Tottenham Hotspur opened up the Premier League title race and got themselves back into it when they beat Chelsea, but they often encounter a difficult time against West Brom and this could be another such occasion.
Our best bet for this match: Under 2.5 goals at 59/50 with Marathonbet
Spurs are trying to improve upon a record of only one victory in their last seven meetings with the Baggies, five of those games having ended as score draws, and there may not be much to choose between them this time either in the Saturday lunchtime fixture at White Hart Lane.
The Baggies are enjoying a fine season in eighth position in the Premier League table and with these teams both having strong defensive records, a shortage of goals looks a sensible way to bet.
Of course, after they ended Chelsea’s 13-match winning sequence with a 2-0 triumph in their last league game thanks to Dele Alli’s headed double, Tottenham will settle for simply another victory by any margin with their own run now standing at six consecutive successes.
If they make it a magnificent seven, Mauricio Pochettino’s side would climb to second in the table, just four points behind Chelsea, and would retain that position until the following weekend if Liverpool were to lose away to Manchester United on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen (Getty Images)
The excellent spell continued with another 2-0 home win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup, Ben Davies and Heung-Min Son the goalscorers that time, and Spurs are very prohibitively priced to get the better of West Brom.
Tony Pulis’ side go into this game having lost at home in the FA Cup, 2-1 against Derby having led through a Matt Phillips goal, but previously they had kept themselves comfortably in the top half of the table with back-to-back victories over Southampton and Hull and they really are faring as well as could possibly have been expected this term.
And the Albion clearly know how to thwart Spurs, having taken at least a point from six of those last seven meetings, with a White Hart Lane win coming their way as recently as September 2014 when James Morrison bagged the only goal.
No team has conceded fewer Premier League goals at home than Tottenham this season and only Chelsea and Spurs have better defensive records on the road than West Brom, so this all points to being a tight affair and one in which the hosts are no certainties despite their cramped odds.
West Bromwich Albion +2 on the handicap @ 9/10 with Stan James