Tottenham take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon looking to cement their place in the top-four.
Spurs failed to capitalise on Arsenal’s draw with Liverpool as they were held themselves by a stubborn Noriwch City side on Wednesday night. Gareth Bale was the hero once again scoring a stunning solo effort to secure a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.
The midweek results leave the north Londoners just one point above Everton with the Gunners a further three off the pace so a positive result on Sunday could be vital for Tottenham’s top-four ambitions.
The home side have proved to be something of a surprise package this year and had a brief spell in the top-four earlier in the season before hitting a sticky patch in recent weeks that has seen them collect just one point in five games.
New signing Lewis Holtby is expected to make his first start for Spurs after an impressive cameo from the bench in midweek. With Emmanuel Adebayor still away with Togo at the African Cup of Nations, Jermain Defoe should continue up front once again.
Sandro and Younes Kaboul are both out with knee injures while Michael Dawson is likely to play alongside Jan Vertonghen at the back.
West Brom will be without striker Peter Odemwingie after the striker was sent home following his bizarre attempt to push through a move to QPR on deadline day.
Youssouf Mulumbu is expected to return to the side after Congo were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations, while George Thorne is out after being stretchered off against Everton in midweek.
Tottenham have an excellent recent record against the Baggies, losing none of their last six meetings, and we think the Londoners have picked a good time to play Steve Clarke’s men. WBA 0-2 Tottenham
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