- The Hawthorns
- Tottenham’s last six Premier League matches averaged 4.33 goals per 90 minutes.
- West Brom conceded 11 goals in three games against Leicester, Everton and Chelsea.
- Spurs lost just one of their last 13 fixtures in all competitions.
- Tottenham kept just one clean sheet in seven Premier League games this term.
West Brom’s misery continues
West Brom’s search for a first Premier League win continues this weekend when the Baggies host in-form Tottenham Hotspur at the Hawthorns, though their chances of victory against Jose Mourinho’s free-scoring Spurs look worryingly slim.
Following successive draws against Burnley and Brighton at the end of last month, slivers of optimism had started to cut through the gloom in the West Midlands, however, a confidence shattering 2-0 reverse at fellow new boys Fulham last weekend has suffocated any shreds of positivity again.
Remarkably, Albion’s last Premier League triumph came at home to Tottenham in May 2018 when ex-Spur Jake Livermore bagged a 90th minute winner against his former club, though a repeat performance on Sunday seems completely beyond this WBA team.
Momentum with Spurs
With just one defeat in their last 13 games in all competitions, Tottenham travel to the West Midlands as one of the Premier League’s form teams this weekend.
Powered by the goal-scoring prowess of deadly duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Spurs won four and drew two of their last six league assignments, rattling home a hugely impressive 18 goals along the way.
Jose Mourinho’s charges warmed up for Sunday’s contest with a fine 3-1 victory away at Ludogorets in the Europa League – a result that should add further impetus to their head of steam.
Goals likely at the Hawthorns
While West Brom have been able to keep the score down in several Premier League fixtures this season, the Baggies’ defensive record against some of the division’s leading lights is a major cause for concern.
Albion shipped three goals against Leicester, five against Everton and a further three against Chelsea in their toughest tests of the campaign to date, and with Spurs pair Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in such electric form, Slaven Bilic will fear his rearguard will struggle against quality opposition again.
With Tottenham’s goal-hungry frontline looking increasingly potent, excitement levels in their recent league fixtures have been high, and over 2.5 goals hit the net in four of their last six top-flight tussles, with an average of 4.33 goals registered per 90 minutes of action overall.
Spurs have the class to carve open a ropy looking WBA defence at will on Sunday, and as a result goals and plenty of final third excitement is anticipated. With that in mind, the over 2.5 goals market looks favourable at the prices quoted, while our correct score prediction tips Tottenham to record a 3-1 win.
West Brom’s dismal defensive showings in encounters with the Premier League’s bigger clubs suggests Spurs can help themselves to three goals for the second time in four days.
Tottenham’s attack-minded approach can leave gaps to exploit at the other end however, as evidenced by their return of just one clean sheet in seven top-tier assignments since the summer, and our correct score tip backs Albion to find room to hit a consolation.
Anytime Goalscorer Tip: Harry Kane
With nine goals in his last eight appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, Harry Kane’s consistency in the final third has been incredible this season.
From first time strikes to headers and moments of individual brilliance to rule-bending penalty kicks of his own design, the talismanic centre-forward is notching all types of goals this term, and Kane is worth backing to continue his hot-streak at the Hawthorns on Sunday.
West Brom injuries and team news
Sam Field and Hal Robson-Kanu will miss Sunday’s game against Spurs, while Dara O’Shea has also been rated as doubtful.
Tottenham Hotspur injuries and team news
Erik Lamela is sidelined for Tottenham, though Sergio Reguilon, Japhet Tanganga and Serge Aurier will hope to be available after minor ailments and illness issues.