A Tottenham Hotspur win over West Bromwich Albion is imperative if they are to retain their hopes of winning the Premier League title.
Following Leicester City’s 4-0 decimation of Swansea City on Sunday, Spurs find themselves eight points adrift of the Foxes, who now require just five points from their final three games to finish the job.
With games against Chelsea (a), Southampton (h) and Newcastle United (a) to come, the Baggies appear the most beatable of Spurs’ final four opponents and their price of 11/50 suggests they’ll have absolutely no trouble in doing so.
Tony Pulis’ troops have been disregarded by the bwin odds masters, who go 11/1 about the away win, leaving the draw as a 23/4 shot.
While anything but a routine triumph for the Lilywhites is difficult to comprehend, a string of factors make the huge 13/4 on offer about West Brom avoiding defeat at White Hart Lane worth a wager.
Having scored 11 goals and leaked one in return, Spurs will take some stopping, but the Throstles have a respectable record in this department. They’ve lost just two of their previous seven meetings with this adversary, with both defeats falling at The Hawthorns.
Not since January 2012 have they been bested at the Lane, while their last loss at this venue by more than a solitary goal came back in 2002.
Such statistics lend little support to any theory that Spurs are going to win with ease here, while it’s also important to note West Brom’s penchant for odds-defiance in the campaign’s final throes.
Over the previous four seasons they’ve overcome Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea inside the final quartet of fixtures, while last term they pocketed seven points against the same three foes over the final five outings.
Avoiding defeat against such an in-form outfit will be tough, but based on the above, West Brom’s potential to land a spanner in Spurs’ title works can’t be completely ruled out.