West Brom are just three points above the relegation zone, however they are moving in the right direction and can handle anything that Spurs can throw at them this weekend.
We’re expecting things to be extremely tight at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon. West Brom have turned their season around since the New Year with five points from their last three Premier League matches.
Indeed, Tony Pulis is now the man in charge and he is unaccustomed to failure, having never suffered a relegation during his career. His first match in charge was a 7-0 demolition of Gateshead in the FA Cup third round, his Baggies side following that with a 1-0 defeat of Hull City and goalless draw with Everton before beating local rivals Birmingham City in the FA Cup fourth round.
As such, the hosts will come into this match in high spirits, confident that they can at least force Spurs to settle for a share of the spoils. Indeed, the visitors have had a somewhat inconsistent season so far and suffered a 2-1 defeat to an improving Crystal Palace side earlier in the month as well as being knocked out of the FA Cup by bottom-of-the-table Leicester City last weekend.
Harry Kane will be hopeful of adding to his tally of 16 goals for the season, however he will be up against a stubborn and improving West Brom defence which has leaked a mere two goals in the last five matches.
Indeed, since the 5-3 defeat of leaders Chelsea on New Year’s Day, Spurs have been less than convincing and despite starting this match as slight favourites, we can’t really make a case for a Tottenham victory on this occasion. Ok so Pochettino does have some quality up front, however the home side are looking increasingly solid at the back with the second best Goals Against record in the bottom half of the table.
Indeed, Spurs have conceded more goals so far this season and we expect both sides to be relatively content with a point apiece at the final whistle.
Our betting tips
Match ending in draw – Bet365 23/10
Under 2.5 Goals – Betfred 8/11
All odds were correct at time of posting.