Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW: Tottenham v Albion

Stats and info for Saturday's trip to North London (ko 3pm)




Interesting facts

The Baggies have not won the opening two games of a top-flight campaign since 1978/79 – 34 years ago.

Albion's last win at White Hart Lane was a 3-2 victory in Old Division One on November 3, 1984.

Andre Villas-Boas prepares to face the Baggies in his first home game for the second successive season – with Albion the first visitors to Stamford Bridge during his Chelsea reign. That game ended 2-1 to Blues after Shane Long took an early lead for Roy Hodgson’s side.

The Baggies recorded 26 points on the road last season, winning seven, drawing five and losing seven – they scored 24 and conceded 30.

Jermain Defoe has scored eight goals against Albion in all competitions.    

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, November 26, 2011, Albion 1 (Mulumbu 10) Tottenham 3 (Adebayor 25 & 90+3, Defoe 81)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League. Tuesday, January 3, 2012, Tottenham 1 (Defoe 63) Albion 0

Form guide (last six league matches)


Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Liverpool - home W 1-0): Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Morrison (Brunt 81); Odemwingie, Long (Lukaku 68), Gera (Fortune 69). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), El Ghanassy, Jara Reyes, Dawson.

SPURS (v Newcastle - away L 2-1): Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sigurdsson (van der Vaart 68), Livermore, Bale, Sandro (Kane 86), Defoe. Subs not used: Cudicini (gk), Vertonghen, Naughton, Jenas, Townsend.

Spurs team news

Scott Parker continues to recover from an Achilles injury but remains a doubt for the visit of Albion. Younis Kaboul is unlikely to feature for Spurs due to a knee problem and Giovani Dos Santos will not play after pulling his calf in training on Thursday.

Ref watch

Mike Dean referees Saturday's game. The Wirral official oversaw West Ham’s 1-0 victory over Aston Villa last weekend – dishing out one yellow card to Cieran Clark. He last oversaw the Baggies in January's 2-1 home defeat by Norwich. Dean refereed 43 Barclays Premier League matches last season, handing out 146 yellow and five red cards.


Selected odds from Bet Butler:

Albion to win: 6/1

Spurs to win: 11/20

Draw: 17/5

Albion to win 1-0: 19/1

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