Tottenham’s annual Europa League odyssey means they’re set for a fatigue-inducing eighth fixture of this campaign already against West Brom, although the raft of squad options available to gaffer Mauricio Pochettino makes them a good bet for an 8/15 home win.
Nevertheless, we’ve had a butcher’s at the markets and come up with three even better punts for the north London clash between the bottom-three Baggies and the top-six chasing Lilywhites:
Spurs to win to nil @ 8/5
Tottenham’s second successive home thumping from Liverpool will be seen as an aberration by Pochettino, whose team didn’t play as badly as the 3-0 scoreline suggested; they merely met a Reds outfit in their pomp on that day.
Against Alan Irvine’s Baggies, who haven’t scored in the top flight since the opening day and only managed one against League Two Oxford before triumphing on penalties, the pickings will be somewhat easier.
Christian Eriksen to score the first goal @ 5/1
After striking ten times in all competitions during his first Premier League term, Eriksen finally got off the mark four games into this campaign last time out at Sunderland, although the Dane’s effort couldn’t prevent his side dropping two points.
Having started every top-flight fixture thus far under Pochettino, Eriksen looks as good a bet as any for an opener considering Spurs’ strikers have only bagged one goal in the league so far in 2014/15.
Jan Vertonghen to score at any time @ 5/1
The Lilywhites back was often the focal point of Spurs’ attacks during Andre Villas-Boas’ reign at White Hart Lane, scoring six times in the Portuguese’s first season in charge.
Vertonghen has only struck once, in the Europa League against Sheriff last October, since the 2012/13 campaign, but Pochettino’s system clearly allows for centre-halves getting forward; Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte notched five for Southampton between them last term.
The Belgium international is bound to start scoring a few again soon, and with West Brom looking prime candidates for a walloping, this fixture could be the catalyst.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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