Tottenham vs West Brom Preview – A Chance At Top Spot

November 6th, 2020

After back-to-back wins against Brighton and Ludogorets, Tottenham travel to West Brom in a clash with real significance for both sides.

Spurs currently sit 3rd in the Premier League table and a win against the West Midlands outfit on Sunday could see them take the top spot, depending on results elsewhere.

With the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son firing on all cylinders at the moment, Spurs come into this game as the competition’s highest scoring team, with 18 goals already this season.

Jose Mourinho and his men should be filled with confidence, as Sunday’s opponents currently hold the title of the Premier League’s worst defence, with 16 goals conceded in seven matches this season.

Since the opening day, Spurs have not lost a league game, and Sunday’s match brings a great opportunity for them to go top of the league.

Tottenham come into this game off the back of a relatively comfortably 3-1 away win to Ludogorets. The win saw them go top of Group J as Antwerp fell to defeat in their match against LASK.

Pre-match Mourinho had stated that he intended to go “full power” against the Bulgarian side but with the job seemingly done before the final whistle, the likes of Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko had a rest after being substituted at half-time, whilst Gareth Bale was given an extra twenty minutes before being substituted.

Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Heung-Min Son were brought on in the second half, as they looked to gain a few minutes before the match against West Brom.

Sunday could be a big day for Gareth Bale as he is in contention to make his first Premier League start for over 7 years.

The Welsh international came off the bench to score the winner in Tottenham’s 2-1 win against Brighton and will be hoping that he can have a similar impact if called upon again this weekend.

In contrast to Spurs, West Brom come into this match on the back of a 2-0 loss to relegation candidates Fulham.

The Baggies are yet to find themselves on the winning side of a Premier League game this season and currently lie in 18th position, however a win against Mourinho’s men could see them rise to 16th.

The fixture will also feature former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore. The 30-year-old came through Tottenham’s academy system and spent eight years at the club, going on to make 58 appearances.

Tottenham team news:

Erik Lamela has been ruled out by Jose Mourinho, as he continues to deal with a calf injury, however Sergio Reguilon and Serge Aurier are in contention to be involved.

Japhet Tanganga returned to training this week but it is unlikely that he’ll be available.

Summer signing Joe Rodon may be in line to receive a full debut, depending on whether Mourinho wishes to rotate his centre-back pairing of Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld.

Predicted XI: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Alderweireld, Reguilon, Højbjerg, Ndombele, Sissoko, Son, Kane, Bale

West Brom team news:

Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field will remain on the side-lines for West Brom, as the pair recover from a broken arm and a knee injury respectively.

Dara O’Shea is also a doubt but will be assessed.

Predicted XI: Johnstone, Townsend, Ajayi, Ivanovic, Furlong, Livermore, Krovinovic, Gallagher, Diangana, Pereira, Grant

By Reece Coughlan

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