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  • 12 April 2014
  • • 15:07
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
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West Brom - Tottenham Preview: Struggling hosts face Adebayor test

West Brom - Tottenham Preview: Struggling hosts face Adebayor test

Pepe Mel's men are edging closer to safety but face a tough test against Spurs who thrashed Sunderland 5-1 at White Hart Lane last time out

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor will once again look to come to the aid of boss Tim Sherwood when Spurs visit West Brom on Saturday.

Monday's clash with Sunderland was overshadowed by speculation surrounding Tim Sherwood's future, and Goal understands he will be replaced at the end of the season.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is the favourite to replace Sherwood, but Adebayor - arguably the stand-out success story of Sherwood's reign to date - bagged a brace in a 5-1 demolition of the rock-bottom Sunderland, perhaps providing a reason for chairman Daniel Levy to stick rather than twist when the close-season arrives.

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Adebayor, a gifted but enigmatic striker, has endured turbulent relationships with a host of coaches during a career that has taken in spells with Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old has hit a rich vein of form under Sherwood, scoring 13 goals in 19 matches after he was brought back from an exile imposed by Villas-Boas.

And in the build-up to The Hawthorns clash, he claimed that Sherwood "gave me back my life", with the Togo forward having another chance to thank the under-pressure coach on Saturday.

Tottenham sit sixth in the table – five points behind rivals Arsenal, who occupy the final Champions League place – and know they really need a victory to keep their slim hopes of returning to Europe's premier club competition alive.

West Brom's plight is very different, with another mid-season appointment, Spaniard Pepe Mel, trying to steer his side clear of the bottom three.

Mel, who replaced the sacked Steve Clarke, has seen his side rise to 16th, five points above the relegation zone, after two wins in their last four matches - including a 1-0 triumph at Norwich City last time out.

But West Brom are far from safe with tricky trips to Manchester City and Arsenal to come, while the two teams immediately below them – Norwich and Fulham – meet this weekend.

Mel could name an unchanged starting XI for the first time since taking over if midfielder James Morrison passes a late fitness test on his injured ankle.

If the former Middlesbrough man misses out, West Brom captain Chris Brunt will come in after he made a successful comeback from a knee injury for the club's Under-21 side on Sunday – a game that defender Billy Jones also featured in.

Jones is fit after a hamstring injury, as is midfielder Claudio Yacob, but Zoltan Gera's own hamstring problem sees him sidelined.

Roberto Soldado (hamstring) and Jan Vertonghen (calf) remain doubtful for Tottenham, while Kyle Walker (groin), Erik Lamela (thigh) and Etienne Capoue (ankle) are set to miss out again.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

Tottenham Hotspur

Wins
1
3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Draw
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
15%
78%

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 4
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 3
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT

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