Tottenham go into their home game against West Brom (3pm GMT, Saturday) as clear favourites and rightly so. Don’t let last week’s results for both sides distort the likely outcome of this tie, as Spurs have an outstanding record at home in the league.
The North London side have only lost three of their last 36 league games at home, and new manager Andre Villas-Boas will be looking to add to that as well as picking up his first win at the club.
Spurs are without a few important figures ahead of this Saturday’s game. Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul are still nursing injuries, but Jan Vertonghen may be in line for his Spurs competitive debut.
The Belgian international arrived at White Hart Lane with a glowing reputation on the continent and specifically in Holland, where he captained Ajax to last season’s league title.
Vertonghen will likely partner William Gallas at centre-back with Kyle Walker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto on either flank. There’s a solidity about that back line and I fully expect Tottenham’s new boy to hit the ground running.
Elsewhere in the team, Spurs have finally landed Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis from Manchester City. The Togolese striker bagged 17 league goals for Spurs last season while on loan and Villas-Boas will be hoping for a similar return this time around.
Bet365 odds on Tottenham v West Brom:
1/2 Tottenham, 10/3 Draw, 11/2 West Brom
Tottenham were unlucky in their defeat away to Newcastle last week, as despite having travelled with a thin squad, Villas-Boas’ side gave Newcastle a good game and were obviously beaten by a settled and well prepared squad.
This weekend, however, I expect Tottenham to pick up all three points against a side who convincingly beat Liverpool last weekend.
West Brom displayed a cutting edge against Brendan Rodgers’ side at the Hawthorns last Saturday. The home side looked clearly the better side of the two, while Rodgers seemed to struggle in relaying his footballing ideas onto the pitch.
West Brom have landed the smart loan signing of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea. The teenager adds real power and a scoring touch to their frontline, but will it be enough to overcome a side who are extremely confident at home?
West Brom’s victory over Liverpool last weekend was in part due to the poor refereeing on the day. The home side were gifted two penalties and saw Daniel Agger receive a red card. Surely another refereeing display like that won’t be on the books for a second consecutive game for Steve Clark’s side.
The visitors have other threats throughout their squad, with Peter Odemwingie continuing to impress and Zoltan Gera converted a wonder strike from well outside the area last week. This is clearly not a bad side by any means, but I am not convinced they can beat Spurs.
The notable absentee from the Tottenham side is Luka Modric, who is still caught up in the transfer tug of war between his club and Real Madrid. The Croatian midfielder is likely to move on to the Bernabeu at some stage, but Madrid are holding firm on their valuation of the player which continues to fall short of Tottenham’s asking price.
But Gareth Bale and Gylfi Sigurdsson are likely to be the main attacking threats from the midfield, with either Adebayor or Jermain Defoe more than capable of finding the net.
Tottenham v West Brom Betting Tips Conclusion
The bookies are clearly favouring a Spurs win on Saturday and I’d have to side with them strongly. While I am not a big fan of betting odds-on, the best odds of 8/15 with BetVictor & William Hill about a Spurs victory does look attractive.