Perhaps there’s a lot to be said for playing West Brom at the weekend. Spurs became the first English team in the history of the competition to actually play their best players in an away game on a Thursday night when they’re playing in the Premier League at the weekend.
Either this is a statement from Mourinho that their performances hadn’t been good enough, or they’re so confident in turning the Baggies on Sunday that they felt there was no need to take risks and face embarrassment in Europe. Either way, it changes the landscape of this fixture somewhat.
Sunday 12pm: West Brom v Tottenham
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It’s no surprise to see West Brom in the bottom three, and funnily enough, that same bottom three is comprised of the three sides who are yet to win a game in the competition – go figure.
They’re combative, and while Spurs may be coming into this expecting three points for just turning up, I’m really not sure the sharpness will be there in the early stages. And you know how Spurs get on late in games when the pressure is on.
What seems like a one-sided affair could actually turn into a springboard for the Baggies and a traumatic experience for Jose. Same game multi coming your way.
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West Brom are evidently poor, but while this may be a contrived way of looking at things, they’ve taken points from three of their seven games. Fulham, who lead them in the league table, have done so in just two while Sheffield United and Burley have each lost all but one of their fixtures thus far.
It might seem as the thought the sum of all the parts resembles a car crash, but there are genuine gears in them that work, far more than they seem to for the Burnleys of the world. They’re good for a goal against a side that will either be rotated or not at the peak of their powers so we’re on Both Teams To Score.
The primary reason for this West Brom to Have 4 Shots or More on Target selection is due to gameflow. Spurs will be slow to start, particularly after their globetrotting, and they end games like someone trying to not text their ex after they’ve necked a few pints on a Friday evening.
They’ll hand West Brom chances, and at least with this market, we don’t have to rely on them to take multiple – just to be given them.
When you play the majority of your first team away in Bulgaria, you all but accept that you’re relying on a handful of players to come good for you at the weekend, and in this situation, it appears Mourinho feels confident in Son Heung-Min to do so.
He wouldn’t be wild for thinking that either. Generally an unselfish player, it does seem like this weekend will be his game to carry and his technique allows him to find the target from almost any angle and Son Heung-Min to Have 3 or More Shots on Target feels like a nice play.
Four of the last five goals West Brom have conceded have been in the first half. Bilic is an interesting manager to the point that his half-time chats generally do seem to produce improvements but it’s often too late. Spurs will bag early in this so we’re on Over 0.5 First Half Spurs Goals.
Tips for West Brom v Tottenham
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