West Brom v Tottenham
Saturday, 15:00

Bouncing Baggies going down with a fight

West Brom are on the brink of relegation despite a superb revival under caretaker boss Darren Moore. The Baggies appeared marooned at the foot of the table when Alan Pardew was dismissed at the start of April but Moore has inspired a dramatic response from the team and won eight points from four games.
An unbeaten run under Moore has given them the slightest of hope but the reality is not even two wins, from their remaining fixtures, is likely to be enough. The undoubted highlight came at Old Trafford where West Brom stunned Manchester United 1-0 with the victory confirming the title for Man City. But this was not a one-off performance and the Baggies also fought back to draw 2-2 against Champions League finalists Liverpool. Their 1-0 victory at Newcastle last weekend ensured their survival bid would be extended for another game.

Spurs on brink of top-four finish

Tottenham may have come up short on the biggest stages this season but Mauricio Pochettino's side remain on course for another top-four finish. Spurs have suffered disappointment this season, losing to Juventus in the Champions League and more recently in their FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester United.
But there has been very little wrong with their form in the Premier League since the start of the year. Spurs have lost just one of their last 17 matches in the competition and this came against champions Man City. Fourth-placed Tottenham have a five-point cushion over Chelsea and this should be enough to secure another crack at the Champions League. In their last game, Spurs claimed a 2-0 home win over Watford with Harry Kane scoring his 27th Premier League goal of the season - four behind Mo Salah in the Golden Boot race.

Tottenham too short to back

Tottenham are obvious favourites but there are reasons to swerve lumping on them at short odds. The visitors are 1.45 to pick up three points but the performance against Watford was unconvincing and is their only win in the last four games in all competitions. Their recent record against West Brom is also unimpressive with just one victory from their last five meetings.
West Brom have enjoyed a resurgence over the last month but the hosts still find themselves priced at 8.60. This seems very dismissive but West Brom have only beaten Tottenham once in the last 16 clashes. The Baggies have also managed just two home league wins all season so there is not enough evidence to justify chancing the outsiders.
The draw is trading at 5.00 and this is a very interesting option. West Brom have drawntheir last two home games in a campaign where they have been held 13 times. Significantly, four of the last five clashes with Spurs, including November's game, have ended in 1-1 draws. With the Baggies unbeaten under Moore, extending this record by holding their opponents does not look such an unlikely prospect. It won't be enough to avoid relegation but there could be some value in backing West Brom to draw with Tottenham.

Confident hosts can find the net

West Brom have scored in all four games under Moore and the hosts will believe they can cause problems against a Tottenham side which failed to impress defensively against Watford. The Baggies' last seven matches at The Hawthorns have seen both teams score. Tottenham have netted in every game dating back to the defeat in November against Arsenal so the visitors will surely score this weekend. But it could pay off to back West Brom to cause them problems and both teams are strongly fancied to get on the scoresheet.

Ref Watch

Mike Jones takes charge of this weekend's game and the referee has sent off three players in 25 matches this season. He has issued at least five yellow cards in his last five matches and dished out nine in last month's draw between Barnsley and Bolton.
RECOMMENDED BETS
Back both teams to score @ 10/11 (Sportsbook)
Back the draw at 5.00

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