After taking some time out for medical treatment, Monday’s easy 2-0 victory over Aston Villa was the perfect tonic for Harry Redknapp. So can his team keep up the momentum when they visit the Hawthorns on Saturday?
Spurs moved up to the third in the table, ahead of Newcastle on goal difference, after an almost flawless performance against a tepid and unimaginative Villa side at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor combined well for both goals, and both players could feasibly have scored hat-tricks in a very one-sided encounter.
West Brom have been making quiet progress and currently sit in 10th position in the Premier League. Despite consecutive defeats to Liverpool then Arsenal, last weekend’s 2-1 win over Bolton was well deserved. Shane Long returned from injury ahead of schedule to net the winner and the striker could be a fair bet at 11/4 (Sky Bet).
Tottenham, though, looked unstoppable in their last match, and the signings of Scott Parker and Adebayor (on loan) appear to have given a great balance to the side. They are odds-on at 20/21 (Boylesports – £40 free bets) to win at the Hawthorns, which seems a decent price considering Liverpool won there 2-0.
West Brom are not an easy team to beat, but their form has been erratic for a while, despite the calming influence of manager Roy Hodgson. Liverpool, Manchester United and Stoke have all won when visiting the Baggies this season. As such, even the fairly enticing odds of 16/5 (Stan James – £150 free betting) for a home win are not enough to encourage us in.
Instead go for Spur to be winning at half time and full time at 19/8 (Unibet) and for Bale – who looks more of a world-beater with every game – to score anytime at odds of 5/2 (Bwin).