Match Preview – West Bromwich Albion (A)

Tottenham travel to West Bromwich Albion this weekend, as a rare Saturday fixture awaits Mauricio Pochettino and his squad. After suffering defeat to the Baggies earlier in the season, Spurs will be hoping to correct their sluggish performance at White Hart Lane.

Venue: The Hawthorns

Kick-Off: 3pm

Television Coverage: Not televised

Stats (via BBC Sport)

West Brom ended a nine-game winless streak (D5, L4) against Tottenham by winning the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier this season. It was their first win at White Hart Lane since November 1984. Spurs have not lost in four trips to The Hawthorns since 28 December 2008, when Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie scored for the Baggies.

This is Tottenham’s 39th match of the season in all competitions, the most by an Premier League side. They have lost just one of their last eight league matches. However, their record after 22 games this campaign is worse than in each of the last five seasons. Spurs have won 10 points with goals scored in the 88th minute or later this season – four more than any other side. They have conceded a league-high six penalties this season. Christian Eriksen has won 13 points with his goals, more than any other Premier League player this season.

Opposition focus

Tony Pulis has lost just one of his last 10 games as a Premier League manager (W6, D4). West Brom have gone 260 minutes without conceding a league goal. However, they failed to record a single shot on target in their last league match for the first time in a Premier League game since 1 January 2012 (both against Everton). Only Aston Villa have scored fewer second-half away goals than West Brom’s three. Victor Anichebe’s brace in the FA Cup win over Birmingham was his first since December 2006.

Team News

Nabil Bentaleb still remains on International duty for Algeria at the African Cup of Nations, whilst Nacer Chadli returns to the squad available for selection at the Hawthorns.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Stambouli, Mason, Eriksen, Chadli, Dembélé, Kane

Score – West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

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