In Form Spurs Host West Brom in Saturday’s Early Kick Off

Last updated: January 13, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12.30pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
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Away form: WLLWW
Last season: Spurs 1 – 1 West Brom
Competition: The Premier League

The Premiership is back with a bang this weekend as Saturday’s early fixture sees the League’s most in form team host West Brom. Tottenham are on a roll at the moment, with 5 wins in a row, including an impressive 2-0 victory against leaders Chelsea two weeks ago. West Brom are on a decent run of their own and could make it 3 wins in a row with victory here, while Tony Pulis will surely be content with their current 8th place in the table.

Spurs can boast an almost full strength squad for Pochettino to choose from. Deli Alli will likely be the first name on the team sheet, but with most of the first team rested in the midweek cup victory against Aston Villa, there are unlikely to be any surprising inclusions. It’s a great sign of the strength in depth that Spurs now have and means they will go into this match fully refreshed. While Tottenhan’s attack is flowing the defence has been great this season too. With just 14 goals conceeded, it’s the best defence in the league and will likely only get better, now that Toby Alderweireld is back to full fitness.

West Brom will be right to be a little nervous then, but they are in a great position themselves. There’s been some great performances and results so far this season and 8th place is no less than the team deserve. They also managed a draw against Spurs in the first match up between the teams earlier this season. How they approach this fixture will be interesting then. With Johnny Evans ruled out and Chris Brunt and Nyom doubtful, the Baggie’s defence could be severely weakened. But the Baggies boast a new found attacking edge this season, compliments of Matthew Phillips and Nacer Chadli. The two wingers could give the Spur’s backline some real problems and it will be interesting to see just how defensive Pulis sets his team up. A counter attacking style would be West Brom’s best shot at victory, but it would be understandable to see a defensive approach with the aim of snatching a point. Let’s hope for the former.

Team News

Other than Erik Lamela who has been absent for many months, Mauricio Pochettino has a full strength squad to select his players from.

There should be few suprises in the Spurs line up then, though one player sure to start is Deli Alli, who is in blistering form with 7 goals in his last 4 games.

Tony Pulis ruled out defender Johnny Evans yesterday, which presents the Baggies with a potential defensive problem, since Chris Brunt is doubtful and Nyom is still awaiting International clearance.

West Brom are in good shape other than this though, with only Saido Berahino unavailable for selection.

Expected line-ups:

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Dembélé, Wanyama, Son Heung-min, Eriksen, Alli, Kane
Subs: Dier, Vorm, Trippier, Sissoko, Wimmer, Winks, Davies
Injured: Lamela
Not available:
West Brom (4-2-3-1): Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Galloway, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Chadli, Morrison, Phillips, Rondón
Subs: Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Leko, Myhill, McClean, Field, Wilson
Injured: Evans
Doubtful: Berahino, Brunt, Nyom
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Spurs this season West Brom this season
3rd League Position 8th
8 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (3)
5-0 vs. Swansea Biggest win 4-0 vs. Burnley
2 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (3)
1-2 vs. Chelsea Biggest Defeat 0-4 vs. Man City
Harry Kane (10) Top scorer Salomón Rondón (7)
Christian Eriksen (7) Assist Leader Matthew Phillips (8)
Y38, R0 Discipline Y44, R0
2 Failures to score 6
8 Clean Sheets 3
11 Both Teams to Score Games 12
9 Over 2.5 Games 10
11 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • Spurs winning run continued in their last match against Chelsea and their form shows no sign of slowing down. They’re averaging 3.2 goals a game over the last 5 fixtures, so we fully expect them to be on the scoreesheet at least once.
  • West Brom are on a small winning streak of their own and will be looking for their 3rd win on the bounce. They are without a clean sheet in 8 though and with their defence far from full strength, they will likely have to outscore Spurs to have any chance of the 3 points.
  • Deli Alli is in magnificent goal scoring form, while Harry Kane has refound his shooting boots. The attacking trio of Eriksen, Alli and Kane are all in fine form and we expect a goal from at least one of the trio.
  • West Brom currently sit in a very respectable 8th position and face a very favourable run of fixtures after this, though Pulis may be looking at damage limitation against an in form Spurs.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
15/10/2016 Premier League West Brom 1 – 1 Spurs Chadli 82′
25/04/2016 Premier League Spurs 1 – 1 West Brom Dawson (OG) 33′
05/12/2015 Premier League West Brom 1 – 1 Spurs Alli 15′
31/01/2015 Premier League West Brom 0 – 3 Spurs Eriksen 6′
21/09/2014 Premier Leagye Spurs 0 – 1 West Brom Morrison 74′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Despite West Brom’s credentials this season, they have won just 3 of their 10 away games and haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home since the first day of the season. They also face one of the most in form teams in the league, who are currently scoring for fun. Looking at it this way, the omens do not look good for the Baggies. Unsurprisingly, the bookies’ prices reflect this

Also, this will not be smooth sailing for Tottenham. The win offers no value then and we’ll be looking a little leftfield for our bet in this one. While Deli Alli is in spectacular scoring form, Christian Eriksen has scored or assisted in 3 of Spur’s last 4 home games. The Dane is in irresistible form himself and we’ll be backing him to continue this trend as an anytime goalscorer against the Baggie’s weakened defence. You can get Eriksen to be an anytime goalscorer at 15/8 at bet365 or 6/1 for first goalscorer. Bet365 also offer 1/3 odds for each way first goalscorer bets.