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Premier League

  • 23 April 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: S. Attwell
  • • Attendance: 36160

Tottenham - West Brom Preview: Matching Premier League form links Champions League hopefuls and relegation candidates

Tottenham - West Brom Preview: Matching Premier League form links Champions League hopefuls and relegation candidates

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Spurs looking for more points to keep pace with Manchester City in hunt for fourth while Roy Hodgson's side aim to bounce back from defeat to Chelsea to guarantee safety

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Tottenham: Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Van der Vaart; Pavlyuchenko, Crouch.

West Brom: Carson; Reid, Meite, Olsson, Shorey; Thomas, Scharner, Mulumbu, Morrison, Brunt; Odemwingie.

  • In the form stakes there is nothing to tell between the two. Eight played, three won, four drawn and one lost each suggests the game will be pretty even, though West Brom have got a marginally better goal difference of one goal during that period.
  • This equality holds true in the two club’s recent Premier League history, with two wins apiece and two draws in the last six games.
  • The two sides are the Premier League’s comeback kings, topping the table for points gained when in losing positions (22). Tottenham have come back to win six games and draw four while losing, whereas the Baggies have won five and levelled in seven.
  • West Brom's shot accuracy is one per cent higher than Spurs' this season at 42%, enabling them to fire in 163 shots on target this term, compared to their hosts' 161.
  • The Baggies' starting XI's average age is almost bang on a year younger than Spurs' - with 26.66 compared to 27.61.
  • Expect something to happen between the 37th and 42nd minutes. In this spell is when both Spurs and West Brom are most likely to concede and score the first goals in their games this season.
  • Spurs' biggest defeat this season in the league was a rather respectable 2-0 loss to Manchester United, West Brom's is a whopping 6-0 beating at the hands of Chelsea.
  • If Tottenham can keep a clean sheet, they should be able to see the game off given that West Brom have lost each of the nine games they have failed to score in this season.
  • West Brom are on an incredible run of having not achieved a clean sheet in 35 games.
  • In the Premier League, West Brom’s opponents have scored before them in 69.6% of their games - the league's worst record.


September 11, 2010: West Brom 1-1 Tottenham

Spurs debutant Rafael Van der Vaart plays starring role but Chris Brunt’s 50th career goal cancels out Luka Modric’s opener to leave things are square.

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R. van der Vaart

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Dutchman was a real livewire in the draw against Arsenal, suggesting that he is over the niggling injuries that hampered the middle part of his season.

Orchestrating those around him, if Van der Vaart is on song, then Tottenham can expect to play well. It is likely that he will be afforded a reasonable amount of space to operate against West Brom and could wreak havoc to sustain the push for fourth.

C. Vela

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The on-loan striker has yet to feature as much as he would have liked since snatching a dramatic late equaliser against Midlands rivals Wolves.

However, he came off the bench to reasonable effect last week against Chelsea and his chances of getting a start against Tottenham have been talked up in the press. As an Arsenal product, the Mexica would relish the chance to stick the knife into his north London counterparts.

Editor's Prediction

It is sure to be an open game at White Hart Lane. West Brom’s woeful defensive record suggests that they will be unable to contain a Spurs side full of vibrancy after the buoyant comeback against Arsenal. Expect to see the home side strolling to a comfortable win.

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