Premier League Predictions: Liverpool revenge over Burnley, six-pointer between Hull and Swansea

It’s a quiet weekend in terms of Premier League action, with just the four games to savour over Saturday and Sunday as a result of FA Cup quarter-finals taking place. But that doesn’t mean the top-flight action will be any less important to the eight teams involved, particularly for Hull and Swansea who go head-to-head in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool host Burnley in Sunday’s only game and will be looking for revenge over the Clarets from their shock early-season loss at Turf Moor back in August.

The other two fixtures come on Saturday as Everton host West Brom, while West Ham travel to Bournemouth. Read on for all of our Gameweek 28 predictions…

Everton 3-0 West Brom

Everton lost their first Premier League game of 2017 at Tottenham last Sunday and will be desperate to bounce back in front of their own fans after a surprisingly lacklustre performance. Ronald Koeman’s side sit one place above West Brom but are four points clear of the Baggies, who themselves look to be in a bit of limbo. They appear to be guaranteed a top-half finish but don’t seem to have much to play for. That was proven with last week’s 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace. Tony Pulis needs his players to turn up to stand a chance, but they look like they’re already on the proverbial beach so it could be a long afternoon on Merseyside…

Hull 1-1 Swansea

This is an absolute must-win game for Hull City. They are 19th in the table, four points from safety and need to win this to reignite their faint survival hopes. Marco Silva’s men looked to be on a resurgent run of form a month ago, but they’ve now taken one point from their last three games and are missing defensive leaders Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson. Swansea have picked up since Paul Clement took over. They are now five points clear of the drop zone but must avoid defeat here to stay on the survival path ahead of winnable fixtures against Bournemouth and Middlesbrough next.

Embed from Getty Images

Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham

This is a tough one to call because neither side is in any kind of good form and both look like they have very little to play for over the final 11 games. Bournemouth haven’t won in eight PL games and are sliding down the table at a rate of knots. They aren’t yet in major relegation trouble but will be if they can’t pick up. West Ham fell 2-1 at home to Chelsea on Monday night and have now gone three games without a win themselves. They are still a better side than Bournemouth though, and look much more likely to take all three points here.

Embed from Getty Images

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley back in August came as a real shock, especially considering Liverpool had beaten Arsenal 4-3 the weekend beforehand. Jurgen Klopp’s men have continued to struggle against the so-called ‘smaller’ sides in the league this season, while coming out on top against their top six rivals. They are a much better side at home though and look poised to get revenge over the Clarets, who have still not won an away game in the league this season. Sean Dyche’s men have been excellent at Turf Moor, with their home form the reason for their 12-placed position in the table. But they are the league’s worst away side and are unlikely to find any joy at a ground they haven’t won at since 1974.

Embed from Getty Images
Advertisements

Premier League Predictions: Chelsea to extend lead at the top, Bournemouth’s woes to continue

The Premier League returns this weekend after a two-week break for European and FA Cup commitments for a number of top flight clubs. Others have had two full weeks to recover and will hope some warm-weather training will help inspire them to three points this weekend.

Sunday will also see Manchester United and Southampton go head-to-head at Wembley in the EFL Cup Final. Arsenal and Manchester City will not be in action, as a result of Sunday’s final, but read on for all of our Gameweek 26 predictions…

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Chelsea face a Swansea side who have dramatically improved since the appointment of Paul Clement. The reverse fixture was filled with controversy as Chelsea felt hard-done by to not come away with all three points. They’ll be looking to make amends here and extend their lead at the top with both Manchester United and Arsenal not playing in the league this weekend.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace in are in trouble. They need to get a positive result out of this one otherwise Middlesbrough will open the gap between themselves and the bottom three. A win for Sam Allardyce’s side could potentially take them up to 16th and could help to inspire them to get on a run. Middlesbrough know they have to avoid defeat to risk potentially being dragged into the relegation zone, so a draw looks likely.

Everton 3-1 Sunderland

Everton are on an eight game unbeaten run in the Premier League. They’re still in the mix for a European placed finish so have to fight hard to cause the sides above them problems. Sunderland’s so-called revival looks more like a one-game wonder as they were thumped 4-0 having dished out their own four-goal haul the game week before. This looks like a foregone conclusion but you can’t rule Sunderland out of scoring with Jermain Defoe leading the line.

Embed from Getty Images

Hull 2-2 Burnley

Hull City look capable of staying up this season but they have to make their home form count. Burnley cannot buy a win on their travels and despite their commanding position over their opponents here it looks like that unwanted run will continue. Hull have managed to pick up seven points from the last 15 on offer, so a draw here wouldn’t be the worst result.

West Brom 2-0 Bournemouth

West Brom are unbeaten in four and looking as solid as usual ahead of what looks a very winnable fixture against a Bournemouth team that are seemingly in freefall. The Cherries have lost three in a row and conceded six in their most recent away game at Everton. Eddie Howe’s men are out of form but will hope they are clear enough of the bottom three to be fully dragged into a relegation scrap.

Embed from Getty Images

Watford 2-2 West Ham

Both these sides have had two full weeks to prepare for what is a big game for both sets of players. Watford have only lost two of their last 11 at home and are a tough unit to break down, but West Ham have been playing with more belief of late and goals are to be expected in what should be an entertaining game.

Spurs 2-1 Stoke

This is a massive game for Tottenham after their disappointing midweek Europa League exit to Gent at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino knows his players need to bounce back straightaway, but the fact that his first-team played on Thursday night could play a major role in the outcome of the game. Stoke have been inconsistent all season but will fancy their chances after an extended break. They don’t do well in London though, having only won one of their last 20 trips to the capital…

EFL Cup Final – Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Jose Mourinho loves playing cup finals at Wembley. He’s only lost one of 11 finals during his managerial career and has his United team firing on all cylinders ahead of Sunday’s clash. It’s a huge game for the Saints, who have never won the League Cup in their history, but they are up against it and it’s tough to see any other outcome than a United win.

Embed from Getty Images

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, January 14 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Spurs 30/100 – Draw 4/1 – West Brom 10/1

Match Preview

Spurs welcome West Brom to White Hart Lane in Saturday’s early kickoff in the Premier League, with the home side looking to stretch their winning run to six league games.

Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 in their most recent Premier League game, before then beating Aston Villa in the FA Cup Third Round by the same scoreline.

Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with the way his side are performing of late, and particularly Dele Alli after watching the 20-year-old midfielder score six times in his last three starts.

Embed from Getty Images

A win over West Brom on Saturday would see Spurs move into second before Liverpool play Manchester United on Sunday, and that will undoubtedly be the aim.

The Baggies arrive at Spurs off the back of a two-game winning run after beating Southampton and Hull in their last two league games.

Embed from Getty Images

They did, however, crash out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 at home to Derby last Saturday and Tony Pulis will be desperate to see his players respond with a better showing here.

The Baggies have drawn each of the last three games with Spurs 1-1. A dramatic ending to the clash at the Hawthorns back in October saw both sides score in the final eight minutes.

Team News

Spurs only have one player ruled out of the contest, with Erik Lamela still a week away from a return to action after struggling with a hip injury. Mauricio Pochettino’s biggest decision will be what formation to deploy from the outset, with the 3-4-3 setup working well against Watford and Chelsea in their last two league games.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is set to be without four players for the trip to Spurs. Saido Berahino is short of match fitness, while Allan Nyom could be unavailable as a result of refusing to play for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans are both doubts and may miss the game.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

West Brom’s last five: W/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: Spurs have only won one of their last seven games against West Brom, drawing five times against the Baggies in that time, with the last three meetings ending 1-1.

Key Player: Dele Alli – The Spurs midfielder is in the form of his life. He’s scored a brace in his last three Premier League outings – becoming the first midfielder to do so in the competition – and has scored twice in three previous clashes with the Baggies. Expect him to be causing the West Brom defence problems again here.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-1 West Brom – Spurs have struggled to get wins against the Baggies in recent times and another tough test is expected in Saturday’s early kickoff. But Tottenham have looked resurgent in recent weeks and their 2-0 win over Chelsea was arguably their best result of the season. They should follow that up with another three points against a West Brom side that has struggled against the big sides this term.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United

Venue: The Hawthorns – Saturday, December 17 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: West Brom 4/1 – Draw 13/5 – Man United 7/10

Match Preview

West Brom welcome Manchester United to The Hawthorns on Saturday evening as sixth face seventh in the Premier League.

The Baggies are in good form, with last weekend’s loss at Chelsea their only defeat in six league games. They bounced straight back with a 3-1 win over Swansea and look good value for their league position, sitting just four points behind United.

Tony Pulis will ensure his team are tough to break down against a strong United team here, and they can take confidence from the fact they’ve won their last three home games on the spin.

Embed from Getty Images

For Manchester United, this represents another stern test in their final game before Christmas. Jose Mourinho’s men are unbeaten in seven and have won back-to-back league games for the first time since August.

They followed up last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Spurs with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening. That should ensure they travel to The Hawthorns in good spirits on Saturday.

Embed from Getty Images

Mourinho’s men haven’t reached the levels expected of them so far this season but a win here would start to give supporters plenty of confidence at a crucial stage of the campaign.

West Brom beat United in their most recent meeting in March, with a Salomon Rondon goal enough to earn the Baggies three points. They’ve now beaten United in three of their last six meetings.

Team News

West Brom remain without Saido Berahino and Boaz Myhill, while former United defender Jonny Evans is a doubt after missing the midweek win over Swansea.

Manchester United are expected to be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan again here, with the Armenian winger not expected back until Boxing Day. Chris Smalling remains out, while Eric Bailly is expected to miss this trip after leaving the game at Palace with another injury problem. Luke Shaw is a doubt, as is Anthony Martial, who missed the game in midweek.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five: W/D/W/L/W

Manchester United’s last five: D/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: West Brom have won their last three home games, scoring 10 goals in those victories.

Key Player: Salomon Rondon – The Baggies striker netted a hat-trick on Wednesday night, becoming just the second player in Premier League history to score three headed goals in one game. He now has seven league goals this season and will be looking to guide West Brom to another win here.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Man United – This is expected to be a tight contest between two sides that will be desperate to earn another impressive win in the final game before Christmas. West Brom have been scoring for fun at home and will threaten the United defence here, although Jose Mourinho’s men look to be finding form and will be tough to beat here. Score draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Sunday, December 11 – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Chelsea 1/4 – Draw 5/1 – West Brom 11/1

Match Preview

Chelsea host West Brom on Sunday as they look to stretch their winning run to nine games in the Premier League and move back ahead of Arsenal to the top of the table.

The Blues have been excellent over the past two months and their 3-1 win at Manchester City last weekend only confirmed that they are back to their very best, with a Premier League title looking likely at this stage.

Embed from Getty Images

Antonio Conte’s men have only conceded two goals in their last eight games and should prove too strong for the Baggies here, with everyone expecting Chelsea to return to the top of the table.

West Brom have been in good form of late though and will arrive looking to frustrate the home side. Tony Pulis’ men have not lost in four and have only lost one of their last five away games in the Premier League.

Embed from Getty Images

They are hard to break down and would love to walk away from Stamford Bridge with a point on Sunday. They have managed to do just that on two of their last three trips to West London, but remain huge underdogs for this one.

The last meeting between the two sides saw them draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge back in January. There tends to be a lot of goals when these sides meet and so an exciting game is expected in Sunday’s early kickoff.

Team News

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said he will start to rotate his squad over the busy Christmas period, despite making very few changes to the starting lineup during their eight-game winning run. John Terry is out again, while Oscar is ruled out with illness. Nemanja Matic missed the game at City last week but could return here, while Pedro and Diego Costa are likely to play despite picking up knocks last weekend.

West Brom could welcome back Nacer Chadli on Sunday, with James Morrison a doubt. Gareth McAuley hasn’t trained this week, so he’s unlikely to start in defence, paving the way for Jonas Olsson to step in. Salomon Rondon will lead the line in what is likely to be a defensive setup by Tony Pulis.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

West Brom’s last five: L/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: West Brom have not won a league game at Stamford Bridge since 1978. They have drawn three and lost ten since their last victory 38 years ago.

Key Player: Diego Costa – The Chelsea player scooped the November Player of the Month award and is back to his best. He was instrumental in last weekend’s win at Manchester City and will need to continue to show the fight and hunger in and around the box if Chelsea are to remain on track for the Premier League title. If Costa avoids a booking on Sunday, he will have gone nine games without one for the first time in over five years.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Chelsea 2-0 West Brom – West Brom will arrive at Stamford Bridge looking to remain tight and make things tough for the home side, but Chelsea have proven how good they are over the past two months and have more than enough quality to breakthrough and win this game comfortably. Home win.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Burnley

Competition: Premier League – West Brom vs. Burnley

Venue: The Hawthorns – Monday, November 21 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: West Brom 10/11 – Draw 23/10 – Burnley 7/2 

Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion welcome Burnley to The Hawthorns for the Premier League’s Monday night clash as both sides return to action following the international break.

The Baggies most recent outing saw them pick up a 2-1 away win at last year’s champions, Leicester City – all the more impressive considering the Foxes hadn’t suffered a home league defeat for 20 games.

That win would have given West Brom a huge confidence boost following a run of five games without a win going into it.

Embed from Getty Images

Tony Pulis will hope his side have now turned a corner and can make a real challenge to finish in the top half of the table this season – a win here would be the first time they’ve recorded consecutive victories this season.

Confidence will be equally high in the Burnley camp after a dramatic last minute winner from Ashley Barnes secured a 3-2 win at home to Crystal Palace last time out.

The Clarets are undefeated in their last three games (W2, D1) and a win here would lift them into ninth place, sending out a real statement to anyone who thought they’d be this year’s whipping boys.

Embed from Getty Images

Sean Dyche will be hoping his side can improve on their poor away record however, as results have been hard to come by away from Turf Moor (D1, L3).

The last time these two sides played each other, it ended in a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor back in February 2015. The previous meeting at The Hawthorns saw West Brom run out comfortable 4-0 winners in September 2014.

Team News

West Brom could still be without both Saido Berahino (fitness) and Nacer Chadli (knee surgery), while striker Salomon Rondon should return to action following a hamstring injury.

Burnley defender Stephen Ward is a doubt as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury which kept him out of the home win against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five: D/D/L/L/W

Burnley’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Burnley haven’t won at The Hawthorns since 1969. They’ve played there on ten occasions since then in all competitions, drawing twice and losing the other eight.

Key Player: Matt Phillips – He scored the winner for the Baggies at Leicester and really impressed. He’ll be looking to build on that with another fine performance here.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Burnley – West Brom and Burnley will be confident from their previous results and a draw would probably be a reasonable outcome for both sides. Score draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester City vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: King Power Stadium – Sunday, November 6 – 16:30 GMT (11:30 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 3/4 – Draw 5/2 – West Brom 9/2

Match Preview

Leicester welcome West Brom to the King Power Stadium for the final Premier League game of the weekend on a busy Sunday afternoon of fixtures.

The Foxes will be on a high after a goalless draw away at FC Copenhagen in midweek saw them edge closer to securing a place in the last-16 knockout stages of the Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri’s side also picked up a valuable point in the league away at Tottenham last weekend, however, inconsistency has scuppered the defence of their title.

Embed from Getty Images

The reigning champions are currently in mid-table but are still unbeaten at home (W3, D2), so they’ll be confident of a positive result, which would see them go three consecutive games without defeat for the first time this season.

West Brom can’t seem to buy a win at the moment, recording just one victory in their last nine league games (D4, L4), so they need results to improve to avoid being drawn into a relegation scrap.

Tony Pulis won’t be concerned just yet though, as he has the know-how and will point to the tough run of recent fixtures as a reason for why they’ve struggled for wins, having faced Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City in their last three.

Embed from Getty Images

The Baggies don’t travel particularly well, with just two wins in their last 19 Premier League away games (D9, L8), so they will desperately want to change that record.

The previous meeting between these two sides was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Leicester back in March.

Team News

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is out after breaking his hand in midweek, so Robert Zieler will start in between the sticks. Islam Slimani should return following a muscle injury.

West Brom will be without standout man Nacer Chadli after he underwent knee surgery. James McClean will miss the game through suspension after picking up five yellow cards, while Saido Berahino (fitness) and Jonas Olsson (hamstring) are out. Claudio Yacob returns to the squad following suspension.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five: L/D/L/W/D

West Brom’s last five: D/D/D/L/L

Key Stat: Goals  There has been a combined total of 14 goals in the last three games involving these two sides.

Key Player: Ahmed Musa – The Nigerian has come to the fore recently, netting two goals in his last two games – he could be a great player for the Foxes both this season and in years to come.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Leicester City 2-1 West Brom – Leicester have been strong at home this season despite their inconsistency, while West Brom’s form has dipped. It should be a tightly contested affair, but the Foxes will fancy their chances of edging it.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, October 22 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 17/4 – West Brom 9/1

Match Preview

Liverpool take on West Brom at Anfield in Saturday’s evening Premier League fixture with both sides looking to build on a good start to the season.

The Reds struggled to break down a rigid Manchester United defence in a goalless draw on Monday night and will come up against opposition that will most likely deploy similar tactics to United’s this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in free scoring form so far this season with 18 goals in the league – only Man City and Arsenal have managed more (19) – so they’ll be hoping to bounce back with a win.

Embed from Getty Images

The draw with United ended a run of four consecutive league wins for Liverpool, however they’re now unbeaten in six and haven’t yet lost a home game (W2, D1).

West Brom arrive in Merseyside after nearly snatching all three points in their 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham last weekend, as only a last-gasp Dele Alli equaliser cancelled out Nacer Chadli’s strike against his former club.

The performance will have pleased Tony Pulis as his side showed they could cut it against the league’s top sides, showing a good fighting spirit and defensive solidarity.

Embed from Getty Images

With that in mind, the Baggies may fancy their chances of earning themselves at least a point at Anfield as they’re proving difficult to beat and will try to hurt Liverpool at set pieces.

The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of last season. The last three clashes have ended in a draw.

Team News

Liverpool are hoping James Milner recovers from a knock, while Giorgio Wijnaldum is a doubt. Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez will miss the game through injury.

Embed from Getty Images

West Brom’s only major concern is that Jonny Evans will miss the game through suspension after already picking up five yellow cards this season.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: West Brom have won on two of their last five league visits to Anfield (D1, L2).

Key Player: Nacer Chadli – The Belgian has been in scintillating form for his new club and will be looking to make an impact in this game. He’s the go to guy at the moment and if West Brom are to get something, he’s bound to play a part.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom – The Reds should have enough to edge past a resilient West Brom side. The Baggies are unlikely to be rolled over easily but Jurgen Klopp has plenty of quality at his disposal which could be the difference.

West Brom complete club-record £13m deal for Chadli – but is he worth it?

*Header photo by Adam Fradgley - AMA/Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion have today completed a club-record transfer for Nacer Chadli, with the Belgium international joining from Spurs for a reported fee of £13 million.

The 27-year-old was one of the seven players signed by Tottenham with the money raised from Gareth Bale’s then world-record transfer in 2013, with Chadli going on to make 119 appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals.

He departs the north London club having fallen down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino, with the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Josh Onomah and Heung-Min Son all getting attention ahead of Chadli so far this term.

Embed from Getty Images

The switch to West Brom will allow the Belgian winger to reinvent himself in a team that will place higher importance on his abilities than he ever enjoyed at White Hart Lane.

Chadli is primarily a left-winger, although he can also operate on the opposite flank or as an out-and-out striker. He will likely replace James McClean in the Baggies’ starting lineup, with fellow summer signing Matt Phillips occupying a place on the right, behind striker Salomon Rondon.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has spoken of how Chadli will improve the squad and has labelled him as a “top, top player”.

“I’m delighted we’ve got him, Pulis said. “I said last week that these signings all had to be about players who would improve our squad – and Nacer does precisely that.”

But just how will the new man improve the Baggies?

Table: Chadli's 2015/16 Premier League statistics compared to James McClean and Chris Brunt (stats via Squawka).

Table: Chadli’s 2015/16 Premier League statistics compared to James McClean and Chris Brunt (stats via Squawka).

As the table above shows, Chadli is much more of a goal-threat than West Brom’s current left-sided options in James McClean and Chris Brunt.

The former FC Twente man scored more goals than Brunt and McClean combined last season, despite playing significantly fewer minutes than his new teammates.

Chadi also created more than twice as many chances than McClean per 90 minutes last season, and also fired more shots per game too.

The Irishman is more direct in the sense of getting his head down and taking on an opposing defender, but Chadli will add quality to the Baggies attack, with his crossing and eye for goal just two aspects that should help Pulis’ men going forward.

At 27, Chadli should be entering the prime of his career and Pulis will now be looking to get the best out of his new acquisition.

For Chadli, playing regular first-team football will help him rediscover his best form and should also increase his chances of getting back into the Belgium national team picture.

The transfer makes sense for both parties, although paying a club-record fee for any player increases pressure and Chadli will need to try and inject some pace into the team’s attack from the word ‘go’.

He will expect to make his debut in West Brom’s next game away at Bournemouth on September 10 following the international break.

Is Nacer Chadli a good signing for West Brom?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: White Hart Lane – Monday, April 25 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Tottenham 2/9 – Draw 5/1 – West Brom 14/1

Match Preview

Tottenham host West Brom on Monday night as they look to keep their Premier League title charge alive with the end of the season drawing ever closer.

Spurs will be closely watching Leicester’s game with Swansea on Sunday and will be hoping the Foxes drop points as they did last weekend, with the Lilywhites ready to pounce on any mistakes when they play a day later.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team have impressed all year, but last week’s 4-0 demolition of Stoke at the Britannia was one of the best away performances any team has put in this season.

Embed from Getty Images

Tottenham were unplayable and could have scored six or seven goals. If they play with the same intensity this week, West Brom will stand little chance in halting their progress.

The Baggies are stuck in limbo with four games to go. They have little to play for, with relegation seemingly impossible, and so it’s perhaps difficult for Tony Pulis to motivate his players.

West Brom sit ten points clear of safety with four to go. They have reached that magical ’40-point’ mark and are now seemingly waiting for the season to end.

Embed from Getty Images

They come into this game in poor form, having lost three in a row, and are looking to end a five-game winless run at White Hart Lane on Monday.

The Baggies lost 2-0 away at Arsenal on Thursday night and the lack of recovery time ahead of this game will likely play into Tottenham’s hands.

The reverse fixture saw the sides draw 1-1 at the Hawthorns, with Dele Alli’s early strike cancelled out by James McClean before halftime. Tottenham have only won one of their last five clashes against the Baggies but will hope to cruise to three points on Monday.

Embed from Getty Images

Team News

Mauricio Pochettino has just one injury concern as Nabil Bentaleb remains out. Clinton N’Jie is not yet fit enough to feature but will be pushing for a place on the substitutes bench. Pochettino is expected to name an unchanged team to the one that swept Stoke away last Monday.

West Brom have only had three days to prepare for this game following their Thursday night loss at Arsenal. Tony Pulis will not be able to call on Spurs loanee Alex Pritchard, while Chris Brunt and James Morrison remain injured.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/D/W/W

West Brom’s last five: L/D/L/L/L

Key Stat: West Brom have only lost one of their last five Premier League visits to White Hart Lane (W1 D3), with Tottenham’s last home win against the Baggies coming in 2012.

Key Player: Harry Kane – Tottenham’s star striker has proved his critics wrong by enjoying another fine season. He leads the scoring chart with 24 and is now just two strikes away from hitting 50 Premier League goals. After scoring eight in his last six league outings, Kane will expect to find the net against the Baggies here.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Tottenham 4-0 West Brom – Tottenham are playing some incredible football and don’t look to be running out of steam at a crucial part of the season. Regardless of the Leicester result on Sunday, Spurs will be out to seal three points and should prove far too strong for the Baggies. West Brom have only scored once in their last five outings and will struggle to penetrate a strong Tottenham defence here.