Saturday, August 25, 2012
White Hart Lane
TV: Highlights BBC ONE Match Of The Day
Tottenham Hotspur (Possible, 4-3-2-1): Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Sandro, Livermore, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale, Adebayor.
Out: Scott Parker (Achilles), Giovani Dos Santos (muscle), Younes
Kaboul (knee) and Heurelho Gomes (ankle)
West Bromwich Albion (Possible, 4-3-3): Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Odemwingie, Long, Gera.
Out: Graham Dorrans (personal).
Andre Villas-Boas targets his first win as Tottenham manager. West Brom manager Steve Clarke will fancy his chances having seen his side beat Liverpool 3-0 last week.
Luka Modric will not feature as Spurs look to finalise his move to Real Madrid this weekend, but Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to make his debut as a Tottenham employee, along with Jan Vertonghen, following transfers from Manchester City and Ajax respectively.
There are no injury concerns for West Brom with summer signing Markus Rosenberg in contention for a place in attack.
Tottenham’s manager, Andre Villas-Boas, must think hard about whom to drop to make room for Emmanuel Adebayor, who has finally turned his loan deal from Manchester City into a £5 million transfer. Jermain Defoe’s goal in Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United strengthens his case for selection, which could mean one of the holding midfielders, Jake Livermore or Sandro, will make way. West Bromwich Albion have lost only once in their past six Premier League matches either side of the summer and beat Liverpool twice on the way, but have not won at White Hart Lane since 1984.
Spurs have won 13 and lost just two of their last 18 Premier League games at White Hart Lane.
Albion have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League away games.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches (last season): 40, Red cards: 4, Yellow cards: 121
Stat of the game: Andre Villas Boas’ last Premier League game in charge of Chelsea was a 0-1 defeat to West Brom.
Prediction: 2-1, Matt Scott.