Tottenham entertain West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night at White Hart Lane, with Spurs knowing a win would put a five point cushion between themselves and Chelsea; kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Harry Redknapp’s team dropped two points in their 1-1 draw against Swansea on New Year’s Eve but they still have the chance to close the gap on Manchester United and City at the top of the table if they can beat Roy Hodgson’s men on Tuesday night.
West Brom will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to low-scoring Everton stymied the momentum the Baggies had built up after two consecutive wins and a 0-0 draw with Man City last Monday.
Tottenham have an extremely impressive home record this season, dropping just five points from a possible 24 at White Hart Lane and they have conceded only three goals there since their 5-1 hammering at the hands of Man City at the end of August.
West Brom’s away record is decent for a lower-placed side in the league, and the Cottagers have only lost three out of nine of their away games this season.
Both legs of this fixture last year were settled by a score-line of 2-2, with Ireland’s Simon Cox securing a point for West Brom with a brilliant goal in the dying minutes of this game last season.
There’s no surprise that Spurs are strong favourites to win this game at 1.38 with Betfair.com, but West Brom are well capable of shocking the bigger teams, as Roberto Mancini will testify to, and a draw at 5.2 is a decent price; checkout more of the match odds here, at Betfair.com.
Tottenham will most likely be without midfield dynamo Scott Parker after the former Chelsea player picked up a knee injury in Saturday’s game against Swansea, but Parker may face a late fitness test to see if he can play a role against the Baggies.
Redknapp can call on the young Brazilian Sandro to clean up in midfield and play the defensive role in Parker’s absence as Tom Huddlestone is still out with a long term ankle injury.
Ledley King may take some part in the game after missing Tottenham’s last two matches due to his knee injury and Aaron Lennon will also be a late shout for inclusion after missing out due to a hamstring injury; Roman Pavluychenko and Sebastian Bassong could return after recovering from an ankle injury and illness respectively.
West Brom captain Chris Brunt is a doubt with a leg injury, picked up in the defeat to Everton and Ireland’s Shane Long is also doubtful with a back injury, which could give his Irish teammate Simon Cox a chance to impress up front as he did last year; Jonas Olsson and Youssouf Mulumbu are both out of contention for West Brom with calf and groin injuries.