This is the 22nd game between these two sides, with Spurs winning 8 of them. Although Spurs have won only one of their last seven Premier League games against them. West Brom have only won once at White Hart Lane, drawing five and losing four. The last three meetings between the two have all ended in 1-1 draws, Spurs will be looking to end this trend and add to their five Premier League wins in a row. This has elevated them to 3rd in the League. West Brom have won three of their last five games and find themselves in 8th in the league. Back in October Dele Alli scored in the 89th minute, which salvaged a point after former Spurs man Nacer Chadli had put the home side in front. Spurs had bossed the game with 71% percentage possession and 20 shots at goal, but they found Ben Foster in excellent form. The result was disappointing but they also lost Toby Alderweireld to injury. He would go on to miss six league games with a knee problem.
West Brom like to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with genuine wide men who like to stretch the game. Winger Matt Phillips has been instrumental in their good form this season, with 4 goals and 8 assists in his 19 appearances. They concede on average 1.2 goals a game and score on average 1.4 a game, this bigger threat going forward has contributed to their success this season. Most of their defeats this season have come against sides that are above them in the table. Spurs have used the 4-2-3-1 formation and a 3-4-2-1 formation. Pochettino may want to match up with West Brom as Spurs will be the more dominate side and do not necessarily need to use three central defenders. Spurs have kept 8 clean sheets and are conceding on average 0.7 goals a game. Both Harry Kane and Dele Alli have scored 10 league goals. Spurs average 56.6% possession, which is 3rd best in the league. West Brom find themselves at the bottom of the league with just 40.7% possession.
Spurs will be trying to maintain their unbeaten home record with eight wins and two draws. This is their longest unbeaten start to a Premier League campaign at home since 2000/01. Dele Alli has hit three braces in a row and his 20 goals since the start of last season is more than any other player under 23 years old in Europe’s top five leagues. He also has 2 goals in his last three appearances against West Brom. Victor Wanyama has made over 1100 passes this season which is double the amount of West Brom’s leading passer Darren Fletcher who has made 679 passes. West Brom’s midfielder Claudio Yacob leads the team with tackles he has made 56, Kyle Walker and Victor Wanyama are Tottenham’s best tacklers with 49. Matt Phillips leads West Brom in assists with 8, Christian Erikson is Tottenham’s most creative with 7 assists.
How the teams may line up:
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