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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Bromwich Albion, 25.11.17

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Full Record of Spurs -v- West Bromwich Albion


Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         11   5   5   1   17 - 9  20
Away         11   4   5   2   17 -13  17
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Total(Prem)  22   9  10   3   34 -22  37
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  45  22  11  12   79 -46  55
Away(Div 1)  45  12   7  26   54 -94  31
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Total(Div 1) 90  34  18  38  133 -140 86
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   8   3   3   2   12 -10   9
Away(Div 2)   8   1   1   6   14 -20   3
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Total(Div 2) 16   4   4   8   26 -30  12
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Total(Prem)  22   9  10   3   34 -22  37
Total(Div 1) 90  34  18  38  133 -140 86
Total(Div 2) 16   4   4   8   26 -30  12
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Grand Total 128  47  32  49  193 -192 135
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWWLWL

Hds'field  0-4    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    B'mouth
Spurs      4-1    Liverpool
Man Utd    1-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    C. Palace
Arsenal    2-0    Spurs

West Brom  -    DDLLLL

West Brom  2-2    Watford
Leicester  1-1    West Brom
S'hampton  1-0    West Brom
West Brom  2-3    Man City
Hds'field  1-0    West Brom
West Brom  0-4    Chelsea

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs     12  7  2  3  20-9   11   23
17. West Brom 12  2  4  6   9-18  -9   10

Reasons to be cautious - one, two, three

After their most recent victory in what has been a marvellous Champions League campaign, Spurs have to get back to consistently winning domestic games after a three game spell of Premier League matches which has included two defeats - both against fellow top six teams. These defeats have been a severe blow to any title challenge with Manchester City now 11 points above us, but with Chelsea playing Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow evening, a win would enable Spurs to gain precious points above one or both of these two top four contenders.

On the face of it, bearing in mind West Brom's recent dismal form and the gulf between the two sides in the current table (Spurs are fourth from top, West Brom fourth from bottom), the bookies will have Spurs as clear favourites. You might fancy a bet on the various markets on offer for this and other games, and indeed sports, in which case this Ladbrokes promo code will be a benefit to you. For example, perhaps you fancy the prospect of a Harry Kane hat-trick. Harry scored his first hat-trick of the year in last season's home game against "The Baggies", and went on to score another five triples in club games (so far) this year. Spurs won that last game against West Brom 4-0.

There are three reasons for Spurs to be cautious tomorrow. First of all, once again we are faced with "new manager syndrome", although Gary Megson is caretaker boss for the visitors at the moment, after Tony Pulis became the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job last week, after a 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea. It wasn't that defeat that caused Pulis to lose his job, but poor form this season and over the last 21 Premier League games which have featured only two wins, and somewhat attritional football which is keeping the home fans away from The Hawthorns. I noticed that even for top class opposition such as Man City and Chelsea there were many pockets of empty seats in the stadium.

West Bromwich Albion have had a new owner since last year - Chinese entrepeneur Guochan Lai - and of course the club's financial prospects are important with Premier League membership key to that aim. Former owner and chairman Jeremy Peace, who was no friend of Spurs when we were chasing Saido Berahino (now at Stoke), was also apparently no great friend of Megson when he was previously manager of West Brom between 2000 and 2004. Megson took "The Baggies" into the Premier League for the first time and after relegation, took them back into the top flight. He fell out with the club board though, which included Peace, and left before 2004 was out. Whether the new club executive gives Megson a chance of the full time job, and whether he is in fact qualified for the role will be seen in the days and weeks to come.

Reason two for Spurs to be cautious is the fact that after Newcastle (6) and Liverpool (5), West Brom have taken more away points from Pochettino's Spurs than any other side. In April 2016, 19 months ago to the day before this game, it was West Brom who ended our title hopes when chasing Leicester, with a 1-1 draw. Craig Dawson scored at both ends. We only drew at home the previous season, and in the early stages of Pochettino's "project" we lost 1-0 at home in September 2014. That was West Brom's first win at The Lane in 30 years.

Nacer Chadli was in that Spurs team in 2014, and now he is on the books at The Hawthorns. Chadli had a dream start for his new club early last season, but he hasn't been getting much game time this term, although I believe he has had his injury problems. In fact Chadli is currently out with a hamstring injury and not available until Christmas. West Brom will also be missing Dawson (knee) and James Morrison (achilles).

A third obstacle could be the aggressive James McClean, who only played a few minutes last week, perhaps still feeling physically and mentally sore after his country went out of the World Cup, defeated in their play-off by Denmark, for whom Christian Eriksen starred with that hat-trick in Dublin. Eriksen might do well to steer clear of the Irishman tomorrow!

Spurs of course will take confidence from their midweek win in Germany, but they have struggled at times this season even after a big Champions League win. After their home win against Dortmund in September, they could only manage a draw at Wembley against Swansea. Then, early this month after that marvellous 3-1 win over European Champions Real Madrid, there was a tight win against struggling Crystal Palace. Spurs fans will want to see something like the January 4-0 win, which was the first time we put four past "The Baggies" in the Premier League, and our biggest win over them since a 5-0 in March 1986 (Mabbutt, Falco(2), Galvin, Waddle).

Mauricio Pochettino will probably rotate his full backs again, and we know about the continuing absences of Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama. There was an intriguing comment by "Poch" about Erik Lamela, who hasn't played now for over a year. Pochettino has said about Lamela “We are waiting because now it is on him to get the right feeling to say: ‘I am here to be available if you want, gaffer,” the manager said. “That is now all that we are waiting for. He is training, doing well and now, after one year, it is about how he is feeling....."

With another Premier League game to come on Tuesday, at Leicester, we may yet see Erik back in action - perhaps tomorrow. I do naturally expect Spurs to win although perhaps not by a bigger margin than 2-0.

Tomorrow's match referee is Mike Jones, who we are seeing in the middle for the first time this season. By one of those strange coincidences, Mr Jones' last game with Spurs was that 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on 25th April, 2016. he wasn't scheduled to gtake charge, but stepped in at late notice to replace Bob Madley.

· "It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 24th November, 1997 a Spurs team looked after by Chris Hughton lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace.

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