Michael Laudrup’s team will certainly not be playing for a point at White Hart Lane and the same applies to West Ham when they travel to the Midlands to face a West Brom side looking to stop the rot after a succession of defeats which has seen the Baggies start sliding down the table.
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City 13.30
Andre Villas-Boas will hope to have Gareth Bale back for this potential banana skin against a Swans side that have won three times on the road this season including victories at QPR, Newcastle and Arsenal.
Swansea were tipped by several people to struggle after the departure of Brendan Rodgers and notable players, although they sit in eighth place and well clear of the relegation zone after 16 games played.
Can they upset Spurs in their own back yard? Stan James offer large odds of 24/5 about City claiming a fourth win on the road and we should also remember that Swansea won at Liverpool in the League Cup, with Michael Laudrup looking for them to play quick counter-attacking football.
Michu has been a revelation since his £2 million move from Rayo Vallecano and the Spaniard is now the Premier League’s leading scorer after successive braces in his last two matches. He’s an 8/1 chance (Paddy Power £100 free bets) to score first in this clash.
Tottenham will truly feel that they can finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and the bookies go no bigger than 4/6 about the team bouncing back from that dramatic 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park, a result which came after four straight victories for the north London side.
Jermain Defoe has been in excellent scoring form for his team and is a 9/2 chance to score the first goal, while that man Bale is a 6/1 chance although the Welshman might be losing a race against time to be fit against several of his compatriots.
West Brom v West Ham 16.00
It’s easy to forget that West Ham United are being freshly acquainted with the Premier League this season, having spent a season in the Championship as Sam Allardyce steered the Hammers into the play-off positions before securing promotion.
After a bright start to the campaign, a lack of quality is starting to show at Upton Park, especially with on-loan striker Andy Carroll on the sidelines, with that 3-1 comeback win against Chelsea the only victory in the last five games.
The London side are as big as 3/1 (Boylesports free bets) to claim victory at The Hawthorns and they appear to be visiting this ground at a good time, with Steve Clarke’s team having hit the wall in recent weeks. Consecutive defeats against Swansea, Stoke and Arsenal hint at a bleak midwinter, especially as the team are struggling to find the back of the net.
Even so, Albion haven’t turned into a bad team overnight and have two winnable matches against West Ham and Norwich coming up, with West Brom available at 21/20 to claim victory in this match and potentially claw their way back into the top four of the Premier League.
Clarke will want to return to the previously defensive stingy ways that has seen was the hallmark of his team earlier in the season and a 1-0 win is a 7/1 chance (BetVictor bookmaker).