Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion: Time to Bag(gie) Some Points

tottenhamWhile some of our most recent performances have disappointed, it could be argued that the recent fixture list hasn’t been all that kind. The calendar over the last few weeks has put Spurs up against Liverpool (twice) and Chelsea (twice) and there has been little respite in terms of facing struggling teams.

There are those occasions when we’ve been handed Fulham at home and Brighton away only to go ahead and blow it. That’s why many fans will be nervous as Tottenham take on second from bottom West Brom on Sunday afternoon. It’s a 12 Noon kick off but what do we think is in store?

Team News

There seems to be some good news surrounding Harry Kane and the suggestion that his original prognosis may have been too severe. Most reports originally put his expected absence down as six weeks from his withdrawal against Liverpool but our main striker may be back some time ahead of schedule.

Kane may not be ready for Sunday’s game, however, with the trip to Everton routinely cited as the earliest possible return date. The latest update on Giovani Lo Celso claims that the midfielder may be out for another month while Sergio Reguilon also appears to be ruled out. Dele Alli appears to have been listed as ‘doubtful’ so we await developments as to whether he really will be brought back into the fold.

As is usual at the moment, a fast turnaround makes it tough to complete this section with any great authority so we would suggest checking the club’s official website for confirmed team news as it arrives.

Match Odds

Despite our run of three straight defeats and just one goal scored, Spurs are hot favourites to win this match and the home win can currently be claimed at 11/25 with Novibet. The draw is next up at best odds of 15/4 with Unibet while the same bookmaker is quoting 7/1 on a victory for West Brom.

We’ve just underlined our own woeful form while the opposition come into this match with just one win in their last five. The Baggies’ sole victory was an impressive one away to Wolves but last time out they were beaten by bottom club Sheffield United. Neutrals would surely be interested in the draw at the very least and frankly they might well be right.

Side Markets

In the likely absence of Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min will start as favourite to open the scoring in this match and he’s currently on offer at best odds of 18/5 with Unibet. Carlos Vinicius started the game against Chelsea on Thursday night and the Brazililan is next up at 37/10 with VBet.

Elsewhere, it may be a forlorn hope to expect Gareth Bale to be involved but the Welshman is the third favourite at best odds of 21/4, followed by Lucas Moura at a top price of 7/1 – both with Unibet.

Son Heung-Min

Son Heung-Min

Other options in terms of Tottenham players include Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli at 15/2 and Tanguy Ndombele at 11/1 – all with Unibet yet again. For reference, the first representative from the opposition is West Brom’s Mbaye Diagne who is also at 11/1 with Unibet.

Moving on to team bets and, after successive 1-0 defeats, there may not be too many takers for Both Teams to Score this week. BTTS has hit the rare heights of Even Money with SportNation and RedZone and that’s a fair reflection of two sides who are having their issues in front of goal.

Similarly interesting prices can be found in the Total Goals betting where a stake Above the 2.5 line currently brings odds of 4/5 with SportNation and RedZone. We’d be tempted to go Under this line and claim the 11/10 quoted by BetFred and Betway.

That leaves us with a Correct Score suggestion and there will undoubtedly be some interest in a 1-1 outcome which is currently available at 8/1 with BetFred. A 2-1 home win is on offer at 15/2 with 888Sport while a 1-0 victory in favour of West Brom is quoted at 18/1 with GentingBet.

Head to Head

The Baggies were promoted from the Championship behind Leeds United at the end of last season so we don’t have a corresponding fixture from 2019/20 to consider. Instead, we’ll take a look at the head to head record which is actually quite even.

In 147 previous matches between the two sides, there have been 36 draws. Spurs have won 57 while West Brom have won 54. Our last home game against West Brom came in November 2017 which ended in a 1-1 draw. In fact, the draw is a common outcome over recent matches with a share of the points coming in four of the last seven encounters.

Verdict

west bromwich albionConfidence is a word being widely thrown around at the moment and a lack of it seems to be running through the team. Where it might originate from is debatable but if we can somehow switch on then there shouldn’t be any question over claiming the points from a poor West Brom side.

Those who pay attention to our picks would have noticed that all three of our bets came in on Thursday night. ‘No’ on Both Teams to Score, Under 2.5 goals and a Winning Margin of one goal on either side. That honestly gave us no pleasure but it was a trio of punts based on form rather than some ingenious insight. Similar things may happen this time and, if we were completely neutral, we would seriously consider a low scoring draw on Sunday afternoon.

That’s not something that we are comfortable with tipping but we’ll certainly go with Under 2.5 goals again, especially as it’s climbed above Even Money. Both Teams to Score may sound unlikely but there has been a record of 1-1 scorelines between these two sides and, in our current run, BTTS seems more plausible.

As for a goal scorer, it’s hard to see where the goals are coming from right now. For an outside punt, there are far worse options than Tanguy Ndombele who showed his teammates how to hit the target in the FA Cup win over Wycombe.

It’s a crucial week coming up with trips to Everton and Manchester City so can we at least put away West Brom as we look ahead to those tough challenges?

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at Even Money with SportNation
  • Under 2.5 Goals at 11/10 with BetFred
  • Tanguy Ndombele to score at any time in 90 minutes at 4/1 with Unibet

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