Aston Villa v Tottenham betting tips – Can Villans survive Bale storm?

There will be plenty of managers rotating their players for the Boxing Day Premier League fixtures, although there is little chance of Andre Villas-Boas leaving Gareth Bale on the bench.

The Welshman has just returned from injury and is key to Tottenham’s chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season, with the winger returning to the team for Saturday’s goalless draw against Stoke and raring to go for another game against Midlands opponents.

Spurs are a best price 11/10 (Paddy Power free bets) to win the match, with most other bookies going even money about a team that have won four and lost four of their eight away games, something which means they are level on points with Everton, Arsenal and West Brom.

That man Bale is an 8/1 poke (Coral) to score first in this game and should be a thorn in the side of a Villa defence that conceded eight goals at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with Paul Lambert hoping the result was a blip considering his team had previously won 3-1 at Anfield.

The home supporters will be hoping to see a reaction and you can get a meaty 11/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) that the Villans bounce back from that mauling by Chelsea and put some clear daylight between themselves and the teams in the relegation zone.

Christian Benteke is one reason why the home side can land a positive outcome in this match and we should also consider that Villa have lost just two of their eight home games all season, with Manchester United having come back from two goals down which suggests the home side are overpriced for this contest.