Match Review, West Brom vs Tottenham.

Match: Saturday 31st January 2015.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: The Hawthorns.

Result: West Brom 0-3 Tottenham.

Tottenham goalscorers: Eriksen 6’, Kane 15′, 64’.

A really, really good win. You can’t get much better than 3-0 away from home, scoring great goals and keeping a clean sheet makes it the perfect win. The whole occasion was very comfortable, we passed the ball swiftly and accurately, and constantly looked a threat to the Albion goal, with the interplay between Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele & Erik Lamela. Going ahead early made it much easier to keep West Brom at bay, hold the ball and play at our own pace, able to up the speed of play when we wanted to, and slow it down also. West Brom weren’t able to get their foot into the game and affect it in the way they would have wanted to; we were just too powerful, too intricate and too good for what is a side that don’t have the sheer quality in their ranks that we do. This win is crucial, going into a very tough February, we needed to pick up three points and now we go into these difficult fixtures with conviction and confidence, and we certainly will not fear any fixture, with the form that we have hit. Facing Arsenal, Liverpool and Fiorentina in this form is a good thing, and we will look to win all of those contests. After securing a spot at Wembley, and winning comfortably against West Brom, it hasn’t been a bad week to be a Tottenham fan. Now let’s hope February and March top January!

In the first half, it was Christian Eriksen who commenced the scoring, with his 11th goal of the season from a free kick. He has become an expert from the dead ball, and it was another scrumptious curling effort, which alluded West Brom’s Ben Foster and nestled into the back of the net for what was a picture-perfect start to the game. We controlled the tempo after that, with Mason and Dembele shifting the ball around with relative ease, and then we picked up the pace, and the ball found it’s way into the path of Mousa Dembele who dribbled with the ball before releasing it into the quick feet of Harry Kane, who took two touched before smashing the ball past Ben Foster before he could say ‘goal’, and the scoreboard showed 2-0, with just 15 minutes played and it was looking healthy for Tottenham and rather miserable for the Baggies. After the second goal, it’s natural, although frustrating for Tottenham to just take their foot off the pedal and try and control the possession, but we couldn’t really contain West Brom, who settled into the game and started to have more possession, be more threatening and create good chances. And they forced two magnificent saves out of Hugo Lloris, first from long range from James Morrison and then Claudio Yacob from just outside the six-yard box. Saved by our captain Lloris, once again. After these chances, we wanted to see half time come about quite quickly, as the pressure mounted, but we saw this spell through to half time and at half time, we looked in a fantastic position to win the game, if we could build on our two goal lead in the next period.

The second half was not all guns blazing by any means; West Brom created a few chances here and there but were never overly threatening, and apart from Christian Eriksen going extremely close from outside the box, we didn’t create a hell of a lot either, but we were still a threat on the ball; we were patient, and we probed with the ball in midfield, with Harry Kane always moving in front of the midfield, looking for an opening, and after Hugo Lloris making another brilliant save, this time from Victor Anichebe, it was Tottenham who got the vital third goal to kill the game, the goal which Mauricio Pochettino has been craving for so long, to kill a game and be comfortable, and not have to rely on a late goal, and it was Harry Kane who got it from the spot, Kyle Walker fizzing a ball low into the box and hitting a hand of a West Brom defender, granting us the penalty, and Harry Kane converting with ease on 64 minutes, finishing off the game. And that penalty wasn’t just Kane’s second of the match, it was his 20th of the season for Tottenham, a simply magnificent achievement for a player who has come on leaps and bounds this season, and will no doubt continue to develop, and cement his place as one of the best strikers in the Premier League at the moment, I am not over exaggerating when I say he is on his way to becoming a complete player, he can do everything. We continued, after the third goal, to hold the ball well, but West Brom tried to get the ball a bit more and succeeded, but they simply couldn’t get the ball into the net, and past the unbelievable Hugo Lloris, as well as Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio, who were very assuring at the back, and kept Saido Berahino very quiet. We strolled into the final whistle with the three-goal lead and three points secured, being a brilliant performance and result.West+Bromwich+Albion+v+Tottenham+Hotspur+Premier+JB9pNzcfvZvx
There’s no doubt who the man of the match award goes to; Harry Kane scored twice, worked extremely hard and linked up really well with his fellow attackers, he kept Dawson and McCauley ever so busy all through the game until he was replaced by Roberto Soldado to cheers of ‘He’s one of our own!’ from the travelling support. As I have said, he’s now at 20 goals for the season and there is no doubt that he will go on to get around 30 this season, even more, because he is so lively, in every game he plays, even when he isn’t scoring he’s affecting games, making space, assisting team mates and working hard – he is without doubt the most improved player in the Premier League this season, and being 21, there is still so much more he will learn, and he will continue to improve throughout this season, and throughout his long Tottenham career. As well as the phenomenal Harry Kane, you have the magnificent Christian Eriksen, who seems to just continue to produce, game after game, after game, and he did that once again in this match, with a perfect free kick, and he threatened throughout the game as well, with his intricate passing and ability to run with the ball and effect the game; he is a joy to watch and his class from the dead ball is something you can never get bored of, he is such an intelligent player, and I am so glad that he is Spurs. After being in the peripheral of the Spurs team, Mousa Dembele’s performance today, especially in the first half was very good; his ability on the ball is second to none, and recently, he has been able to provide that killer touch too of an assist, key pass or chance created, which is exactly what we have always wanted from Dembele, and you have to credit Pochettino, as he has put him in a more offensive position and it is paying dividends, as he notched the assist for the second goal, and also won the foul that led to Christian Eriksen’s wonder free kick. Consistency in his performances is key, and with two good performances in a row, hopefully he can kick on and become a big and important member of the squad, like he was when he first joined the club. Hugo Lloris, what can I say? He makes crucial, phenomenal saves time and time again and is the indisputable best goalkeeper in the Premier League in my opinion; he is unbelievable and there aren’t enough superlatives in the world to describe him, so I will make one up, he’s ‘fantabuloumazing’! Special mention for Paulinho, who after being the forgotten man earlier in the season, has worked hard to regain fitness, to regain his touch and form, and then regain his place as part of the squad, and he played really well today, and I am hoping there is further improvement to come for the Brazilian, as his graft to get back in the side is commendable. Another mention as well for Jan Vertonghen, who I believe has been Mr Consistent at the back this season, and he has certainly rediscovered his best form alongside Eric Dier and Federico Fazio; he’s been brilliant and was again in this match, containing Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe with relative comfort.

A magnificent three points! Next up is the North London Derby at White Hart Lane in the Premier League, and let’s hope we start February in a similar way to how we started January, with a comprehensive victory against a top 4 London side. The first month of January has been very kind to Tottenham; let’s hope the rest of the year is just as good, and we can be very successful. Follow me on twitter for it all, here: @AddictedToSpurs. Up the Spurs!! COYS!

My player ratings for the side that faced West Brom at the Hawthorns:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 8
Fazio – 7.5
Vertonghen – 8.5
Rose – 8
Mason – 7.5 (Stambouli 72’ – 5)
Dembele – 8.5 (Chadli 62’ – 6.5)
Paulinho – 7.5
Lamela – 7
Eriksen – 9
Kane – 9.5 Man of the Match. (Soldado 88’ – N/A)

Mauricio Pochettino’s reaction to our 3-0 win over West Brom:

Harry Kane’s post match reaction:

Match Preview, West Brom vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Saturday 31st January 2015. 3pm GMT Kick Off.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: The Hawthorns.

TV: Not televised in the UK. Worldwide TV listings shown HERE.

After making it to Wembley in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, our attention quickly turns back to the Premier League, and a challenging fixture against a reinvigorated West Brom side under the guidance of Premier League survival specialist Tony Pulis. Our confidence is high, our form is good and we have a fully fit squad to choose from. Wembley is on the horizon and we are in good positions in the Europa League with the knockout stages close and Premier League, where we sit only 3 points off of 4th spot, and 5 points off 3rd. It hasn’t been the perfect start under Mauricio Pochettino, but you offered this situation to him at the start of his reign as Tottenham boss, I am sure he would of snapped your hand off and said thank you very much. There is no doubt that we have seen significant improvement under the Argentinian, not only in our fitness, but in the side’s mentality and will to win; there is a certain toughness that wasn’t here 6 months ago, and self belief is most definitely running through the veins of the players. What we want to see now is further improvement; more comfortable victories, a more fluid style of play and consistency in our performances over all three competitions that we are still involved in. But, at this moment in time, I don’t think I can complain at all, because as seasons go, this is shaping up to be quite a successful one!

West Brom have had a turbulent season, starting under the unpopular manager choice of Alan Irvine, who lost his job after a run of only 2 victories in 14 matches, the club turned to Tony Pulis, who was manager of the year last season with Crystal Palace, and now things look more rosy for the Albion, having now gone unbeaten under Pulis in 5 games, winning 3 and drawing 2. A January unbeaten is what the Baggies will be looking to achieve, and it will be a tough test at the Hawthorns to stop that. Last time we faced West Brom was at the Lane, and the Albion triumphed 1-0 thanks to a James Morrison header in a gloomy day in North London, and now we will look to retaliate with a victory of our own on their home turf. Last time we visited the Hawthorns, it was a six-goal thriller, with West Brom taking a three goal lead in the first half an hour, before we clawed it back in the second half to 3-3 thanks to goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and an own-goal from Jonas Olsson. It was late heroics from Christian Eriksen that acquired us the point, hopefully this time he can help us claim all three. Tony Pulis will make sure his side is well disciplined, difficult to break down and at full concentration throughout the 90 minutes, so it will be very challenging to score the goals we want to, and we will have to rely on Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Nacer Chadli to spot the small gaps, or pounce on small mistakes and make them pay, as well as keeping our guard up to what I am sure will be a team set up to counter attack with pace, with the likes of Saido Berahino and Stephane Sessegnon able to use that speed to stretch defences and cause problems.

The team news for the Baggies is that back up keeper Boaz Myhill (finger) is facing a late fitness test, while Jonas Olsson (calf) and Youssef Mulumbu (hamstring) are ruled out. The good news for the Albion is that new signing from Wigan Callum McManaman, who scored against Spurs in his last appearance against us, is available and in the squad to face us, and he could use his craftiness to West Brom’s advantage for sure. As well as McManaman, West Brom will look to young striker Saido Berahino, who has been in great form so far this season for the Baggies, bagging (pun intended) 14 goals in 27 appearances, which has earned him interest from clubs such as Liverpool, and even Tottenham, so there is no doubt who will be down as West Brom’s danger man in the Spurs dressing room. A player who I enjoy watching a lot, is Stephane Sessegnon, and he is without doubt West Brom’s most skilful and intelligent player in the final third, as he can contribute with goals and assists, but probably not as much as he could do, with only 1 goal this season, and 3 assists, which I must say is not as impressive as it should be for a player with a great footballing mind. Along with Berahino and Sessegnon, in midfield they will look to the craft of Chris Brunt, Graham Dorrans and James Morrison to move the ball around and create chances, with the Albion relying on Yacob to be the holding man in midfield, and most likely stick like a fly to honey on Christian Eriksen. There is no doubting that this West Brom side will be set up really well, and will work their socks off in defence and midfield.Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 21.13.48
The team news for Tottenham is that Nacer Chadli returns after compassionate leave, while Hugo Lloris returns after a short break and Mauricio Pochettino reports no injury concerns, while DeAndre Yedlin and Nabil Bentaleb are away on international duty for the USA and Algeria respectively. It isn’t often that we can boast a fully fit squad, and with the heavy fixture list it is important that we take full advantage, but we must make sure the side isn’t rotated too much, so that it doesn’t alter our rhythm or the team’s understanding. The return of Nacer Chadli and Hugo Lloris is vital, and I hope they can make a big impact to help us achieve victory at the Hawthorns this Saturday.

Against Sheffield United, Mousa Dembele was fantastic, on the ball he was positive, imaginative and inventive and he gave us control in the game when he got on the ball. He is such a brilliant talent, and when he turns it up, he can be as good as any player in the Premier League, which makes it so frustrating to see him as a bit part player in our side, when if he could take games by the scruff of the neck, he could quite easily cement a place in our starting eleven. I would like to see him given a chance to start in the Premier League, as another chance to be consistent in his performances and hopefully he can give us control of the game against West Brom in the centre of the park if he is given the opportunity by Mauricio Pochettino; he definitely deserves it after his midweek performance. He speaks for himself with his performances and goals, but I am going to mention him again, especially after his incredible, match winning brace in midweek – Christian Eriksen is wonderful, on the ball, from set pieces and in front of goal, and he has been crucial to any success we have had so far this season, and we will be trusting him again to deliver in another important game, after notching 10 goals already this season. Nacer Chadli is back in contention, and we have missed his effectiveness in front of goal, as well as his link up play with Eriksen & Kane, and general wing play on the left hand side. Hopefully Nacer can pick up where he left off before the tragic passing of his father, and he can continue to generate such great form, but if he isn’t quite fit enough, then I hope he can make an impact from the bench. Up front, Harry Kane is enduring a slight goal drought by his standards, and I am sure he will be eager to end that barren spell with a goal or two, but even if he doesn’t, he still produces such a fantastic work ethic, and his link up play has been superb.

Match stats & facts provided by Opta:

– West Brom’s win over Spurs earlier this season ended a run of nine Barclays Premier League games without a win over the Londoners (W0 D5 L4).

– Spurs are unbeaten in their last four Premier League trips to the Hawthorns (W2 D2).

– Christian Eriksen has scored in two of his three Premier League games against West Brom.

– Seven of Tottenham’s last eight Premier League wins have been by a 2-1 scoreline.

– Spurs’ record after 22 games this campaign is worse than each of the last five seasons.

– Tottenham have won 10 points with goals scored in the 88th minute or later this season; four more than any other side.

– Spurs have conceded more penalties than any other team in the Premier League this season (6).

– No player has scored more winning goals than Christian Eriksen this season (5- level with Yaya Toure).

– Harry Kane has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.

– Tottenham have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches (W5 D2 L1).

Our concentration levels have to be up to scratch if we want to avoid West Brom doing the double over us this season. Hopefully, we will be professional and get the job done at the Hawthorns – it is important that we get some consistency, not only in our results but in our performances, and I would like to see us try and take control of the game early on and score an early goal, and build on that to kill the game off! It will no doubt be very tough though, and we will have to be at our best to break down a well drilled Pulis side. The game isn’t televised, but I will be providing goal updates, photos, videos and more at my twitter account, follow me there, @AddictedToSpurs. Up the Spurs!! COYS!

My predicted/preferred side to face West Brom at the Hawthorns:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Dier – Vertonghen – Rose
Stambouli – Mason
Townsend – Dembele – Eriksen
Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino’s pre West Brom press conference:

Match Preview, Tottenham vs West Brom.

Match date & time: Sunday 21st September 2014. 1:30pm KO.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

TV: Not on TV in the UK. World wide TV listings HERE.

This game against West Brom has become increasingly important with every dropped point in the last 3 games in all competitions. Firstly, a bad 3-0 loss to Liverpool, then a frustrating 2-2 draw at Sunderland, then an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League. Those results have been truly difficult to take as we know we are capable of better, that the players are capable of more. But, it’s not clicked in those three games and now it’s time to get back on track with a win at the Lane over West Brom, time to show some real attacking flair and excite the crowd, just like against QPR earlier in the season. It’s important we end this short streak of not winning in its tracks before it can take a toll on the squad and the fans.

Focusing on West Brom, they are without a win in the Premier League so far currently with only 2 points to their name from 4 games. Their latest result was a 2-0 home defeat to Everton, and new boss Alan Irvine is having a torrid start to life as a Premier League manager. Even in the Capital One Cup, West Brom needed penalties to get past League 2 side Oxford United in the 2nd round. The Baggies are yet to find winning formula, so let’s hope they don’t find the correct calculation this Sunday and continue with their dwindling form. West Brom will need to find wins soon if they’re to kick start their season, but hopefully on Sunday Tottenham will be too tough a task for the Midlands outfit.

The team news for the Albion is that Stephane Sessegnon (eye), Joleon Lescott (knee), Yousouff Mulumbu (hamstring) and Vitor Anichebe (groin) are all doubts for the game, but, it is expected that they will return in some capacity, whether that’s the bench or the starting eleven, that is yet to be seen. But, some important players for West Brom are listed there and it wouldn’t be a bad thing for Tottenham if some of them didn’t make it in time for this match.

The important players for West Brom include strikers Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye, who are both very much capable of grabbing a goal. Saido Berahino has scored 2 goals this season, both in 1 game against Sunderland on the first day of the season, those are Albion’s only goals this season’s Brown Ideye is West Brom’s record signing and he has so far shown the strength to play in the Premier League, so we’ll need to keep a close IdEYE on him (excuse the pun), despite him not being able to score so far this season. A player to look out for this Sunday hasn’t made his debut as of yet, Silvestre Varela on loan from Porto is a very decent player and if he is to make his debut could be a real threat in attack. Defensively, Albion rely on Jonas Olsson in defence to give them stability, and I’m sure he will latch on to Emmanuel Adebayor (should he start) and make it difficult for him to get space, especially in and around the box. He will match Adebayor for height and that is an advantage to stopping Adebayor.

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The team news for Tottenham is that Andros Townsend (dead leg) is a doubt for the game, while Kyle Walker (abdominal) remains out of the game. The players rested for the Partizan Belgrade game, Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele, now return to the squad, which is obviously a big boost to our hopes after Pochettino made 10 changes to the team that faced Sunderland on Thursday. It’s important that we don’t let our midweek game affect our performance this Sunday and play with energy, intensity & flair.

Nacer Chadli has scored 3 goals in 3 games so far this season and has been incredibly impressive. So far showing why we signed him; for his goal scoring ability from the wing. Last season, he didn’t show that and only got 1 goal in the Premier League, but he’s started this season flying and cemented his name on the team sheet so far. For Twente, he got 18 goals in his last season and I think it’s possible for him to get 10+ this season, which would be important goals for us, like having another striker. Christian Eriksen showed against Sunderland that he is getting back to somewhere near last season’s form, and I hope now he can push on further and improve on last season after a disappointing start to the season, lacking maybe a little bit of sharpness. Emmanuel Adebayor hasn’t been on top form this season, but he’s an extremely important player for our season so we need him to find his mojo and score some goals before his lack of goals gets to him; he needs to get back to last season’s form, otherwise Roberto Soldado & Harry Kane will be breathing down his neck for that starting berth. Goals win games & we need Adebayor to bring his A game. Defensively, Jan Vertonghen was very good alongside Federico Fazio on Thursday night, and after missing the Sunderland game it’s important for Jan to get back into the team. Whether that’s in a defensive partnership with captain Younes Kaboul, or with new signing Federico Fazio, who was also good against Partizan.

Match stats & facts provided by Opta

– Christian Eriksen scored in both Barclays Premier League games against West Brom last season.

– West Brom are without a win in nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Spurs (D5 L4).

– Tottenham have conceded almost as many handballs (6) as they have scored goals (7) in the Premier League this season.

– Tottenham have given away two of the five penalties awarded in the Premier League this season.

– Craig Gardner has been booked in four of his last five Premier League appearances, including in each of his last three.

– Saido Berahino remains the only West Brom player to score in the Premier League this season (2).

– Last season, Tottenham played a Premier League record 22 games on a Sunday.

– WBA have made four errors leading to goal this season, equalling their total from last season.

– The Baggies have won none of their last 13 Premier League games on a Sunday (D6 L7), last tasting victory when Roy Hodgson guided them to a win against Liverpool in April 2012.

– Etienne Capoue has made the most successful passes in the Premier League this season (342).

Very important game! The need to get back to winning ways is massive after a few disappointing result, and this is a very good opportunity to do just that. Although the game isn’t shown live on TV in the UK, I’ll be sure to provide a stream for you all on Twitter, along with match updates, goal updates, photos, videos and more. Follow me here: @AddictedToSpurs.

My predicted team to face West Brom at White Hart Lane:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Dier – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Rose
Capoue – Dembele
Lamela – Eriksen – Chadli
Adebayor.

Match Preview, West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Saturday 12th April 2014. Kick off at 3:07pm.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: The Hawthorns.

TV: Not on live TV in UK.

Just 5 games to go until the end of the season, and the aim is clear, to win all five games and see where it takes us. The Champions League places are not out of reach completely, and so we have to play with the intention of getting into the top four, but, it’s a difficult task if there ever was one. We have to rely on others to drop points, at least 6 for both Everton and Arsenal, but even then we have to win all of our games. Not impossible, but incredibly difficult to believe we can do it. The five games we have to go are winnable, for sure, so going into every game one at a time, we start with West Brom.

In our last game, we beat Sunderland at the Lane 5-1, playing fast flowing, attacking and effective football. Something that has been scarce this season, but we got a comfortable win and now we have to try and springboard off of it with another good performance at the Hawthorns. Last time we got into the ring with the baggies, we drew 1-1 on Boxing Day, Christian Eriksen got a stunning goal but the performance in general wasn’t good enough and we were left feeling like 2 points were dropped instead of 1 gained, but a lot has changed and we’ve seen better from the team since then. Our form against West Brom in general is good, they haven’t beaten us in 3 seasons and only beaten us once since promotion, so we are 7 games unbeaten and let’s hope that record continues to grow after this game. When we last visited the Hawthorns, last season Gareth Bale popped up again with a stunning game to give us a 1-0 win, now we’re looking for an Eriksen or an Adebayor to pop up and do the same to give us a massive three points.

West Brom are fighting relegation with both hands and both feet, scraping away for points in desperation. They sit in 16th, with 32 points from 32 games, only 5 points off the relegation places. Their season has been difficult and they’ve seen a managerial change, just like Spurs, with the popular Steve Clark, who led West Brom to a top half finish in the 2012/13 season, sacked because of poor results with a weakened West Brom team with Romelu Lukaku returning to Chelsea after a loan spell and then loaned to Everton. Pepe Mel has taken charge but has only managed 2 wins from 12 games, and because of that, they’re in trouble.

The team news for West Brom is good, for them, both James Morrison and Claudio Yacob are returning to the frame after injury, but Zoltan Gera is ruled out with a hamstring injury, but other than that, they have a fully fit squad. A player I believe to be a danger man for West Brom is Morgan Amalfitano; he has scored some incredible goals in his first season in the Premier League, and has been a key figure for both Steve Clark and Pepe Mel, he has 2 goals in his last 2 games, and seems to be a player for the big occasion, scoring at Old Trafford too early on in the season. Another player who I like, is Stephane Sessegnon, he is quick and has a low centre of gravity so he glides past players with great technique. He lacks a cutting edge but he is a definite threat on his day and one we need to be wary of. In midfield, Claudio Yacob gives the Baggies stability, but we should have enough in our midfield to over power them.

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The team news for Spurs hasn’t really changed at all from Monday. Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Roberto Soldado (hamstring), Erik Lamela (back), Mousa Dembele (hip), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Kyle Walker (groin) are all ruled out of the trip to West Brom, with Sandro (calf) a doubt after a calf injury in training, but Vlad Chiriches, Michael Dawson and Emmanuel Adebayor are fit and ready for the challenge after returning recently from injuries.

After his Sunderland performance, Harry Kane has already been confirmed by Tim Sherwood as starting against West Brom. Harry was excellent, and he’s hungry to play more and score more goals which is exactly what we need. He worked his socks off and his partnership with Emmanuel Adebayor was very fruitful for us. We’ll see it again at the Hawthorns and hopefully we see the same results we did against Sunderland. Goals. The provider of the goals and contributor to them is Christian Eriksen; he’s had a marvellous first season and he gets better every game, and now we’re looking at him as the superstar he is. I think it’s a safe bet to say Eriksen will score or assist once again against West Brom. In the centre of midfield, we saw Nacer Chadli partner Paulinho at the Lane, but away from home I don’t think that partnership is strong enough or defensive enough, so I am calling for Nabil Bentaleb to be reinstated into the team instead of Chadli, as to see a natural partnership. On the right hand side, I believe Andros Townsend deserves more game time, with Aaron Lennon having a dip in form. Andros is hungry for success and desperate to go to Brazil with England, so I think he could be a big player for us in the remaining games.

Match stats provided by Opta.

– West Brom have drawn five of their six Barclays Premier League home games under Pepe Mel, losing the other. Four of these games have ended 1-1.

– Spurs are unbeaten in eight Barclays Premier League meetings with the Baggies (W4 D4), scoring exactly once in six of these games.

– WBA have had both teams scoring in their last seven home matches against top-six teams

– Tottenham (25 from 14 games) have won more points than north London rivals Arsenal (22 from 14 games) in the Premier League in 2014.

– Since Tim Sherwood first took charge of Spurs in the Premier League, the only player to have scored more goals in the competition than Emmanuel Adebayor (10) is Daniel Sturridge (11).

– WBA have had loss/loss results in their last four home defeats.

– 10 of Adebayor’s 15 Premier League goals for Spurs since the start of 2012-13 have come away from home, including seven of the 10 this season.

– 11 of West Bromwich Albion’s goals have been netted by substitutes this season; more than any other side – this includes five of their last 10 goals in the Premier League.

– Spurs have been level at half-time in their last seven away matches against bottom-six teams.

– Victor Anichebe has had more impact than any other substitute in the Premier League this season, scoring or assisting five goals as a replacement (three goals, two assists).

– Tottenham currently have a goal difference of 0. Just four sides in Premier League history have finished the season with exactly the same number of goals scored as they have conceded.

– WBA have had 1-1 scorelines in their last four home draws against top-six teams.

– This will be just the seventh time that Tottenham have played a Premier
League game on a Saturday this season – every other team have already played at least 12 PL games on a Saturday in 2013-14.

– Christian Eriksen has scored three goals and assisted three more in his last three Premier League appearances for Tottenham.

The last five is here and we have to win them all! It’s a massive game as always. The game is not live on TV, but I’ll be sure to provide a stream on my twitter account @AddictedToSpurs, as well as match updates, photos and videos. See you there! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred team to face West Brom at the Hawthorns:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Naughton – Kaboul – Chiriches – Rose
Paulinho – Bentaleb
Townsend – Kane – Eriksen
Adebayor.

Tim Sherwood’s pre West Brom press conference:

Match Preview, Tottenham vs West Brom.

Match: Thursday, 26th December 2013 (Boxing Day). Kick off 3:00pm.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

Competition: Premier League.

First of all, I hope you’ve all had brilliant Christmases and a good rest before the heart pumping adrenaline rush that comes with watching a Spurs match! Boxing Day games are always special, I’m sure the players don’t love them entirely, but as fans it’s great to have something to look forward to after the disappointment that Christmas has passed so soon, or if you’re Jewish, it’s just something to look forward to full stop. ;). A big game in prospect! Tim Sherwood’s first Premier League game in charge after the confirmation of his full time appointment as Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach, I’m very happy for Tim and after what we saw at Southampton, we’re going to see the ‘Tottenham way’ of fast, attacking football return to the Lane which I’m sure every Spurs fan is excited about. We have two massive home games against West Brom and Stoke coming up, which we must get all six points from, not only so the confidence in Tim’s appointment will rise and his confidence, but so we can get right in the mix again for the coveted Champions League places. Our form at the Lane has been poor this season and if we can improve it, we could really put in a challenge for the Champions League spots, as our away form has been exemplarily. With the Spurs faithful hopefully right behind the new manager and the team, we can get three points and complete our Christmases with a bit of Spurs satisfaction, or if you’ve not had the greatest of festive periods, hopefully the mighty Spurs can brighten your spirits!

West Brom haven’t had a great start to the season, and it has cost Steve Clarke his job at the Hawthorns, they now stand without a permanent manager heading into the game, with Caretaker boss Keith Downing attempting to steady the ship. West Brom sit in 16th in the Premier League table, just three points off the drop zone, with 7 games without a win and just 1 win in their last 11 fixtures. Last time out they got a decent result against Hull City, drawing 1-1 with Vydra getting a late and crucial equaliser. Their team news is that only Victor Anichebe is a doubt with a groin problem, the rest of West Brom’s squad are fit for the clash, with goalkeeper Ben Foster returning after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The players to watch out for are striker Shane Long, who is quick and nippy and will put a lot of pressure on our defenders, when he gets a chance on goal he is a great finisher and can punish defensive mistakes. Also, Stephane Sessegnon in midfield is a great player, who brings creativity and skill to West Brom, feeding Shane Long well.

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Our team news for the game against West Brom is that Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Younes Kaboul (quad), Andros Townsend (hamstring) and Paulinho (suspended) are out, while Mousa Dembele (ankle), Aaron Lennon (stomach) and Sandro (knee) are doubts. One man has got everybody talking with his performance against Southampton, Emmanuel Adebayor was nothing short of sensational at St Mary’s, putting in a match winning display which got Spurs fans purring for more. Now Ade has the chance to show his moves off at White Hart Lane all our fans in what could be called an easier game. We need Adebayor to perform and put in a shift, it’s a new beginning for him and he needs to continue his form, it can’t fade away so soon, we need more than just one and a half games, we need a season! Ade’s partnership with Soldado really flourished against Southampton, so there is no reason to change a winning system, especially at the Lane where we can attack more than we can away from home, it’s going to be really interesting to see them partner up again, if that is what Sherwood opts for of course. With Mousa Dembele not expected to be fully fit, I’d expect Etienne Capoue or youngster Nabil Bentaleb to take his place in midfield, possibly alongside Christian Eriksen who performed really well in a deeper role at St Mary’s, I’d opt for Etienne Capoue to give us some steel in the centre of the park, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Nabil Bentaleb handed his first Premier League start. It will also be interesting to see which wingers Sherwood goes for, with Lennon and Townsend out, and Chadli impressing, I would like to see Lamela handed his first Premier League start at White Hart Lane, and Nacer Chadli replacing Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Match facts provided by FourFourTwo

– Jermain Defoe has scored in three of his last five Barclays Premier League appearances against West Brom.

– The Baggies have won only one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League away games (D4 L5).

– Spurs have been level at half-time in their last six home matches against bottom-six teams

– Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against West Brom (W4 D3).

– Tottenham are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games played on December 26 (W6 D2).

– Spurs have had Over 2.5 goals in their last six matches.

– The last time Tottenham lost on December 26 was in 2003 when David Pleat was temporary boss after the sacking of Glenn Hoddle.

– This will be WBA’s eighth Premier League game on December 26 and will see a seventh different manager take charge of the Baggies.

– WBA have had loss/loss results in their last 10 away defeats against top-half teams.

– Jermain Defoe has scored six goals in 10 games on December 26; only four players in Premier League history have scored more on this date (Fowler, Keane, Henry & Shearer)

– Emmanuel Adebayor has now scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances and three in two games under interim manager Tim Sherwood.

– Spurs have conceded first in their last four matches.

– Matej Vydra has scored with his only shot in the Premier League. The Czech striker netted with 35% of his shots (22/63) in the
Championship with Watford in 2012-13 – well above the league average of 14.5%.

– No Spurs player has as many goals (4) or assists (3) as Roberto Soldado in the Premier League this season.

My predicted team to face West Brom at the Lane:
4-4-2
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Rose
Lamela – Eriksen – Capoue – Chadli
Adebayor – Soldado

Match Review, West Brom vs Tottenham

West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

Great win, good performance and breathing space in fourth position. All round a very good weekend for us. After Chelsea and Everton dropped points, today was a must win, and we delivered a sturdy win. There was no panic about our recent draws, we looked comfortable and confident that a goal and three points would come. The first half was quite dull, with each side getting a reasonable amount of chances, but none were clear cut. Early in the second half, West Brom were let down by a despicable act from their left back Popov, he spat disgustingly at Walker for almost no reason, and this led to Romelu Lukaku’s substitution, one of their most influential players. We capitalised well, and dominated the rest of the game leading to a comfortable victory.

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Gareth Bale was phenomenal, his goal was magnificent, the technique and sheer power involved made it so good. He threatened all day, after being played in a free role behind the striker, he looked dangerous, certainly a role he can play in, he showed that today. World class. Jermain Defoe got an injury during the first half that is very worrying, his ankle twisted and he had to be replaced on 40 minutes. Lewis Holtby was Defoe’s replacement, and he was class, didn’t make a mistake all game, and when he was on the ball we were always moving forward, trying to cut West Brom open, very exciting to have him, he’s our creative spark like Modric was last year. Dembele looked like he was getting back to form, his defensive work was brilliant, and when he had the ball at his feet he looked threatening, very good performance from him. The race for top four is in our hands, we have the chance to take the oppurtunity, and we only have ourselves to blame if we lose this position. Our next game is against Newcastle at the Lane, the game is televised. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced West Brom at the Hawthornes:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 8
Dawson – 7
Vertonghen – 7
Assou-Ekotto – 7
Lennon – 8
Parker – 8
Dembele – 8 1/2
Dempsey – 7
Bale – 9 1/2
Defoe – N/A

Subs:
Holtby – 9
Gallas – 7
Sigurdsson – 7

Match Preview, West Brom vs Tottenham

This is a must win game for us after a disappointing draw at Norwich, we must win these games to be called a top four team. We didn’t sign a striker, which is very hard to take for us, but we move on and use the squad that has done very well in the first part of the season. West Brom are a very good side, who had a blistering start to the season, so the game is going to be extremely difficult to control, a good start is key to a win in this game. West Brom will not stop working, they will pressure us and try to frustrate us. We must be completely ready for that.

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Jermain Defoe has to start scoring again, he started this season scoring goal after goal, but he has had a blip in his season, and that needs to change, a goal today and he could be back to his old ways, it’s as simple as that. Gareth Bale had a fantastic second half at Carrow Road, his goal was phenomenal, this confidence could mean that he also starts to be our shining light, even though he has been good this season, there is definitely more to come from our wonder boy. Lewis Holtby could get his first start at the Hawthorns, and if he does start, I bet that Defoe will score, the passes and flicks from Lewis are outstanding, and this will bring us goals. I hope he starts. This is going to be difficult, but lets get three points and start our charge to the finish line. The game is live on Sky Sports, coverage starts at 1pm. COYS!!

My preferred line up to face West Brom at the Hawthorns:
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Assou-Ekotto
Lennon – Parker – Dembele – Bale
Holtby
Defoe