Sky Sports pundit predicts Tottenham v Aston Villa, backs unlikely outcome
By Amir Mir
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has predicted Tottenham to beat Aston Villa 3-0 in their FA Cup clash at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Bruce’s side travel to north London looking to upset the Premier League title chasers and end their unbeaten record on home soil this season.
Soccer Saturday pundit Nicholas believes Vincent Janssen and Kevin Wimmer will start while he backed the unlikely outcome of Janssen scoring first.
The Dutch striker has scored just three goals in 22 games this term following his £18.5 million move from AZ Alkmaar.
But ahead of the mouth-watering clash former Arsenal forward Nicholas provided his verdict on the clash and Villa’s promotion hopes.
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“Mauricio Pochettino will make plenty of changes but I don’t see an upset here either,” Nicholas wrote in his Sky Sports column. “Steve Bruce isn’t an indecisive man and he won’t expect anything here.
“Vincent Janssen and Kevin Wimmer will come in and the full-backs will change. I’d be amazed if Spurs don’t make at least eight changes.
“I’ve got a strong feeling that Villa will make the play-offs and, while they might want to maintain momentum, it’s a tremendously punishing division and Bruce will give a couple of players opportunities as well.”
Villa were beaten 1-0 at Cardiff during their Championship encounter on Monday afternoon, while Spurs picked up an impressive 2-0 win against Premier League leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.
The Midlands side are struggling in the second tier this season following their relegation from the top flight.
They have picked up only two wins on the road, beating Reading and London outfit QPR earlier on in the campaign.
By contrast, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won eight of their ten league matches at home, including beating the likes of Manchester City and West Ham.
Villa will be without their star striker Jonathan Kodjia at the weekend as the summer signing is away on international duty with the Ivory Coast.
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