West Brom host high flying Tottenham on Saturday. Spurs, who have managed 12 points from the last 6 games hope to continue their push for a top 4 finish. West Brom, on the other hand have garnered 10 points out of a possible 18 and will be hoping to spoil Spurs’ party.
West Brom will only be without first choice keeper Ben Foster who remains out until January due to an ACL Knee injury, and Boaz Myhill will continue in the goal for the Baggies. Tony Pulis will most probably roll out the same line-up that started against West Ham.
Spurs will be without the services of Ryan Mason (Ankle), Bentaleb (Ankle) and Chadli (Ankle) who remain out with their respective injuries. However, impressive young midfielder Dele Alli is back in action after serving his suspension against Chelsea.
This will be the 126th match between the two sides in all competitions, with West Brom having won a marginally better 48 games against Tottenham’s 47 games.
Tottenham Hotspurs have had three goalless draws this season, a joint high with Manchester United.
Myhill, McAuley, Olsson, Dawson, Evans, Fletcher, Yacob, Sessegnon, McClean, Morrison, Rondon.
Lloris, Rose, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker, Eriksen, Heung-Min, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Kane.
The Venezuelan striker is slowly finding some form in the Premier League. With 3 goals for the Baggies, he is currently the joint top scorer alongside Saido Berahino and James Morrison. His prowess in the air is well documented and his movement in the box can make him a tricky customer to handle. While his numbers do not reflect it at the moment, he certainly knows where the back of the net is, having scored 20 goals for Zenith St Petersburg last year. Only Stoke City and Aston Villa have scored fewer goals than West Brom at the moment and Rondon needs to start performing his best to ensure that Baggies do not have to fight to survive relegation come the end of the season.
The 19 year old English midfielder is slowly building his reputation as the young player to watch out for. Potent in attack, disciplined in defence and growing by every passing game, Alli is the man to watch out for against West Brom. He will look to operate from deep and has shown an ability to drive his team forward. We missed his combative instincts against Chelsea and the youngster will be keen to continue from where he left off.
With an English cap and goal behind him, a solid season could possibly land him on a plane to France for the Euro’16 and the former MK Dons man would be keen to leave a lasting imprint on the management of English national team.
Tottenham are high on confidence, playing some beautiful football going into this game and we expect the free flowing football to continue. However, Tony Pulis’ sides can get stuck in and ensure a positive result against a better opposition. We predict that Tottenham will win the game 1-0.