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Full Record of Spurs -v- West Bromwich Albion

Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          7   4   3   0   11 - 6  15
Away          6   2   2   2    8 - 8   8
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Total(Prem)  13   6   5   2   19 -14  23
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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)  13   6   5   2   19 -14  23
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 119  44  27  48  178 -184 120
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Last Six Premier League results:-

West Brom

QPR        1-2   West Brom
Man Utd    2-0   West Brom
West Brom  1-2   Fulham
Reading    3-2   West Brom
West Brom  2-2   A. Villa
Everton    2-1   West Brom

Spurs

A. Villa   0-4   Spurs
Sunderland 1-2   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Reading
QPR        0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Man Utd
Norwich    1-1   Spurs

Pos            P  W   D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
4. Spurs      24  12  6  6  41-29  12   42
9. West Brom  24  10  4 10  34-34   0   34 

Let's hope Clarke's face stays glum!

It's no wonder that "Baggies"' coach Steve Clarke wears such a glum face recently. His team haven't won a league game since Boxing Day at QPR, and their last home win was the preceding game against Norwich, who Spurs played on Wednesday night. Add to that West Brom's third round FA Cup exit at the hands of struggling QPR, and this week's embarrassing Odemwingie saga, and it's easy to see that Clarke needs something to put a smile on his face. Let's hope that Spurs do not offer such an opportunity tomorrow.

The Odemwingie story on transfer deadline day was unprecedented. The Nigerian striker somehow lost his senses and drove himself to Loftus Road where he was intent on securing a deal to Harry Redknapp's club, who have been splashing the cash this week in their efforts to secure Premier League survival. Apparently there had been some discussion between the two clubs, but West Brom categorically did not give Odemwingie permission to talk to QPR, and he has been put on "gardening leave". Odemqingie will not be seen at The Hawthorns tomorrow, and if he does play for the club again, his reception will surely not be good from the West Brom fans. I wonder how many times Odemwingie had previously kissed the badge?

In the last two seasons, Odemwingie has got into double figures for West Brom, but he has not been first choice this season, scoring just five goals in his 19 appearances (including substitutions). The more powerful Belgian Romelu Lukaku (on loan from Chelsea) has been a potent force for West Brom and has scored 9 league goals in 10 starts. Shane Long also features prominently for "The Baggies", and has six league goals to his name this season.

Lukaku had a stunning game at Reading recently, scoring both West Brom's goals, and going close on several other occasions, when Reading somehow came back from the dead, scoring three late goals to gain a surprising 3-2 win. Lukaku was a substitute for Long after 62 minutes of our home game, played on 25th August, when we drew 1-1. He gave Gallas and Vertonghen a difficult time too. (Spurs 1 West Brom 1 - 25.08.12). West Brom looked a useful side and gained a creditable point in front of disappointed Spurs fans in our first home game of the season.

West Brom had good early season form, with 8 wins in their first 13 league games, rising as high as third place and looking genuine Champions League prospects. They've managed only two wins in their last 10 games, so their position and prospects have dropped accordingly. West Brom have had a quiet transfer window, with no new signings made.

Spurs' record against a side that has usually struggled when it has been in the Premier League has not been so good. We've won two, drawn two and lost two in our 6 league visits to date. Last season we were grateful for two Adebayor goals in a 3-1 win (West Brom 1 Spurs 3 - 26.11.11). That result put us in third place and gave us our best league start since the famous (and now distant) double season of 1960-61. Adebayor was up amongst the top six league scorers after just 12 games, and Spurs were well placed not just for a Champions League place, but even a tilt at the league title, although Man City were already 7 points ahead of us. We did have a game in hand.

That's the past though, and all we are currently interested in is our chances of holding onto fourth place (or better) in this season's Champions League quest. With Adebayor still absent, and Spurs' failure to secure an additional striker, perhaps we should have hoped for a hopeful striker to come knocking on our door looking for a deal!

After his impressive cameo on Wednesday, Lewis Holtby will surely start for Spurs tomorrow, and whatever our weaknesses up front, his guile, plus the potential speed and delivery from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon ought to give us the edge in this game. I think it will be tight though, and I am predicting a 1-0 win for Spurs.

Tomorrow's referee is Mark Clattenburg, who was in charge of our 4-0 win at Villa Park on Boxing Day!

This week 10 years ago, Spurs gained a creditable point at Chelsea

What happened in the Premier League 10 years ago this week? (West Brom, battling relegation, beat Man City away)

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