Match Preview – West Bromwich Albion (H)

Tottenham are back in league action this Sunday against West Bromwich Albion. After a well-fought draw against Partizan Belgrade in midweek, Pochettino’s side will be hoping to return to winning ways at White Hart Lane.

2013/14 Head-to-head

Last season, Tottenham struggled against the Hawthorns side. Christian Eriksen will have fond memories of those fixtures, with his first outstanding free-kick coming in a 1-1 draw on Boxing Day. The Dane scored against the Baggies later in the season, in a dramatic 3-3 encounter on the road.

Statistics (Via BBC Sport)

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine games against West Brom (W4, D5), all of which were in the Premier League. West Brom have drawn on three of their last four visits to White Hart Lane. The Baggies’ most recent win against Spurs was a 2-0 victory at The Hawthorns on 28 December 2008 thanks to goals from Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie. Their last win away to Tottenham was a 3-2 victory in a Division One match in November 1984.

Defeat would mean Spurs lose back-to-back home league games for the first time since October-November 2012, when they were beaten by Chelsea and then Wigan. Last season, Tottenham played a Premier League record 22 games on a Sunday. As previously mentioned, Christian Eriksen scored in both of Spurs’ games against West Brom last season. Nacer Chadli has three goals in three league appearances this season after netting just one in 24 matches last season.

Opposition focus

The Baggies are winless in their last 13 Premier League games on a Sunday (D6, L7) since beating Liverpool in April 2012. West Brom are without a win in their last seven Premier League games (D2, L5). They have failed to score in their last three top-flight matches and have gone 286 minutes without scoring. The only previous time they failed to score in four successive Premier League matches was between March and April 2003. Saido Berahino is the only West Brom player to score a Premier League goal this season.

Team news

Kyle Walker remains sidelined after his operation. Pochettino confirmed after the 0-0 draw with Partizan that Andros Townsend will face a late fitness test ahead of West Brom. Joleon Lescott, Giorgios Samaras and Cristian Gamboa are likely to be involved for the visitors.

Predictions

Starting XI: Lloris; Dier, Kaboul, Chiriches, Rose; Dembélé, Capoue; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Adebayor

Score: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

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Via hamrofootball.com

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