Match Preview – West Bromwich Albion (Away)

Tottenham begin cup final number 2 of 6, as Tim Sherwood described today when they face West Brom at the Hawthorns. A Saturday game is something we as Tottenham fans are not accustomed to and hopefully Spurs can make it a good weekend for the fans, and mathematically make top four more realistic, despite the slim chance.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last eight league games against West Brom (W4, D4). The Baggies have only won two of 15 Premier League matches against Tottenham.

Against Norwich, West Brom kept their first clean sheet in 12 league matches. It was only their third league win since 2 November. West Brom have drawn five of their six Premier League home games under Pepe Mel, losing the other. Four of those games ended 1-1. A league-high 11 of West Brom’s goals have been scored by substitutes this season, including five of their last 10 goals.

Emmanuel Adebayor has scored 10 Premier League goals since Tim Sherwood took charge. Only Daniel Sturridge (11) has scored more in that time. Spurs have only two points fewer (59 points from 33 matches) than they had last season, which was a club record total of 61 (alongside the 2009-10 season). Tottenham have made more errors leading to goals (18) than any other team in the top flight this season.
Christian Eriksen has scored three goals and assisted another three in his last three top-flight appearances. Five of his six league goals this season have come at White Hart Lane. Spurs have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven league matches and have a goal difference this season of zero. They remain one of only two teams not to lose a Premier League game from a winning position this season, along with Manchester United. This will be just the seventh time that they have played a league game on a Saturday this season – every other team have already played at least 12 league matches on a Saturday in 2013-14.

Injury wise, Spurs have no changes from Monday. Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Roberto Soldado (hamstring), Erik Lamela (back), Mousa Dembele (hip), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Kyle Walker (pelvis) are all out. Chris Brunt is still out for the hosts through injury, while there are doubts over the fitness of Claudio Yacob, Zoltan Gera, Billy Jones, Graham Dorrans and James Morrison, meaning that Mel could opt for an unchanged side.

Predicted team: Lloris; Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Rose; Paulinho, Chadli, Lennon, Eriksen; Kane, Adebayor

Predicted score: WBA 0-3 Tottenham

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