West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Saturday 12th April 2014 at 15:07. Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.

Odds: West Bromwich Albion 11/5, Draw 5/2, Tottenham Hotspur 11/8

Last season: 0-1

Preview & injury news

West Brom will be breathing a little more easily after last weekend's crucial win over Norwich City, which means they're five points above the relegation zone with a game in hand on their rivals - but they have yet to register a home win under Pepe Mel so far. They face a Tottenham side whose top four hopes are looking bleak, but their chances aren't over. However, a lot of their work on the field seems to be overshadowed because of the speculation regarding the position of Head Coach Tim Sherwood's future, as it looks as though he will be replaced in the summer. 

West Brom have won two out of their last four matches which is a slight upturn in form of late but they will be looking to get more points on the board as they are far from safe. Tottenham's form has been patchy as they have won three and lost three of their last six which leaves them in sixth place, five points behind Arsenal who are in the fourth Champions League place, though Everton may be the side they have to watch if they are to break into Europe's premier competition next season.

On the injury front, the home side are without Zoltan Gera who has a hamstring problem whilst Graham Dorrans is struggling with a knee problem. Chris Brunt is a doubt with a knee problem but is close to returning to the side, whilst Claudio Yacob and Billy Jones are nearing fitness after hamstring injuries, with Yacob thought to be fit enough for this weekend.

Spurs are still without record signing Erik Lamela as his back problems continues to trouble him and Etienne Capoue is still sidelined with an ankle injury. Roberto Soldado is still recovering from a hamstring problem, whilst Michael Dawson is also likely to miss out with a similar injury. There is a chance that Kyle Walker could be considered if he recovers well enough from a pelvis problem, and Jan Vertonghen could be fit after an ankle injury. 

Key stats

Here are the top scorers for the two sides in the Premier League this season:

Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 10 16 1,358
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 6 20 1,538
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 6 26 1,896
Gylfi Sigurdsson Spurs MF 5 21 1,098
Morgan Amalfitano West Brom MF 4 23 1,738
Saido Berahino West Brom FW 4 26 1,026
Victor Anichebe West Brom FW 3 19 1,049
Stéphane Sessegnon West Brom MF 3 20 1,476

Their average possession statistics:

NamePossession PercentagePlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 54.03 33
West Bromwich Albion 46.91 32

And the amount of clean sheets the two sides have kept:

NameClean SheetPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 12 33
West Bromwich Albion 6 32

5 players to watch

Morgan Amalfitano - Amalfitano is making a bit of a habit of coming up with big, memorable moments for the Baggies this season. That includes his goal at Old Trafford, his opener against Cardiff City and his winner last week against Norwich which keeps their heads above water. Does he have another big moment in him, and will it come this weekend?

Christian Eriksen - Eriksen has certainly been the stand-out signing for Spurs this season as time and again he has been showing his class - and has managed to get himself on the scoresheet a few times. Expect him to be involved in a lot of Tottenham's attacking play.  

Jonas Olsson - Olsson is going to be in for a difficult afternoon as the Baggies defence faces up against Emmanuel Adebayor, and possibly youngster Harry Kane if Tim Sherwood sticks with the same side. Olsson will have to be disciplined and relish the battle as they look to set the platform for a good result.

Paulinho - It wasn't so long ago that Paulinho was complaining over a lack of game time. He played against Sunderland last week and though he didn't set the world alight he put in a pretty good performance. He may keep his place this weekend and against a side that will look to start quickly, the Brazilian will have to be sharp - especially in the early stages.

Stephane Sessegnon - Sessegnon is a tricky player for any side. His pace and close control seems to trouble defenders. He also has a good ability to bring others into the play along with a good eye for goal, so expect him to be a big threat to the Spurs back line.

Earlier on in the season

Tottenham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion, December 2013

It was Tim Sherwood's first game in permanent charge of Spurs but they couldn't give him a win to celebrate as the home side had to settle for a point against managerless West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham had their noses in front ten minutes before half time with a terrific free kick that went in off the underside of the bar from Christian Eriksen. The lead didn't last long though as Spurs were undone with a free kick themselves as Morgan Amalfitano's ball was stabbed in from close range by Jonas Olsson. In the second half there were a couple of half chances for the home side, but they couldn't find the winner.

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