Ninth-place host second as West Bromwich Albion welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Hawthorns, on Saturday at 3pm. The last two meetings between the sides both ended 1-1, with Spurs last winning at the Hawthorns in January 2015 by a three goal margin. West Bromwich Albion’s last success in this fixture came at White Hart Lane in September 2014, but have not beaten Spurs at the Hawthorns since Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie notched in a 2-0 win for the West Midlanders. It’s a Saturday 3pm kick off for the Baggies and Spurs, as the Londoners will want revenge for the last time out, when a Craig Dawson goal all but gift wrapped the title for Leicester City.
Spurs come into this fixture in white hot form, as they remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League. A Champions League defeat to Monaco is the only blot on Mauricio Pochettino’s copybook so far this season. Winning 2-0 against Manchester City last time out, many starting putting the words “title contenders” and “Spurs” in the same sentence. Pochettino has been quick to nip this in the bud, stating it’s “too early” to talk about title contenders. He may well be right, but Spurs at the moment find themselves in a great position.
West Brom, despite only winning two games so far in the league, find themselves comfortably in 9th position, and boast one of the meanest defences in the league (hardly a surprise given they’re a Tony Pulis side) – only Tottenham, Everton and Southampton have conceded less Premier League than the Baggies. A good win against West Ham has been sandwiched between a loss to Bournemouth and draws against Stoke and Sunderland, leaving one not completely sure what to make of West Brom so far this season. However, 9th position is very commendable, and diehard Baggies fans will now be eyeing a top 10 finish, especially with sides such as West Ham struggling.
Predicted line ups
Nacer Chadli will likely face his former employers, as the now West Brom player has been in scintillating form so far this season – bagging three goals and two assists in his opening four games, after moving to the Midlands for a reported £13 million. Sam Field may come into the starting XI if Fletcher misses out.
Spurs will likely stick to roughly the same XI that beat Pep’s side, just under two weeks ago.
Injuries and suspensions
Darren Fletcher is giving the Baggies a slight injury scare as he picked up a thigh injury for Scotland on international duty. However, the Albion skipper did play over an hour for the Scots in midweek, so it remains to be seen if this game comes too soon for him. Chris Brunt remains sidelined.
Harry Kane is the obvious loss for Spurs but this is nothing new, and they proved they are not a one man team as they tore apart Manchester City in 45 minutes at the Lane, with Son particularly impressing.
With the form the North London side are currently in, and considering historic meetings between the two sides, it is very hard to argue for an Albion win. A Spurs victory is seemingly most likely, but a draw is possible, and may well represent two points dropped for Poch’s boys and a point gained for Pulis and co.
Our prediction: 1-2 Spurs.
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