Premier League Betting: West Brom v Tottenham – Fan v Fan Preview



West Brom perspective: Scott Bytheway, Baggies Blog

Team news

Most of the transfer deadline day headlines were dominated by the bizarre Peter Odemwingie non-transfer to QPR. The striker has been told not to report back for training until Monday, and therefore misses Sunday's home game against Spurs. Youssouf Mulumbu has returned to Albion now that the DR Congo are out of the Africa Cup of Nations. There is however, doubt over his availability for Sunday, as he has returned with a knock to his knee. Young george Thorne is out for the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament at Everton on Wednesday night.

Form

The Baggies go into this game in ninth position – a decent position for Albion, but disappointing given we sat in third position back in November. Having only picked up one point in our last five games, we could have done with Odemwingie catching the headlines on the pitch rather than off it. Hopefully the dressing room will want to send a message out to him, at home watching on the TV.

Head-to-head

Albion came away with a draw from Spurs in August, but we haven't beaten them in six league games. Spurs won this fixture 1-3 last season, while Jermain Defoe has scored seven goals for Tottenham against West Brom.

Best bets

Jermain Defoe to score at 2.50. The Tottenham man is a good bet to maintain his fin form against us.

Both teams to score at 1.67. Our defence isn't as tight as it was earlier in the season, but I imagine we'll find a way past Huge Lloris ourselves.

Romelu Lukaku to score at 3.00. The big striker is improving all the time, and will relish testing himself against a decent defence.

Score prediction: West Brom 2-2 Tottenham (14.00)

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Tottenham perspective: Matt Harris, TottenhamBlog

Team news

There are no fresh injuries so the only players missing from the Spurs squad are long term absentees Sandro and Younes Kaboul, plus Emmanuel Adebayor, who is away at AFCON. As for team selection, the only real question concerns new signing Lewis Holtby. The former Schalke man’s introduction as a second half substitute turned Tottenham into more of a threat at Norwich in midweek, but Andre Villas-Boas may well start the German from the bench once again.

Form

League form remains good: ahead of this game, Spurs have lost just one of their last twelve. However, defeat in the FA Cup to Leeds followed by a less than convincing display against Norwich suggests that improvements can be made.

Head-to-head

Last season’s fixture ended in a 3-1 victory to Tottenham and we haven’t lost to the Baggies in our last six meetings. However, the most recent win was Spurs’ first in six visits to the Hawthorns so this isn’t necessarily the profitable ground that the stats might suggest.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.67. Tottenham’s defence is looking more solid but after conceding four in their last three, this could be a safe bet.

Lewis Holtby to score at 4.40. The German looked full of confidence on Wednesday night and I would take this even if he starts from the bench.

Spurs to score from a penalty at 7.00. Having not been awarded a spot kick all season, I would say this is overdue.

Score prediction: West Brom 1-2 Spurs (8.75)

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