Having avoided Capital One Cup semi-final ignominy against Sheffield United this week, Tottenham can focus on landing an elusive top-four finish and will be targeting three points from their trip to West Brom.
Still unbeaten under new boss and master survivalist Tony Pulis, the Baggies will rank as an appealing wager to many at 7/4, but Spurs’ record of sinking ships steered by the Welshman renders them the best match-betting punt at 8/5.
For those hoping to mount an even bigger profit on their mantelpiece this weekend though, there’s a sizeable 17/2 about the away team prevailing by their favourite scoreline – 2-1.
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There are myriad factors suggesting it will land, but the Lilywhites penchant for winning by this margin when travelling to Pulis-schooled sides is the most prominent.
When he managed Stoke, Spurs visited five times with each of the games finishing 2-1 either way.
Discounting the first instance, when the north Londoners were defeated amidst a Juande Ramos-induced disasterpiece, Mauricio Pochettino’s men prevailed in three of the four dust ups.
Spurs’ only meeting with Pulis’ heroic Crystal Palace side of last season yielded a similar result.
They defeated the Eagles at White Hart Lane and while the final score was 2-0, had Jason Puncheon converted the penalty he skewed horribly wide/over the common end product would’ve materialised.
Two of the north Londoners’ last five away days ended in 2-1 wins, but there was a chance for all of them to finish by the margin we’re looking for; the other three results are made up of a 2-1 defeat and draws of 1-1 and 2-2, with each resting on the goal apiece knife-edge heading into the closing stages.