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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Brom v Spurs, 15.10.16

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Full Record of Spurs -v- West Bromwich Albion

Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         10   4   5   1   13 - 9  17
Away         10   4   4   2   16 -12  16
Total(Prem)  20   8   9   3   29 -21  33
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)  20   8   9   3   29 -21  33
Total(Div 1) 90  34  18  38  133 -140 86
Total(Div 2) 16   4   4   8   26 -30  12
Grand Total 126  46  31  49  188 -191 131

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Brom     -    LDLWDD

West Brom  1-2   Everton
West Brom  0-0   M'brough
B'mouth    1-0   West Brom
West Brom  4-2   West Ham
Stoke      1-1   West Brom
S'derland  1-1   West Brom 

Spurs      -    WDWWWW

Spurs      1-0   C. Palace
Spurs      1-1   Liverpool
Stoke      0-4   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   S'derland
M'brough   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Man City

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Spurs      7  5  2  0  12-3    9   17
9. West Brom  7  2  3  2   8-7    1    9

Pochettino has "issues"

The second International break of the season (there is another one next month!) is over, and Spurs can renew their early form and unbeaten record with their 64th League visit to The Hawthorns and a game against Tony Pulis. Any game against a side managed by Pulis is a tough one, and this will be no different. The fact is that down the years Spurs have managed little more than one point per game against "The Baggies" in our 126 League meetings, and our Premier League record in 20 matches is not as good as it should have been against a team that has rarely set the Premier League alight.

One player who has been exciting West Brom fans in his first few games, and especially on his home debut is former Spur Nacer Chadli, who scored two and assisted in the other two goals in a 4-2 win against West Ham. Chadli's second goal (and West Brom's last) came in a breakaway run down the pitch by Rondon with Chadli just behind him. I can't remember Chadli running so fast in his time at Spurs, but all that Pochettino-inspired fitness regime must have helped him here as Rondon laid off the ball for Chadli to sweep home. I am sure Nacer will be greeted warmly by the travelling fans.

West Brom have played three of their last four games away, so their fans will be eager to see their heroes, and of course they will be hoping to see them capture the prestigious scalp of second-placed Spurs. Before that West Ham game, some were calling for the head of Tony Pulis, but with three unbeaten games West Brom are fairly comfortable in 9th place.

Two years ago, in September 2014, West Brom were the second of four teams to win at White Hart Lane in our first six Premier League home matches. As message board readers know, during that horrible run, I was at one point calling for Pochettino's head. Now look where we are, and how he is rightly adored by Spurs fans en masse.

That White Hart Lane win was West Brom's first at The Lane in 30 years, and it remains their last win over Spurs in our last 13 meetings. We are unbeaten on their turf since December 2008. Last year's corresponding match was one of those occasions when we have had to settle for a draw. Dele Alli gave us a 15th minute lead when he raced onto an excellent ball by Alderweireld and swept home. However, McClean equalised before the break. The game was played in tricky windy conditions.

McClean had a successful International break with the Republic of Ireland, scoring two of their three goals in their away win against Moldova. McClean was born in Northern Ireland and represented them at under-21 level, but was granted permission by FIFA which enabed him to play for the country of his choice in the South. McClean has a well-publicised view about Remembrance Day, which is obviously linked with his political feelings, and not directly relevant to football.

With another Champions League game coming up on Tuesday, away to Bayer Leverkusen, Mauricio Pochettino has to round up his men after their International duties; assess their fitness, and balance his selection with an eye on the game in Germany. In his Thursday press conference the Spurs manager said there were "issues" following the International break, but he did not elaborate. It would seem that some of the players have not returned suffiently fit in Pochettino's eyes for tomorrow's game. These might include our first choice full backs, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. Walker was required for both England's games, and Danny Rose got more minutes than the Spurs manager bargained for, due to Bertrand's hamstring injury. With the Leverkusen game following quickly, I think this is a game where we will see Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies in our full back slots.

We know that Harry Kane will be absent, and also learnt from the Spurs press conference that Dembele has sustained a further injury in training, so it seems he will be out too. If Pochettino's choice is to play either Dier or Wanyama and not both tomorrow, I'd go for Wanyama, who is in better form. Son Heung-min has had a busy International break, but his second game was in Iran on Tuesday, so hopefully he has returned in full fitness.

Whatever the team tomorrow, as title challengers we are under the pressure of needing to win every game to keep up the pressure on leaders Man City, who are at home to Everton tomorrow. It will be difficult, but I am taking Spurs to win 2-0. Check out the latest William Hill offers here.

Tomorrow's match referee Kevin Friend was last in charge of Spurs for their 3-0 win at Carrow Road in February. Mr Friend doesn't seem to get too many Premier League fixtures these days, and has officiated at that level three times so far this season. Last Saturday he was looking after a League Two game at Morecambe.

Did you know? - Spurs played West Brom in their last competitive game before the Second World War, and in their second game after the war.

The 1939 game was played on 2nd September, the day before war was declared. The game was abandoned with the score 4-3 to Tottenham. Eric Jones had scored a hat-trick for "The Baggies", whilst Johnny Morrison did the same for Spurs. Ronnie Dix, who had only signed for Spurs in June 1939, scored his one and only pre-war Spurs goal. Dix remained on our books for two years after the war. The Spurs side featured Bill Nicholson and Ron Burgess.

Both teams were in the second division before and after the war. Spurs' first official post-war game was on August 31st 1946, when they lost at home to Birmingham. Then they travelled to The Hawthorns and lost 3-2 on 7th September, with Nicholson and Burgess again in the team. Les Medley and Les Bennett scored the Spurs goals.

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. On October 16th six years ago, we beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Roman Pavlyuchenko quickly equalised Kamara's 30th minute goal. Tom Huddlestone scored a controversial winner.

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