In Form Spurs Make Their Way to the Hawthorns to Face West Brom
Last updated: October 13, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Last season:||West Brom 1 – 1 Spurs|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
After a fantastic win against league leaders Manchester City for Tottenham and a hard-earned point for West Brom against Sunderland, these two teams face off against each other as the Premier League returns. Both teams will be happy with their current standing in the table. Tottenham sit just 1 point behind leaders Manchester City and are the only unbeaten team remaining after 5 wins and 2 draws. West Brom are 9th, with a positive goal difference after upholding their reputation as a tough team to beat.
Key to West Brom’s success has been the acquisition of Nacer Chadli from Spurs. He is already the Baggie’s top scorer and seems to have alleviated the pressure on the team’s strikers while simultaneously solving the historical problem of scoring goals. The typical defensive resilience has remained. This style has served the Baggies well in recent years and with 2 clean sheets so far, West Brom are on the right track. Scoring this week will be a new challenge though. This will be the toughest encounter yet for the club as they face a Tottenham defence that has already registered 4 clean sheets.
Spurs are the only unbeaten team left in the league after they comfortably beat Manchester City a few weeks back. It was an assured performance and could have been an even bigger win had Erik Lamela converted his penalty. The mantra of last season has continued and after 2 early draws, Spurs have won their last 4 games. A win here then would make it 5 wins in their last 5 Premiership games. There are some potential difficulties however. Much of the squad took part in at least 1 International fixture, which means that fatigue could be an issue. The Champions League returns next weeek, so manager Pochettino will have to rotate to some degree. Whether this will affect Spur’s fortunes remains to be seen. This is certainly one to watch.
Skipper Darren Fletcher is a doubt through a thigh injury. His presence would be a huge loss in midfield since he has played in almost every minute of the season so far.
Chris Brunt has finally recovered from a lenthy injury. However he is unlikely to play any part for some weeks while he works up to full match fitness.
Harry Kane will miss out through injury and Mousa Dembélé is a doubt too. The former will be out for a few more weeks but Dembélé’s injury is minor.
Spurs could rotate since many of their players were involved in international fixtures. The likes of Rose, Walker, Dier, Eriksen and more could be rotated as the club look to balance a heavy schedule over the coming weeks.
|West Brom (4-2-3-1):||Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Philips, Fletcher, Yacob, McClean, Chadli, Rondón|
|Subs:||Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Morrison, Gardner, Myhill, Berahino, Leko|
|Tottenham (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Son Heung-min|
|Subs:||Janssen, Vorm, Nkoudou, Dier, Trippier, Winks, Davies|
So far this season
|West Brom this season||Chelsea this season|
|1 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||3 (2)|
|4-2 vs. West Ham||Biggest win||4-0 vs. Stoke|
|1 (2)||(at home) Draws (away)||1 (1)|
|1-2 vs. Everton||Biggest Defeat||—||Nacer Chadli (3)||Top scorer||Son Heung-min (4)|
|James McClean (1)||Assist Leader||Son Heung-min (2)|
|Y18, R0||Discipline||Y12, R0|
|2||Failures to score||0|
|4||Both Teams to Score Games||2|
|2||Over 2.5 Games||2|
|5||Under 2.5 Games||5|
- West Brom will be satisfied with their start to the season. They have proved very difficult to beat, conceeding just 7 goals so far.
- Tottenham are currently the team to beat. They already have 4 clean sheets to their name and have scored in each fixture so far. Solid single margin wins has been the tactic so far, which has seen Spurs also register 5 games with under 2.5 goals.
- They have also not managed to score too many either however. Fans will be hoping that they can overcome this traditional problem, with Nacer Chadli and Solomon Rondón in form. Both these facts means that 5 of the Baggie’s 7 games have seen under 2.5 goals.
- A visit to the Hawthorns is always tough, but with Son Heung-min, Spurs have a goalscorer in teriffic form. West Brom have just 1 clean sheet at home so far and will have their work cut out to improve on this number.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|25/04/2016||Premier League||Tottenham 1 – 1 West Brom||Dawson OG 33′|
|05/12/2015||Premier League||West Brom 1 – 1 Tottenham||Alli 15′|
|31/01/2015||Premier League||West Brom 0 – 3 Tottenham||Eriksen 6′|
|21/09/2014||Premier League||Tottenham 0 – 1 West Brom||Morrison 74′|
|12/04/2014||Premier League||West Brom 3 – 3 Tottenham||Vydra 1′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Any trip to the Hawthorns is always a tough encounter. On paper, a Spurs win looks the obvious call. Look a little deeper though and this fixture is no way as simple as it may first appear. The Tottenham line up is far from known and there will certainly be some element of fatigue among a number of the starting 11. Against what is always a resolute defensive unit, it could be difficult to carve an opening and score a decisive goal. The stats and past results back up a low scoring encounter. Under 1.5 goals has a great shot and is well priced at around 11/5. West Brom may also be able to grind out a draw, which you can get at odds of around 14/5 at Titanbet.