Jermain Defoe will be hoping he gets to play a part in Tottenham’s game against West Brom this evening given his superb goalscoring record against the Baggies.
Until coming on as a sub in Spurs’ last game against Swansea on 31st December, the diminutive striker had not featured for Harry Redknapp’s side since a Europa League tie against Shamrock Rovers on 15th December.
A hamstring injury prevented him from appearing in the intervening three games, meaning he was unable to add to his tally of four goals in seven appearances.
However, he is in contention to feature for Spurs against West Brom this evening and will be confident of finding the back of the net given his record of scoring six goals in his last eight starts against Roy Hodgson’s side.
With this in mind, Defoe looks a good bet to score at any time at odds of 7/5.
That said, he is not assured of a place in the side, with both Scott Parker and Aaron Lennon fighting to be included in the starting XI.
Should Parker and Lennon fail to recover from injuries in time, then Defoe could start up front with Emmanuel Adebayor in a 4-4-2 formation, with Rafael van der Vaart filling in on the right wing.
Defoe is in contention to feature for Spurs against West Brom this evening and will be confident of finding the back of the net given his record of scoring six goals in his last eight starts against Roy Hodgson’s side.
But Van der Vaart could play in the hole and Lennon on the right if the former Leeds man returns to the team, while Parker’s availability could see Spurs continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation which they employed against Norwich and Swansea.
In this case, Defoe might have to be contented with another cameo appearance – meaning better value could be had on betting on the England ace in the last goalscorer market at odds of 11/2.
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While none of the other Spurs players likely to take to the field against West Brom have much of a history of repeatedly finding the back of the net against the Baggies, arguments in their favour can still be found.
For instance, while Togolese front-man Emmanuel Adebayor has not scored in his last two appearances, he has six goals in his last eight games in a white shirt – including two against West Brom at the Hawthorns on 26th November.
This makes him a good option to score at any time at odds of 6/5.
Meanwhile, Van der Vaart chipped in with his first goal in nine games against Swansea and, as five of his strikes have been the first of the match, he looks a good bet to open the scoring at 11/2.
Given Spurs have conceded just three times in their last seven home league games and West Brom have drawn blanks in each of their last two matches, the away side look set for a frustrating evening.
If they do find the back of the net, then Peter Odemwingie could be the man to get on the scoresheet at odds of 5/2.
The Nigerian striker has struck in three of the four Premier League away games West Brom have won this season and he has also been on target in the last two games in which the Baggies have scored.
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