Tottenham v West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 22, 2017
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
After sacking manager Tony Pulis this week, West Brom face a daunting trip to Wembley on Saturday afternoon to face Tottenham. It’s a tough ask for interim boss Gary Megson, who’ll hope that Spurs suffer a Champions League hangover following their win in Dortmund.
Despite Tottenham’s strong Premier League form over recent seasons, West Brom have a knack of holding their more illustrious rivals. A Harry Kane hat-trick guided Spurs to a 4-0 victory in the last game between the sides, but the three previous meetings ended in a draw. In the last 14 games, eight have ended with honours even, while the Baggies have just one win to their name.
Toby Alderweireld misses out for Spurs as the Belgian defender continues his recovery from a hamstring problem. With Victor Wanyama injured and Eric Dier set to line up as one of Tottenham’s three centre backs once more, Mauricio Pochettino must choose between sticking with Harry Winks or bringing Moussa Dembele or Moussa Sissoko into the midfield engine room.
For West Brom, Nacer Chadli’s hamstring injury rules him out of a return to his former club. He’s expected to be out for another month, which is a similar timeframe to the Baggies’ two other absentees. James Morrison and Craig Dawson are sidelined with respective Achilles and knee problems, and miss out on the trip to Wembley.
Tottenham v West Brom Preview and Predictions
It’s been an eventful week for both Tottenham and West Brom, and each side will be looking to dispel some of the negativity around them when they clash on Saturday. It’s a tall order for the visiting Baggies though, who may well find themselves in the relegation zone come the final whistle.
In truth, Tottenham have been taking their supporters on a rollercoaster ride for a number of weeks now. Disappointing losses against Arsenal and Manchester United have been interspersed with superb wins over the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and the comeback against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. The north London derby defeat at the Emirates last weekend was particularly painful for Spurs after the hype they received in the build-up, and Pochettino will be looking for a reaction against West Brom.
The travelling supporters meanwhile will be after their own reaction in the wake of Pulis’ sacking. The protesters against a man who guided the Baggies to a 10th place finish in the Premier League last season got their wish, and their side need to start picking up points to avoid getting cut adrift from the clutch of mid table clubs.
Tottenham start the game as massive favourites in the betting, priced at 3/10. Some bookmakers have West Brom as long as 16/1 for the upset, while the draw’s available at 21/4.
Kane to score and Tottenham to win at 8/11
With Spurs such heavy favourites, predicting main man Kane will get himself on the scoresheet once again is a good way to add value to the home win.
Tottenham to win to nil at 10/11
As West Brom have only found the back of the net nine times in their 12 games so far this season, this is another decent way to improve your odds on a Spurs victory.