The English Premier League continues this weekend, so take a look at our tips and predictions for the Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool vs. Chelsea matches. With plenty of picks and markets to choose from, don’t waste your time and join the action at Get More Sports.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion
Three-Way: 1: Tottenham -294; X: +540 Draw; 2: West Brom +1550 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -1.5: Tottenham -118; West Brom +117
Total +2.5: Over -130; Under +127
Spurs bounced back after the 0:2 Premier League defeat to Arsenal with a 2:1 victory over Dortmund in the Champions League that secured them a top spot in the group ahead of Real Madrid. Aubameyang scored for the Germans to give them the first-half lead, but Tottenham responded magnificently after the interval and collected three points thanks to Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side is trailing 11 points behind the Premier League leaders Man City and Spurs are currently in the 4th position with 23 points, 13 more than the Baggies. They must win this one to keep up with the Citizens, and the hosts are huge favorites against the struggling West Brom.
Tottenham Hotspur played 19 games so far in the 2017/18, recording 12 victories, three draws, and four losses, with a goal difference of 35:16, which is 2.70 goals per contest on average. Spurs won the previous two home matches, and they lost just once to the Baggies at home since 2002, so the visitors will have a mountain to climb to get a positive result at Wembley on Saturday.
Harry Kane is the team’s top scorer with 14 goals in 16 appearances, while Dele Alli with seven, and Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen with four apiece are also the key contributors to the attack. The right-back Kieran Trippier is the most creative individual with seven assists to his name, while Eriksen has four dishes at the moment. Mauricio Pochettino cannot count on Toby Alderweireld who is out with a hamstring injury and will not return until January, as well as Victor Wanyama who is sidelined with a knee injury.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
The Baggies didn’t taste the victory in the past 11 matches and suffered four consecutive defeats in the Premier League, so West Brom’s hierarchy decided to part ways with Tony Pulis and appointed the assistant Gary Megson as the new manager until they find a suitable man who will take over the charge at the Hawthorns. The latest 0:4 home loss to Chelsea was the final nail in Pulis’ coffin and that defeat sent the Baggies to the 17th position with ten points, only one ahead of the West Ham who is in the relegation zone.
West Bromwich Albion played 14 games in this campaign, recording three victories, four draws, and seven losses, with a goal difference of 13:21, which is 2.42 goals per contest on average. The Baggies failed to win in the previous five away matches, scoring just two goals in the process and allowing eight in return.
Jay Rodriguez is the team’s leading scorer with three goals in 14 appearances, while Matt Phillips and Salomon Rondon are right behind him on a goal-scoring chart with a pair of goals to their respective names. West Brom is among the least efficient teams in the Premier League at the moment as only Crystal Palace, Swansea, and Huddersfield scored fewer goals. Gary Megson will be without Nacer Chadli (muscle), Craig Dawson (knee), and James Morrison (Achilles tendon), who are all injured and will not feature on this one.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion – Match Prediction
Spurs cannot afford to drop points here and anything but a convincing win would be a surprise, so I am backing them to win big on Saturday.
MY PICK: Tottenham AH -1.5 (-118)
Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Three-Way: 1: Liverpool +125; X: +270 Draw; 2: Chelsea +265 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -0.5: Liverpool +120; Chelsea -118
Total +3: Over +120; Under -125
The Reds’ four-game winning streak ended in Sevilla as Liverpool drew 3:3 in the Champions League, despite having a 3:0 lead in the first-half. Roberto Firmino’s brace and a goal from Sadio Mane gave a huge lead to Liverpool, but Sevilla responded magnificently and managed to snatch a draw, but Jurgen Klopp’s side is still at the top of the group with a point ahead of the Spaniards, and a win over Spartak at Anfield in the final round will guarantee them the first place. Liverpool won three in a row in the Premier League and is currently in the 5th position with 22 points, 12 behind the league leaders Man City and three fewer than Chelsea.
Liverpool played 20 games this season, recording ten victories, seven draws, and three losses, with a goal difference of 46:28, which is 3.70 goals per contest on average. The Reds are without a home loss in this campaign, winning the previous three with the identical 3:0 result and the fact that they conceded just once at Anfield in the Premier League is a bit concerning for the Blues when they visit Liverpool on Saturday. Klopp’s side didn’t lose to Chelsea since 2014, but they are without a home win in H2H encounters since 2012.
Mohamed Salah is the team’s top scorer with 14 goals in 19 appearances, while Roberto Firmino added nine goals to his name. Philippe Coutinho with five, Sadio Mane with four, and Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge with three goals apiece are also key players at Anfield. Firmino is the best assist-maker with five dishes so far, while Salah, Coutinho, Mane, and James Milner recorded four assists each. Jurgen Klopp cannot count on the right-back Nathaniel Clyne who is struggling with a back injury and will not be back before February, but the gaffer could have Adam Lallana and Joel Matip back into contention for this tilt as they are recovering from a hamstring and thigh injuries, respectively.
The Blues are in a good run of three consecutive wins in which they didn’t allow a goal, and the latest 4:0 victory over Qarabag in the Champions League secured them a place in the knockout phase. Willian’s brace, and goals from Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas from the penalty spot helped Chelsea to record a massive win in Azerbaijan, while Antonio Conte’s side is in the third position in the Premier League with nine points behind Manchester City.
Chelsea played 20 games in the 2017/18 so far, recording 13 victories, two draws, and five losses, with a goal difference of 46:21, which is 3.35 goals per contest on average. The Blues won the last two away matches, scoring eight and conceding none in the process, while they are without a defeat at Anfield since 2012, but the last time they beat Liverpool was three years ago.
Alvaro Morata is the team’s leading scorer with nine goals in 17 appearances, while Michy Batshuayi with seven, and Eden Hazard with six are right behind him on a goal-scoring chart. Cesc Fabregas is the most creative individual at Stamford Bridge with six assists to his name, while Willian, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Hazard recorded four dishes apiece. Antonio Conte is without Batshuayi (malleolar) and Charly Musonda (knee), while Victor Moses is doubtful as he is recovering from a hamstring injury.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea – Match Prediction
The Reds are playing very well recently and I consider them as slight favorites on this one, and although it could easily go either way, I am backing the hosts to get three points at Anfield.
MY PICK: Liverpool to win (+125)
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