Ninth-place West Brom will try to climb up the English Premier League standings when they host fourth-place Tottenham at the Hawthorns on Sunday Feb. 3. West Brom heads into the weekend action with 34 points from 10 wins, four draws and 10 losses. They’ve scored 34 goals and also allowed 34 against. Spurs go into the match with 42 points from 12 wins six draws and six losses. They’ve scored 41 goals and have let 29 in.
Spurs needed a late goal from Gareth Bale to pull out a 1-1 draw in midweek against Norwich while West Brom was beaten 2-1 by fifth-place Everton. West Brom will be playing without Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie who was sent home by the club after trying to force a move to Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day. Odemwingie foolishly drove to Loftus Road in London hoping that QPR would make an offer for him, but they refused to let him in.
However, on the bright side, midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu could be back in the lineup for West Brom since he Congo international is now back in England after his team was knocked out of the African Nations Cup. The team will definitely be without midfielder George Thorne though as it looks like he’s going to miss the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury.
Romeo Lukaku is West Brom’s leading scorer with nine goals. That doesn’t really bode well for the future of the team though since he’s currently on loan from Chelsea. When he goes back to London at the end of the season the team will need to find somebody else who can put the ball in the net.
Spurs received some good news before the match as it looks like striker Jermain Defoe will be back in the squad after missing some action with a pelvic problem. Defoe has 10 league goals so far this season as does Welsh winger Gareth Bale. It also appears that midfielder Tom Huddlestone is back after suffering a leg injury. However, Emmanuel Adebayor is playing in the African Nations Cup and will miss the game while midfielder Sandro and defender Younes Kaboul are both out with knee injuries. We could see midfielder Lewis Holtby play his first game for Spurs after coming over from German club Schalke in the transfer window.
Spurs are in a mini slump since they were knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend by Leeds in a 2-1 game and couldn’t overcome Norwich. They should be able to leave the Hawthorns with a minimum one point, but don’t be surprised if they earn all three of them either. The return of Defoe should be a big boost in the attacking department and Harry Kane, another striker, has also returned to the fold after spending the first half of the season out on loan at Norwich.
Sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds of a West Brom win at 12/5 with a Spurs victory at 6/5 and a draw at 11/5