After an opening day defeat at Newcastle, Spurs return to White Hart Lane to face West Bromwich Albion in this season’s first home game. We look ahead to the game with the lastest team news and match stats.
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
Date: Saturday, 25 August 2012
Kick-off: 15:00 BST
Stadium: White Hart Lane, London
Referee: Mike Dean
Both teams enjoyed contrasting fortunes in their first game of the season.
Spurs were undone by a late Ben Arfa penalty after failing to convert chances in the first half. A great goal by Demba Ba put Newcastle ahead 10 minutes after half-time. Spurs equalised courtesy of a Jermain Defoe goal. A clumsy challenge by Van der Vaart and Lennon on Ben Arfa eventually resulted in the game winning penalty for The Toon.
West Brom’s season got off to a flyer with an impressive 3-0 win over Liverpool at The Hawthorns. Just before half-time Zoltan Gera put the home team in front with a thunderous striker from outside the box. In the second half Daniel Agger was sent off after a challenge from behind in the penalty box on Shane Long. Long missed the penalty but later in the half Peter Odemwingie did convert from the spot for The Baggies. Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku made the final score 3-0.
Younes Kaboul is ruled out of Saturday’s game with a knee injury. “Unfortunately, Younes had some discomfort in his patella tendon, so he went to see a specialist to analyse his knee. We’re not looking at anything serious,” said André Villas-Boas.
Scott Parker is still recovering from his ankle injury which will see him sidelined until September. Giovani dos Santos has pulled his calf in training and will not be available either.
Freshly signed Emmanuel Adebayor is in contention but Spurs will need to assess his fitness levels ahead of the game since Adebayor missed pre-season. With Kaboul out injured Jan Vertonghen is set to make his Spurs debut against West Brom.
Manager Steve Clarke has a fully fit squad at his disposal. Only question mark is Graham Dorrans who didn’t feature against Liverpool as his daughter is in hospital recovering from meningitis.
- Last season Spurs did the double over West Brom, winning 3-1 at The Hawthorns and 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
- Spurs have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 0 of the last 6 stagings of this fixture, outscoring West Brom by 10 goals to 5.
- In the 135 meetings between the two teams Tottenham have won 53, West Brom 52 and there have been 29 draws.
- The last time West Brom won at White Hart Lane dates back to November 1984.
The guys over at KickOff have provided us with the latest statistics about both teams’ home and away form, what the most likely scoreline is and who will most likely be the first goalscorer.
- Spurs have won 70% of their last 20 home games.
- West Brom have won 35% of their last 20 away fixtures.
- Spurs scored in all of their home games last season.
- West Brom have found the net in 14 of their last 20 away games.
- West Brom only managed to keep a clean sheet twice in their last 20 away games.
- A 2-0 win has been the most common result for Spurs in their last 20 home games.
- The last 20 Spurs home matches have produced an average of 3 goals per game.
- The last 20 West Brom away matches have produced an average of 3 goals per game.
- Emmanuel Adebayor has scored 22% of the goals in Spurs’ last 20 home games.
- Jermain Defoe has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances for Spurs against West Brom.
- West Brom have conceded the first goal 12 times in their last 20 away games, going on to win 1, draw 5 and lose 6 of these matches.
- Peter Odemwingie has scored 26% of the goals netted by West Brom in their last 20 away games.
Total Tottenham prediction
It’s our first home game so the White Hart Lane faithful will be up for it. Despite the disappointing result we could take quite some positives from the Newcastle game. It will be exciting to see Jan Vertonghen start for Spurs. It’s as shame he isn’t lining up alongside Kaboul as they likely form our strongest centre-back pairing. That’s why Spurs fans might not feel totally confident on keeping a clean sheet.
Hopefully Adebayor will feature as he causes any defence problems. He will probably not start but that shouldn’t be a problem given Defoe scored in his last 3 appearances when we faced West Brom. I could see West Brom’s Jonas Olsson struggle against a quick and nimble striker like Defoe.
The biggest threat to Spurs will be Romelu Lukaku. He looked very good against Liverpool and totally out-muscled Carragher at one point in the game. Hopefully Vertonghen’s experience with Lukaku at the Belgium national team will help him keep Lukaku quiet. Walker will also have a busy game as he will have to challenge Shane Long for pace.
Final score: 2-1. Defoe to open the score. West Brom to equalise from a set piece. Sigurdsson or Adebayor to score the winner.