Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion Preview
Tottenham Hotspur host West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, in a game that sees the Londoners as favourites to pick up all three points. However, Albion have confounded their critics this season to find themselves chasing a European place in the table so they shouldn’t be immediately ruled out, especially considering the two sides have played out stalemates in their last three Premier League head-to-heads. West Brom have only lost once to Tottenham since 2013 further showcasing how close this fixture can be. Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side are currently third in the Premier League table with 42 points from 20 games, coming off the back of five consecutive wins. The Londoners will go second with a win against West Bromwich Albion, and given they’re coming off the back of five wins on the bounce at White Hart Lane, Spurs will fancy their chances of prevailing this weekend. Tottenham have lost only to Chelsea and Manchester United this season, dropping points in just two of their last nine outings, but West Brom could be their hardest opposition given they drew in the reverse fixture in October. As for the visitors, West Bromwich Albion are eighth in the league with 29 points from 20 games, boasting three wins from their last five ahead of their trip to the White Hart Lane, having also enjoyed victory in their previous away outing. Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are the sides to have beaten Tony Pulis’ men in the league since September, so it takes a big club to beat the Baggies. Spurs couldn’t beat the Midlands club months previously but may control the game with home advantage. Tottenham are 17/50 with Marathon Bet to win against West Bromwich Albion. But the head-to-head record between the two sides couldn’t be tighter going into the weekend clash. Tottenham and West Brom have drawn their last three meetings in the Premier League, playing out stalemates in five of their previous seven. Two clubs with a tight defensive record this season are sure to be cautious not to give anything away too. Spurs have won most recently, however, enjoying a 3-0 victory at the Hawthorns in 2015, and the Londoners winning streak at White Hart Lane might see them edge victory over an Albion side with two defeats from three away games. Tottenham Hotspur are 3/10 with Bet 365 to win against West Bromwich Albion. Albion have still only lost once to the Lilywhites in their last seven Premier League head-to-heads so they will put up a fight. Saturday’s clash is a game Tottenham can’t afford to drop points in, however, if they want to keep up pressure on Liverpool and leaders Chelsea in the title race. They come into the lunchtime fixture with a streak of wins behind them and a strong team to choose from. West Brom are 23/2 with 888 Sport to win against Tottenham Hotspur, but an upset at White Hart Lane is hard to see and the home side are likely to prevail in this clash.