All things considered, this is a pretty good draw for Tottenham if you’re the kind of fan who wants to get through a couple of rounds in the Cup before you start facing really quality competition. Aston Villa were an awful Premier League team last season, got relegated, and are now a middling to poor Championship team this season despite a fire sale and a reorganization.
In fact, Villa’s a bit of a mess right now. They hired Champions League Winning Manager (yes, I’m still bitter about that) Roberto DiMatteo to start their Championship campaign after floundering under Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde, but DiMatteo lasted only two months into the season before being sacked and replaced by perennial promoter Steve Bruce.
Since then, Bruce has led Villa to a 4-3-1 record in charge, but Aston Villa are still floundering at 15th in the Championship table. It’s going to be a tall order for them to get back into contention for a promotion spot this season, and it’s looking more and more like Villa are set for an extended stay in the Championship, which is pretty nuts considering the size of their fanbase. Also, they’re still starting Alan Hutton every match, so that kind of gives you a good idea of where they are right now.
For Spurs, Villa at home should be an easy enough match, the kind of tie that you can safely rotate without TOO much fear that you’re going to get knocked off. With Spurs just coming off of the busy holiday period, that’s probably a good thing.
The third round of the FA Cup will be held on the weekend of January 6-9, 2017.