Premier League

The Hawthorns

Sunday 8th November 2020 -  12:00
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    6th November

    Slaven Bilić’s Baggies return to The Hawthorns on Sunday (ko 12pm) looking to bounce back from Monday’s defeat at Fulham with a positive display against Tottenham Hotspur.

    Spurs

    Their last time out

    Spurs’ last Premier League encounter saw them battle to a 2-1 victory over Brighton courtesy of Harry Kane and Gareth Bale goals.

    Brighton wing-back Tariq Lamptey’s second-half strike levelled the scores after Kane’s first-half penalty, but Wales forward Bale was on hand to wrap up the points with his first goal since re-joining the club on loan from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

    In the dugout

    José Mourinho is managing his first full term as Spurs boss after joining midway through last season.

    Under his guidance, the north Londoners qualified for the Europa League after securing a sixth-placed finish - pipping Wolves on the final day of the campaign.

    In Mourinho, Spurs have one of the most experienced coaches in world football. From 338 Premier League games, the Tottenham boss has won 207 matches and his reputable record in England is further enhanced by the three titles won during his time at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

    One to watch

    England striker Harry Kane has started the season in fine form with 14 direct goal involvements already.

    The striker netted to help Spurs to victory in their last Premier League outing and goes into Sunday’s game having scored five goals from his last four games in the division.

    Our last meeting

    Albion’s last encounter with José Mourinho’s side will bring back fond memories after Jake Livermore’s dramatic late winner in May, 2018.

    Stats

    Albion

    • Albion are undefeated from their last three meetings with Spurs at The Hawthorns.
    • Skipper Jake Livermore has been directly involved in Albion’s last two goals against Tottenham (scoring one and assisting the other).
    • Head Coach Slaven Bilić has a positive record against Spurs during his managerial career (W4, D1 and L3).

    Spurs

    • Spurs are currently the league’s leading scorers with 18 goals.
    • Between them, forwards Harry Kane and Son-Heung Min have 14 of those goals.
    • Tottenham have only managed three wins from their last eight visits to The Hawthorns.

    Head to head

      Albion wins Draw Spurs wins
    League 50 33 47
    FA Cup 3 2 6
    League Cup 0 1 3
    Total 53 36 56

    Our one to watch

    Conor Gallagher’s consistent work rate could play an important factor in Albion’s approach to Sunday’s clash.

    Despite Monday’s defeat, the midfielder’s high pressing was effective in rushing the opposition’s decision-making on the ball.

    The Chelsea loanee’s influence on proceedings against Burnley and Brighton helped the Baggies to two, well-deserved points, and the 20-year-old will be hoping he can produce another eye-catching display against Spurs.

    Read all about it

    This Sunday's Albion News features interviews with Sam Johnstone and Darnell Furlong. 

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    8th November

    Albion were cruelly denied a point against Spurs as Harry Kane’s late header handed them a 1-0 win at The Hawthorns.

    The Baggies had the better of the first-half, attempting six shots to Spurs’ one, and were unfortunate not to net after the interval in an entertaining Premier League clash that could have gone either way.

    But Kane’s 88th minute winner was the decider - stopping Albion from claiming their fourth point of the campaign and sending Jose Mourinho’s team to the top of the table.

    Slaven Bilić switched formation and made three changes to the team that were defeated at Fulham, with Kyle Bartley, Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson replacing Branislav Ivanović, Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana.

    And it was his side who created the first chance inside the opening minutes, Robinson seeing a low shot from the edge of the box saved comfortably by Hugo Lloris.

    Shortly after the Baggies were given a reminder of Spurs’ quality - and a let-off. Superb hold-up play and distribution from Kane helped set up Heung-Min Son, but the South Korean’s effort was bravely blocked by Semi Ajayi when he looked destined to score.

    Albion had the better of the remainder of the first-half, though, and came close to netting a number of times. Karlan Grant nodded a fantastic Darnell Furlong cross wide, Jake Livermore shot off-target twice and Bartley couldn’t guide his header towards goal when well-placed.

    And they picked up where they left off straight after the break. O’Shea headed Filip Krovinović’s corner narrowly past the post and Robinson curled one into the Birmingham Road End - but still that goal eluded them.

    Spurs had their best spell around the hour mark as Kane guided Gareth Bale’s free-kick over and Sam Johnstone saved from Sergio Reguilon and Son.

    Substitute Giovani Lo Celso then smashed the away side’s best opportunity of the second-half wide before, down the other end, Furlong’s header from a corner was spectacularly clawed away by Lloris.

    Johnstone brilliantly denied Carlos Vinicius with a strong hand down low to his right as the game looked destined to end goalless, however with just two minutes remaining Spurs clinched it - Kane diverting Matt Doherty’s cross home to earn them all three points.

    Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend; Gallagher, Livermore (Edwards 89), Krovinović; Robinson (Diangana 67), Grant (Phillips 84)

    Substitutes: Button, Peltier, Gibbs, Sawyers.