Tottenham v West Brom: Baggies can hold Spurs again
Kick Off: 1230, 14/01/2017
Stadium: White Hart Lane
TV: Sky Sports 1
Tottenham get the chance to further cut the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea after recently ending the Blues’ hopes of claiming a record number of consecutive top-flight wins but West Brom will be keen to show why they have established a foothold in the right half of the table this term.
Spurs made smooth progress in the FA Cup last week when seeing off Aston Villa in north London while the Baggies have to bounce back from a disappointing early exit after tasting defeat at home to Derby.
Trueform tips: West Brom’s toothless efforts against Manchester United and Arsenal are a touch worrying but overall they are in fair form and could test a Tottenham team which may have one eye on next week’s trip to Manchester City.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham capped off a cracking run of five straight Premier League victories when a Dele Alli double either side of half-time helped them beat Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane. The way Spurs outran and outfought the runaway leaders on that occasion showed they can match any team in the country on home turf.
It was a similar story when they saw off Manchester City by the same scoreline at the start of October and Mauricio Pochettino certainly knows how to fire his side up for big matches in north London this season.
West Brom will present a different test, though, and it’s worth remembering that Spurs only managed to beat Crystal Palace, Sunderland, West Ham and Burnley by just a single goal here, so the visitors at 3/4 with two goals start is a percentage pick.
A Look At West Brom’s Betting Odds
Tony Pulis refused to be too downcast after West Brom surrendered a lead when losing 2-1 to Derby in the FA Cup, defiantly declaring: “I thought we battered them at times. We got in 60 crosses and had nearly 30 shots. All the stats show we’ve had a right go.”
Albion’s recent Premier League form certainly reads well, with six wins secured from their last 10 top-flight fixtures and the only defeats coming against Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Obviously, Tottenham away represents another tough test for the Baggies but they have drawn their last three meetings with Spurs, making 4/1 for another stalemate here a value bet. The visitors have also taken six points from their last four trips to this ground and it is 35/4 for a fourth 1-1 scoreline at the Lane in five years.
TOTTENHAM 2-0 Aston Villa – Ben Davies, Heung-Min Son
WEST BROM 1-2 Derby – Matt Phillips
Head-to-head: West Brom 1-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-1 West Brom, West Brom 1-1 Tottenham, West Brom 0-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-1 West Brom
Team news: Harry Kane will be available after missing Tottenham’s FA Cup win following the birth of his new baby daughter but Erik Lamela remains sidelined with a hip injury.