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August 25, 2012 3:00 PM BST
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Tottenham - West Brom Preview: Villas-Boas targets first Premier League win as Spurs manager

The Portuguese is searching for a maiden victory as manager at White Hart Lane, while Steve Clarke will be hoping his West Brom side can replicate their 3-0 win over Liverpool

By Ewan Roberts

EPL - Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion, Gareth Bale, Billy Jones and Graham Dorrans
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Gera, Morrison, Odemwingie

Andre Villas-Boas is missing several key players in his first home game in charge of Tottenham. Scott Parker (Achilles) is still two weeks away from resuming training and Younes Kaboul has aggravated the knee injury that kept him out of France’s Euro 2012 squad.

Luka Modric remains in limbo over a potential move to Real Madrid, while Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson are pending moves to Stoke and QPR respectively so will not feature. Danny Rose serves the final game of a three-match ban that was carried over from last season.

Emmanuel Adebayor has finally rejoined Spurs permanently from Manchester City, and could find himself immediately in the starting line up.

West Brom are unlikely to make many changes from the side that beat Liverpool 3-0 last weekend, and manager Steve Clarke has no injury worries going into the clash at White Hart Lane.

Despite Romelu Lukaku's impressive showing from the bench, Shane Long is likely to continue in attack, supported by the trio of Peter Odemwingie, Zoltan Gera and James Morrison.

Graham Dorrans has been granted permission to miss the game, however, as his daughter has contracted meningitis.

  • Tottenham have lost just three of their last 36 home games in the league.
  • Spurs haven’t lost to West Brom since the west Midlands outfit won promotion back to the Premier League in 2010.
  • Andre Villas-Boas’ last league game in charge of Chelsea was a 1-0 defeat to the Baggies.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor (right) has scored on his debut for Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Spurs, and will be hoping that trend continues having re-joined Tottenham on a permanent deal earlier this week.
  • Just one of Jermain Defoe’s 11 Premier League goals last season came in the first half, but the diminutive forward has scored three goals in his last three games against the Baggies.
  • West Brom haven’t won at White Hart Lane since November 1984.
  • Baggies boss Steve Clarke and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas worked together at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
  • West Brom have scored at least two goals in their last three Premier League matches (against Bolton, Arsenal and Liverpool).
  • Baggies loanee Romelu Lukaku endured a frustrating time at Chelsea under then manager Villas-Boas, vowing never to forgive the Portuguese manager for freezing him out.
  • West Brom have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League away games.

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