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Struggling Spurs and West Brom have the unders backers on red alert

| 24.12.2013

Tottenham may have fired three goals past a formerly resolute Southampton back four in their last outing, but those prophesising the end of their lean spell in front of goal as over on the back of this result are very much mistaken.

Hobbling along near the foot of the table, West Brom are the ideal opposition for Spurs’ temporary manager Tim Sherwood to tackle in his first home league game in charge and his side should claim the spoils at odds of 11/20. The Baggies are winless in six, meaning their 5/1 should be discounted, but the 3/1 that says they’ll depart White Hart Lane with a point shouldn’t.

Spurs’ 3-2 win at St Mary’s represents the only time this season that the north Londoners have hit the back of the net more than twice in a single Premier League game, failing to score in four of the seven that preceded it and getting above one goal just once in the same time frame.

Sherwood may have unshackled the team to a certain extent following his takeover from Andre Villas-Boas, a more defensively-minded coach, but they only managed a solitary goal in his first match in charge – the 2-1 Capital One Cup reverse with West Ham – and they haven’t been the most prolific when squaring off with the Baggies of late.

They’ve not beat the West Brom keeper more than twice in six of their last seven tussles with the Midlands club, scoring exactly one goal in five of these.

These statistics should have the unders sense tingling, with fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored in total available at 20/21.

If a larger profit margin is what you seek, take the diversion to the Tottenham total goals market, where those who wager on the hosts’ goal tally to fall short of the 1.5 mark will be paid out a rate of 23/20.

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James Middleton