Five points off safety and with two games left compared to some of those above them, West Bromwich Albion MUST win here!!!

Defeat and they’re down regardless of what happens around them.

Tottenham meanwhile can move above Liverpool into third and eight points clear of fifth placed Chelsea.

Chelsea and Liverpool meet on Sunday so a win here for Spurs coupled with a Chelsea defeat will end the race for a top four spot, ahead of the mid-week catch up games.

 

Team news

West Brom’s Nacer Chadli could make his long awaited return from an injury layoff against his former club.

Midfielders, Gareth Barry (knee) and James Morrison (calf) are both absent for rest of season.

Tottenham could have Danny Rose back from a groin injury for this clash.

Midfielder, Mousa Dembele is also in contention after recovering from a knock.

Harry Winks meanwhile looks to be out till early next season with a foot injury.

 

Form

West Brom come into this match unbeaten in their last four, taking two wins and draws apiece.

Both draws however have come at home whilst the wins were away and by a 1-0 result at Manchester United and Newcastle.

Jay Rodriguez is the Baggies’ top scorer on this run with two goals.

Tottenham have lost just one of last 17 league games and are unbeaten on the road in their last nine, winning six and drawing three.

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen have combined to score six goals between them this month across Spurs’ five league games, scoring three goals each.

 

Stat Attack

  • West Brom are winless in this fixture in last six, drawing four and losing two. 
  • In 23 Premier League meetings, there has been as nearly as many draws as wins by either side (WBA-3, D-11, Spurs-9). 
  • West Brom have played the fourth highest number of long balls this season.
  • Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have the joint fifth highest number of assists alongside Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, aiding 10 goals apiece. 
  • Tottenham have made 7385 more passes than West Brom this season, totalling 20.014 passes to the Baggies 12,629. 
  • Both teams have scored one goal from set pieces this season. 
  • Between them, Tottenham (764) and West Brom (752) have made the first and third highest total number of crosses this season. 

 

Where can game be won or lost?

Per Game Average West Bromwich Albion (home) Tottenham Hotspur (away)
Corners 5.33 5.22
Fouls 12.06 10.83
Shots 11.17 13.94
Shots on Target 3.56 5.11
Goals 1.11 1.89
Yellow Cards 1.72 1.56
Red Cards 0 2
Goals per First Half % 40 38.2
Goals per Second Half % 60 61.8

Tottenham definitely should dominate this match given their superiority all over the pitch.

West Brom’s best hope of victory lies in frustrating Spurs into losing their cool and seeing red, particularly in second half. 

The Baggies need to make their slightly higher first half goal average count, then can sit back in second half and try to force Spurs into losing their discipline. 

Although Tottenham score slightly more goals in second half, if West Brom can get goals in either half they will have a decent chance at victory. 

 

Prediction

West Brom will definitely sniff an upset here, having beaten Manchester United and Newcastle and drawn here against Liverpool in recent weeks. 

Tottenham meanwhile are flying in the league and this fixture in Premier League has seen just as many draws as wins for either side. 

Ultimately, West Brom’s fans need to be the 12th man here and if they do a great job, I can see a home win. 

Prediction: WBA 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Jake predicts: WBA 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Result: WBA 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

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