In this special weekly series of Scouting Reports of each Premier League team – this week Martin Lewis analyses West Bromwich Albion. They’re playing Tottenham this weekend so Spurs supporters will want to know all about their opponents – this is the best place to find out!
Please note that the style of writing is that of a scouting report.
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Team on ok run of results, looking to do the double over Tottenham. An off the field issue regarding Odemwingie could have a negative effect on the players, but also it could motivate players to take his place in the team.
Short build up – [2nd phase] ball is brought out of defence by fullbacks [usually Ridgewell] who has 2 options. Option one he looks for a central midfielder that is now deeper than him [Brunt usually] or he will look to play a vertical pass up the line. When ball is given to Brunt, he will look for vertical option to Lukaku initially, but if that isn’t on he will play a diagonal over to Jones moving forward to switch play.
Long build up – [1st phase] ball played to the head of Lukaku, looking for flick on or lay off. Defensive line and midfield push very high up and are tight in order to win the second ball.
Team starting low-medium block, progressing backwards to a tight low compact block.
Team now more compact, but still lateral space.
Two hands up on corner means Olsson spinning to 2nd post. Corners taken by Brunt [left foot].
Jones 1v1 then pulling back the cross
Kick off combination
Page 2: Other Observations – West Bromwich Season Stats for 2012/13 (click Page 2 below).
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