West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

14 Oct

West Brom's Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli


Nacer Chadli has proven to be an inspired signing so far for West Brom after his summer move from Tottenham

TEAM NEWS

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis will give midfielder Darren Fletcher a fitness test after he picked up a dead leg playing for Scotland.

Salomon Rondon only returned from international duty with Venezuela on Thursday so will also be assessed.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is struggling with a foot problem he picked up during training and is a doubt.

Striker Harry Kane remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Alistair Mann: “Tottenham certainly issued a significant statement in their comfortable victory against Manchester City two weeks ago, a result which left them as the only unbeaten side in the Premier League.

“The manner in which they outplayed the seemingly unstoppable league leaders had the dual effect of not only reassuring the rest of the division that Pep Guardiola’s team are not invincible after all, but equally re-affirming Spurs’ own credentials as genuine title contenders.

“Having not lost at The Hawthorns on their previous six visits, it would be a major surprise if they did this time around, albeit that the Baggies hit four goals in a home game for the first time in two years when they last played in front of their own fans.”

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: “Spurs didn’t get over the line last year but that will make them more determined. They’re a good, young side and it’ll be tough.

“Pochettino’s teams are well coached. They work up and down the pitch exceptionally well. They’ve got real talent.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “Now we must be clever and we need to understand that it will be a tough game, maybe more difficult than Manchester City.

“If we’re not focused, or if we don’t play with the same intensity, the same passion, we will suffer a lot against a team that is very physical and strong.

“In the Premier League you can never play 80 or 70% of your capacity, you always need to be 100%.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

For most of last season, people were asking how Spurs would do if Harry Kane got injured but now we know, and they can definitely cope without him.

West Brom have made a solid start to the season but this Tottenham team look very convincing at the moment, and they are going to be hard to stop.

Prediction: 0-2

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • West Brom have won just one of their last 13 Premier League meetings with Tottenham, drawing seven and losing five.
  • The Baggies’ last victory at home over Spurs was by 2-0 in December 2008, when Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie scored.
  • West Brom held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in both league matches last season. Nine of the 20 Premier League clashes between these sides have ended all-square.

West Bromwich Albion

  • West Brom’s next four fixtures are against Tottenham (h), Liverpool (a), Manchester City (h) and Leicester (a).
  • Their passing accuracy of 68% is the lowest in the division this season. They have also attempted the fewest passes (2055).
  • Nacer Chadli has scored three goals in four Premier League games for the Baggies, as many as he managed in his previous 30 while playing for Tottenham.
  • Chadli has been involved in five of West Brom’s last six league goals (three goals, two assists).

Tottenham

  • This is Tottenham’s best start to a top-flight season since they opened their 1960-61 title-winning campaign with 11 straight wins.
  • They could go unbeaten in their opening eight league matches of a season for the first time since 1990.
  • Spurs have conceded just three goals this season, fewer than any other top-flight side.
  • Christian Eriksen has had 18 shots in the Premier League, the most of any player yet to score in 2016-17.
  • Dele Alli has created 66 chances from open play in the Premier League since the start of last season, more than any other Englishman in that period.

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