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Are in-form Spurs to smash The Baggies?

Last updated: April 22, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWDWL
Away form: LLDLW
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur smashed Stoke City 4-0 at The Britannia Stadium last Monday. Harry Kane and Dele Alli secured the three points for Spurs. With the victory Tottenham got closer to the leaders Leicester City. Mauricio Pochettino’s players are now just 5 points behind The Foxes. So, they have a really good chance of winning The Premier League.

Moreover, The Baggies are in awful form. They failed to win their last 4 matches in The Premier League, losing 3 of them. West Bromwich Albion even failed to score in 3 of these games. However, Tony Pulis’ players are not among the best visitors in the division. They have won only 4 of 16 matches away from The Hawthorns. But, they are playing well in defence, conceding only 18 goals in these 16 matches.

The last time Tottenham Hotspur recorded a victory at home against West Brom was 4 years ago (1-0). And Spurs usually struggle when playing against The Baggies. Tottenham have won 27 of 55 matches at White Hart Lane against West Brom. The Baggies have taken the three points on 13 occasions.


Team News

Alex Pritchard of West Brom has sustained a hip injury. It’s interesting that the midfielder has played for both Tottenham and The Baggies during this season.

James Morrison has a hamstring problem. The last time he played for West Brom was on 13th January 2016 (vs. Chelsea 2-2).

Chris Brunt, who is injured, is the other key player for The Baggies. Brunt will be back on the pitch in September 2016.

Nabil Bentaleb is the only player in Tottenham Hotspur’s squad who can’t take part in the upcoming match against West Brom.

Quotes of the week

Mauricio Pochettino coach
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) :
“If we won the championship, I think that every player would deserve a statue.”

Tony Pulis from WBA
Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) :
“Goodness knows how long James will be. He’ll most probably be fit for the back end of the season, but I can’t see him being fit for the next three games.”


Expected line-ups:

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Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
Subs Wimmer, Son, Mason, Vorm, Chadli, Trippier, Davies.
Injured: Bentaleb.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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WBA (4-2-3-1): Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, Yacob, Sessegnon, Fletcher, McClean, Berahino, Rondon.
Subs Anichebe, Sandro, Leko, Chester, Gardner, Lambert, Myhill.
Injured: Brunt, Morrison, Pritchard.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

harry kane Harry Kane this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
34 3010 24 4,1 1 8 4 0
Josй Salomуn Rondуn Salomon Rondon this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
26 (3) 2163 7 1,9 2 1 1 1

So far this season

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Tottenham this season West Bromwich this season
2 League Position 14
10 (9) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (4)
5-1 vs. Bournemouth Biggest win 3-2 vs. Crystal Palace
5 (6) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (6)
2 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 7 (6)
1-2 to Newcastle Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Southampton and Man City
Kane (24) Top scorer Rondon (7)
Eriksen (12) Assist Leader Fletcher, Brunt, Morrison (3)
Y61, R0 Discipline Y59, R3
6 Failures to score 12
13 Clean Sheets 11
18 Both Teams to Score Games 14
18 Over 2.5 Games 13
16 Under 2.5 Games 20
  • Saido Berahino missed two penalties, when his team was defeated against Watford last weekend. So the forward surely won’t take any more penalties this season.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have won 5 of their last 6 home games in The Premier League. Spurs have recorded 10 victories at White Hart Lane this season.
  • The stats in the Head to Head battle between Tottenham and West Brom are pretty equal. Spurs have won 43 matches, while The Baggies have recorded 41 victories.
  • Spurs kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 10 home matches in The Premiership. In addition, they have the best defence in The Premier League (only 25 goals conceded).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
05/12/15 The Premier League West Bromwich 1-1 Tottenham D. Alli 15′
31/01/15 The Premier League West Bromwich 0-3 Tottenham C. Eriksen 6′
21/09/14 The Premier League Tottenham 0-1 West Bromwich J. Morrison 74′
12/04/14 The Premier League West Bromwich 3-3 Tottenham M. Vydra 1′
26/12/13 The Premier League Tottenham 1-1 West Bromwich C. Eriksen 36′