additionally hand a primary begin to striker Wesley Moraes.
According to Oddschecker, Tottenham is a 8/25 favourite (-316 in moneyline phrases), whereas the draw is at 19/4 and Villa is a 20/1 outsider.