Gareth to Bale Spurs out
WBA v Spurs - 13:30 - live on Sky Sports 1
Two out of form teams clash at the Hawthorns as winless in three Premier League games Tottenham travel up the M1 to face a winless in five Premier League games West Brom. The Baggies will enjoy putting some of the transfer window saga over Odemwingie to one side and concentrating on the on-field matters.
West Brom (12/5) will be without Peter Odemwingie as the Nigerian's much publicised move to QPR fell through and has resulted in very bad terms between him and the club and he was sent home from training and told he wouldn't be in the match day squad. On a positive note the Baggies can welcome back the Congo international Youssouf Mulumbu after his side was knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
West Brom have picked up just one point from five games, a 2-2 home draw against Aston Vila, and the big question is will the Odemwingie transfer saga cause the players to stand up as a team or be the cause of the slide to continue? The Baggies flew out to an impressive start but they have fell away badly but I can see them making a small turnaround here by taking a point from fellow out of form Spurs, a team they have failed to beat in their last six attempts. The Baggies will have to rely on Lukaku (6/1 First/Last, 7/4 Anytime) for the goals as well as Shane Long (7/1 First/Last, 2/1 Anytime) and the pick would be Lukaku as his pace and power can unsettle the Spurs back line.
Spurs (6/5, draw 11/5) had a surprisingly quiet transfer window by their standards, something West Brom would've loved to have, with only major signing being Lewis Holtby and the former Schalke player should make his full Spurs debut at the Hawthorns. Spurs will definitely be without Adebayor still as the front man is still busy playing for Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations. With the addition of Holtby, Spurs have now used 28 players in the Premier League, only Newcastle have used more.
Jermain Defoe (5/1 First/Last, 5/4 Anytime) will lead the line in Adebayor's continued absence and the hit man can take some of the stick for Spurs run with him failing to take the majority of his chances. He should get plenty of support from midfield with the likes of Lennon (10/1 First/Last, 7/2 Anytime), Dempsey (11/2 First/Last, 6/4 Anytime) and Bale (13/2 First/Last, 15/8 Anytime). Incidentally with eight of Bale's ten goals coming away from the Lane he is the value pick.
Overall I can see this being a draw where bets on the 'unders' rule the roost. A 1-1 (6/1) looks the best bet for a correct score with Spurs drawing their last three in the Premier League. Under 2.5 goals is 10/11 (as is over) and looks to be the 'banker' of the match at a short price, the both teams to score is 4/6 (11/10 not to) while for a big value bet I like the look of the treble for the draw, under 10 corners and under 4 cards at a huge 11/1.
As with every Premier League game we have enhanced anytime wincasts on the game; Lukaku to score in a West Brom win is enhanced from 19/5 to 5/1 while on the Spurs front Defoe scoring in a win is enhanced from 21/10 to 3/1.
Under 2.5 goals @ 10/11
Bale anytime scorer @ 15/8
Worth a punt
1-1 draw @ 6/1
Draw, under 10 corners and under 4 cards @ 11/1