West Brom v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 01, 2018
The Hawthorns - Premier League
West Brom host Tottenham at the Hawthorns on Saturday, knowing that even a win could still see them relegated from the Premier League. Spurs meanwhile now have a five-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea as they look to sew up Champions League football for next season.
West Brom are something of a bogey team for Tottenham. Spurs have only beaten the Baggies once in the last five meetings, with all of the other games ending in a draw. West Brom last beat Tottenham in September 2014, although that victory at White Hart Lane is the only time they’ve taken three points from Spurs in their last 16 attempts.
The absence of Nacer Chadli has been a real body blow to West Brom’s campaign, but the Belgian winger is back in training and could feature before the end of the season. Elsewhere, Gareth Barry and James Morrison are both out for the remainder of the campaign.
Mousa Dembele is rated as 50/50 after picking up a knock, while Danny Rose is also a doubt. The full-back will be desperate to get back into the Spurs team with the World Cup rapidly approaching, while Harry Winks’ dream of being on the plane to Russia looks to be over as he continues to miss out.
West Brom v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
The performances that West Brom have put in under caretaker boss Darren Moore must be leaving their supporters with plenty of questions. What if they’d played like that earlier in the campaign, and what if he’d taken over sooner? Tottenham fans meanwhile have questioned Mauricio Pochettino a little after another season without silverware.
The Baggies start this game at 17/2 in the betting, which looks like a generous price considering they’ve gone unbeaten in four under Moore. That run includes a game against Liverpool and trips to Old Trafford and St James’ Park, where they’ve beaten both Manchester United and Newcastle.
Tottenham meanwhile are 2/5, knowing that a victory would all but guarantee a top four finish. It’s another decent season for Spurs, but they missed a great chance to reach the FA Cup final after taking the lead against United in their semi-final, with the manager’s decision to play back-up ‘keeper Michel Vorm put under the microscope.
The draw is priced at 4/1 and could represent very good value given West Brom’s form under Morgan and in recent years against Tottenham. Although the Baggies have only beaten Spurs once in 16 meetings, nine of those games ended in a stalemate.
1-1 draw at 43/5
Seven of those nine recent draws finished 1-1, and a repeat of that scoreline would keep Moore’s impressive unbeaten record intact against a third member of the top four.
Harry Kane to score and Tottenham to win at 10/11
The England striker has come under fire in recent weeks - somewhat undeservedly it has to be said - but he’s still in the hunt for the Golden Boot along with Mohamed Salah.