Match to be played on 26th December 2013 at 15:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, Tottenham.
Tottenham secured a much needed win away at Southampton which gives Tim Sherwood his first win as interim boss and the side a little bit of momentum.
Spurs will be confident going into their Boxing Day game against West Bromwich Albion, looking to get their top four challenge back on track.
It’s a little difficult to gauge who may start against the Baggies, but Sherwood has instilled a very exciting and attacking mentality into the current squad. Here’s the side he may go with.
GK – Hugo Lloris
Lloris is one of the most active goalkeepers in the Premier League. He’s a very busy player and his ability to come out of goal and take risks allows Spurs to play a higher defensive line.
RB – Kyle Walker
Walker is currently England’s first choice right-back and this is another chance for him to prove just that. Expect to see him getting forward regularly but tucking in defensively.
CB – Michael Dawson
Dawson is the leader in the back four and the player that others will look to when things aren’t going so well. He doesn’t have a great deal of pace but he reads the game well and gets into good positions.
CB – Vlad Chiriches
This is a real chance for Chiriches to throw down a statement of intent that he is one of the first choice defenders in Tottenham’s back four. His job is simple; make it as difficult as possible for Jan Vertonghen to eventually get back into the team.
LB – Danny Rose
Rose provides a little bit of balance across the defence. He’ll get forward and attack when he can but West Brom may target him as a possible weakness. If he can defend well and close out his side, Spurs have a great chance of a comfortable win.
RM – Erik Lamela
Lamela hasn’t had many starts in a Tottenham shirt but Sherwood could throw him into the side in a Boxing Day clash in front of Tottenham’s home fans. Walker is good enough to control the right, giving Lamela a slightly freer role.
DM – Moussa Dembele
Dembele is likely to sit in midfield and be the more defensive of the two central players. He’s at his best when he’s keeping things simple, linking the defence with the midfield and the midfield with the attack.
CM – Christian Eriksen
Eriksen needs another game to get that little bit of sharpness back. He’s one of the few players in the current side who can produce that little bit of magic to unlock a stubborn defence.
LM – Gylfi Sigurdsson
Not his best role but left midfield is a job that Sigurdsson has grown used to. Expect to see him moving into central positions when Rose is able to get up on the left hand side.
ST – Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor has completely turned things around under Sherwood. He’s scoring goals and seems to have found a way to be successful around the current Spurs squad. He can drop off or he can play at the top of the attack.
ST – Roberto Soldado
The Spaniard should continue alongside Adebayor. He will stick onto the West Brom defence and he’ll be the more active of the strikers, looking to create more space for others to exploit.
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