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    Tottenham Hotspur v West Brom: Match Preview

    By Tom Regan

    Tottenham Hotspur are eight points behind league leaders Leicester City as they prepare to face West Brom on Monday night after Claudio Ranieri’s side easily dispatched Swansea City 4-0 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
    Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in six games since their 1-0 loss at West Ham at the start of March. Spurs followed up their 3-0 win over Manchester United on April 10th with an outstanding display at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night where they came away 4-0 winners to stay in the title race.

    The north Londoners host Southampton in their penultimate league game of the campaign, before finishing away to relegation strugglers Newcastle United. The Foxes have a tough finish, and there is bound to be more twists and turns before this incredible Premier League season comes to a close.  
    The Lilywhites have not only scored the most goals in the Premier League this term (64), but they also boast the best defensive record, conceding just 25 times in their 34 matches. Only Claudio Ranieri’s side have won more games this season.

    Tottenham have secured 10 victories in their 17 home league games this campaign, losing just twice. They have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League meetings with the Baggies in N17 and will be confident of sealing victory on Monday night.
    Tony Pulis guaranteed his club will be competing in the Premier League next season after accumulating 40 points, but whether they can improve on their performance in the 2014-15 season where they finished 13th remains to be seen.

    They are 10 points clear of the relegation zone and only four points off the top 10, but a run of five league games without a win means they have no momentum as they head into their final four fixtures.
    West Brom have not sealed a win in the Premier League since defeating Manchester United at the Hawthorns in early March, and head into the fixture having suffered a 2-0 defeat to Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal on Thursday night.

    The Baggies host top-four chasers West Ham next weekend, before travelling to Bournemouth in their penultimate league game of the season. They end their campaign by hosting Liverpool, and there is every chance they could finish 16th if they don’t pick up some much needed points in the coming weeks.
    Only Aston Villa (25) have scored fewer than Pulis’ side who have managed just 31 goals this season. On a brighter note, they have only conceded 42 times which is actually less than both West Ham and Liverpool.

    Team News
    The north Londoners have no injury problems following the win over Stoke on Monday and it is unlikely they will make any changes to their starting XI.

    Jan Vertonghen has comfortably slotted back into central defence following a knee injury, and he will continue to play alongside Belgium compatriot Toby Alderweireld.
    Harry Kane, who has scored three in three against West Brom, is closing in on 50 Premier League goals for the Lilywhites. The hot-shot is on 48 goals in the top flight, 24 of which have come this term.

    The Baggies are likely to make changes from the defeat at Arsenal. Jonas Olsson, Salomon Rondon and Craig Gardner are all looking to make the starting XI after coming off the bench against the Gunners, and Olsson’s return may see former Man United defender Jonny Evans replace James Chester at left-back.
    Saido Berahino is likely to start against the club who had two bids rejected for his services in last summer’s transfer window.

    Head To Head
    The two clubs have played one another on 140 occasions in all competitions. There is not much to separate them with Tottenham winning 55 and Pulis’ side victorious in 52. The remaining 33 matches have finished level.

    The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns in the reverse fixture this season, while West Brom won 1-0 at White Hart Lane last campaign. That success was their first in 12 Premier League games away to Spurs.
    Three of the last five Premier League meetings between the two sides have finished as draws.

    Betting Odds (bet365)
    Tottenham: 2/9
    Draw: 6/1
    West Brom: 14/1

    Match Prediction
    The north Londoners have some great momentum going into the final hurdle of the season, and they know that only victory will do if they are to reduce the deficit at the top to five points and stay in the title race. The Baggies can’t buy a win at the minute, and the Lilywhites would love to end their three match win-less run against Pulis’ side at White Hart Lane.

    Tottenham showed they can cope with the pressure at the top with a superb performance at Stoke. I fully expect them to come out on top on Monday, but as recent history shows, West Brom are more than capable of causing an upset. They may get a consolation goal at best, but I can’t see them outscoring Spurs. Comfortable home win for me.
    Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Brom (12/1 with bet365)
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