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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Brom v Spurs, 05.05.18

Last season's game - West Brom 1 Spurs 1, 15.10.16
This season's home game - Spurs 1 West Brom 1, 25.11.17
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What happened in the Premier League on Matchday 37 2016-17

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Full Record of Spurs -v- West Bromwich Albion

Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         12   5   6   1   18 -10  21
Away         11   4   5   2   17 -13  17
Total(Prem)  23   9  11   3   35 -23  38
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  45  22  11  12   79 -46  55
Away(Div 1)  45  12   7  26   54 -94  31
Total(Div 1) 90  34  18  38  133 -140 86
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   8   3   3   2   12 -10   9
Away(Div 2)   8   1   1   6   14 -20   3
Total(Div 2) 16   4   4   8   26 -30  12
Total(Prem)  23   9  11   3   35 -23  38
Total(Div 1) 90  34  18  38  133 -140 86
Total(Div 2) 16   4   4   8   26 -30  12
Grand Total 129  47  33  49  194 -193 136

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Brom  -    LLDWDW

B'mouth    2-1    West Brom
West Brom  1-2    Burnley
West Brom  1-1    Swansea
Man Utd    0-1    West Brom
West Brom  2-2    Liverpool
Newcastle  0-1    West Brom

Spurs      -    WWWLDW
B'mouth    1-4    Spurs
Chelsea    1-3    Spurs
Stoke      1-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-3    Man City
Brighton   1-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Watford

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs     35 21  8  6  68-31  37   71
20. West Brom 36  5 13 18  30-54 -24   28

Moore must give Baggies optimism

Here's an unnerving fact for you to consider before we make what might be our last trip to The Hawthorns for a while. West Brom's only two Premier League victories at home against Spurs have come in seasons when they were relegated!

Both those wins occurred at Christmas time too and both were on December 28th. In 2005 we were also in fourth place when former Arsenal man Nwankwo Kanu scored twice to send us away with our tails between our legs. It was 2-0 again three years later and this time we were at the wrong end of the table when Bednar and Craig Beattie scored late goals to condemn us to defeat. My recollection is that these were both cold days in more than one sense of the word at what is the highest ground (above sea level) in the Football League.

Perhaps a happier memory for Spurs at a time when "The Baggies" were also relegated was in April 2003, when a man they loved to hate - Robbie Keane - scored two goals in a 3-2 away win for Spurs.

Going into tomorrow's game West Bromwich Albion (one of the founding clubs of The Football League in 1888) do still have a mathematical chance of staying up. However, their survival does depend upon winning both their remaining games (their last game is at Crystal Palace) along with failures by Swansea, Southampton and Stoke to reach 35 points. In 2004-05, Bryan Robson's West Brom side stayed up with the lowest ever total (34 points) for a team to survive in the Premier League. That is too big a challenge this time around.

When we played West Brom at Wembley this season they were under the caretaker control of Gary Megson, after the dismissal of Tony Pulis, and before the disastrous appointment of Alan Pardew. Rondon gave the visitors an early lead and it took until the 74th minute for Harry Kane to equalise. This fixture is actually the second most drawn of all those in the Premier League, so you will not be surprised to learn that four of our last five games against this team have ended 1-1.

Much as the West Brom fans disliked Pulis's style of football more and more, I can't help thinking their chances of survival would have been higher with Pulis in charge. In four games as caretaker since Pardew was sacked, Darren Moore has galvanised his players who have won as many points (8) from those four games as did Pardew in 18 attempts. Pardew managed only one league win, but did get the shock FA Cup win at Anfield in January.

Darren Moore, who played for West Brom between 2001 and 2006, returned to The Hawthorns club after his playing career ended, and has been a Youth coach with the club. He has surely earned the chance to bring West Brom back from The Championship, assuming the miracle of survival does not take place.

It is nearly 19 months since we last visited The Hawthorns. On that occasion (yes, it was a 1-1 draw!) former Spur Nacer Chadli scored for the home side, before Dele Alli scored a late equaliser. I remember commenting about the "Ex-Factor" and another former Spur Jake Livermore played a part in Rondon's goal at Wembley this season. Chadli has only appeared in four games for his club this season and is described as a major doubt for tomorrow's game through general fitness issues. West Brom have also been without 37 year old Gareth Barry since February and he misses the rest of the season with a knee injury. Midfielder James Morrison has been another long term absentee with an achilles injury.

As for Spurs, the official team news will probably indicate the continuing rehabilitation of Harry Winks, so Mauricio Pochettino should have plenty of choice for his selection. With a midweek home game to come against Newcastle there is likely to be some rotation, but perhaps that will be more evident for the game on Wednesday.

How will this game go? Well, West Brom simply have to win, but no doubt they will play with caution. They defended staunchly at Old Trafford and Jay Rodriguez got a 73rd minute winner. Last week at Newcastle West Brom scored in the first half and defended their lead successfully, with Ben Foster making a sensational save from Dwight Gayle's header. An early goal for Spurs would surely destroy "The Baggies"' morale, and force them to play more open football. I'm boldly predicting a 3-0 win and third place for Spurs, with Liverpool playing Chelsea on Sunday!

Tomorrow's match referee Mike Jones was supposed to have been in charge of our home game against Huddersfield in March. However, fourth official Kevin Friend had to step up due to Mr. Jones getting injured in the warm-up. Mr Jones returned to action last month, but his last Premier League game was in February. The only time we have seen him in charge this season was for our home game against West Brom in November. This means that Mr. Jones' last three games in charge of Spurs have been against West Brom and they have all been 1-1 draws. It is time to break the mould, I think! (Our 4-0 home win over West Brom in January last year was refereed by Anthony Taylor)

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - Spurs had a very special 6-2 win on 2nd May, 1998!

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