West Brom VS Tottenham Prediction
Tottenham went into the international break with a really impressive display for the 2-0 win over Man City and their next challenge is called West Bromwich Albion, when the English Premier League returns to action with its regular Saturday afternoon round. Thus Spurs are on a point from leaders Man City and victory at The Hawthorns can climb them on top of the table in certain circumstances. This may happen if Tottenham wins this one and at the same time Pep Guardiola’s side fails to record the full set of points against Everton at home. That’s best possible scenario for Mauricio Pochettino and his squad, but undoubtedly most important will be maintaining of the superb form Tottenham demonstrates in last few weeks.
West Brom vs Tottenham – Team News and Match Preview
Spurs have been flawless after the surprising 1-2 defeat by AS Monaco in their UEFA Champions League opener. It has been followed by five successive wins in different competitions and surely victory against Manchester City was icing on the cake. Meanwhile Tottenham shows great defensive display as “Spurs” have conceded just once in these five fixtures – in their visit against Middlesbrough (2-1).
Fine work by all Tottenham players and it’s obvious that club thrives under Mauricio Pochettino’s management. Many worries were expressed after Harry Kane’s injury but Spurs easily overcame its absence, at least before pause for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. We’ll see what face Tottenham will show in West Bromwich, which is first from four consecutive visits Spurs must play in just 10 days. Really serious schedule and workload for the North Londoners and after their visit at The Hawthorns, Spurs will fly to Germany where they’ll challenge Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League, on Tuesday night.
Other two visits are on domestic turf when next weekend AFC Bournemouth welcomes Tottenham in another EPL fixture, while few days later Spurs will visit “Anfield” for a League Cup encounter against Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The Baggies are entirely focused upon their Premier League campaign and it seems Tony Pulis managed to add stability in the club. WBA are 9th and they have just two defeats after first seven rounds, which is more than acceptable performance for club from West Midlands. Moreover, West Brom can boast with really tight defending and they have conceded only seven goals, placing them next to leaders Man City and Arsenal, who also have conceded seven goals in seven games. The only Premier League sides that have better defensive record are Spurs (3), Everton (5) and Southampton (6). Of course, we cannot compare attacking capabilities of Man City and Arsenal with these of WBA, but that’s typical indicator of Tony Pulis’ management.
West Brom won points in the last three rounds starting with a 4-2 home win against West Ham United, followed by two draws away from home – 1:1 vs Stoke City and Sunderland. Really satisfactory record by West Bromwich as “The Baggies” are keen to slip one of the favourites.
WBA vs Tottenham – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Former attacking midfielder of Spurs, Nacer Chadli, has joined WBA late in August for a club-record transfer fee of £13 million. His arrival from “White Hart Lane” was marked by an unpleasing debut in the 0-1 defeat from Bournemouth, but in next matches Chadli’s efforts were crucial for overall improvement of WBA. Belgian attacker netted a brace in its home debut against West Ham, but he also assisted for the two other goals scored by Salomon Rondon and James McClean. He also opened the score at the “Stadium of Light” in Sunderland where “The Black Cats” equalized in 83rd minute, so WBA may regret they couldn’t squeeze all points from this one. Nevertheless, destiny was on their side only one week earlier when Rondon (91st min) has scored a late equalizer for WBA in their visit against former club of Tony Pulis – Stoke City.
It seems that duo between Nacer Chadli and Salomon Rondon works quite well as Belgian plays behind Venezuelan number 9 of WBA. They receive support by James McClean and Matt Phillips through both flanks and most likely that’s same quarter who must create all threats for Tottenham’s defense.
Northern Ireland international Chris Brunt is Tony Pulis’ only injury concern as he still lacks match fitness, so he’ll probably remain sidelined.
Tottenham travels to West Midlands without Harry Kane who’ll need more time to recover from the ankle injury sustained in the narrow success against Sunderland, where he scored the only goal. After Kane’s injury and news he’ll be out for months, everyone in North London was concerned who’ll lead Tottenham’s attack and all eyes were at the summer signing Vincent Janssen. Dutch striker fails to meet the high expectations so far and his South Korean teammate Son Heung-Min perfectly grabbed the opportunity to earn starting position. Son has scored both goals against Middlesbrough, as well as the winning goal against CSKA in Moscow. He couldn’t slip the ball for a third successive match against Manchester City, but however, he delivered the ball to Dele Alli who scored second goal for Tottenham.
It seems that Son is ready to lead Spurs’ attack for another game and main question for Mauricio Pochettino is related with the midfield duo. Eric Dier is fully recovered while Moussa Dembele remains doubtful, but summer signing Victor Wanyama has been solid in his role and he started for Tottenham in any Premier League round.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Tottenham remains the only unbeaten Premier League member this season and their confidence will be sky-high. Bookies are backing Spurs as well and they have been certain favourites for winning of third away league game.
On other hand we have Tony Pulis who knows how to act and to motivate his players, especially as it comes to home match. WBA are in a position they can only win from and no one will blame them if they lose to Tottenham. Pressure is off and they can try to play against the odds. Nacer Chadli is the one who’ll be under the spotlights as he’ll be eager to show its best against his former club.
We find good value in currently suggested odds for “Both teams to score – Yes” and we’ll place a medium stake bet. We expect at least one goal by both sides here – WBA and Tottenham will both score on Saturday afternoon.
Venue: “The Hawthorns”, West Bromwich.
Referee: Kevin Friend.
Possible starting lineups of West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion: Ben Foster – Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Allan Nyom – Claudio Yacob, Darren Fletcher – Matt Phillips, Nacer Chadli, James McClean – Salomón Rondón. (4-2-3-1)
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker – Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli – Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko – Heung-Min Son. (4-2-3-1)