While the Baggies are languishing near the foot of the table, yet to pick up a win from seven games, Spurs are flying high and a victory today could see them go top with 17 points.
Tottenham will be looking to take their chances against an Albion side that lost 2-0 to Fulham last time out, with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son expecting to boost their goal-scoring tallies for the campaign.
Spurs have been in great form so far this season, seeing off Premier League opposition with relative ease, only losing once in seven matches.
In their most recent league outing, Spurs beat Brighton 2-1, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Gareth Bale. And last Thursday, Spurs netted three against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League. So it’s safe to say that they’ll be looking to pick up another win on Sunday at the Hawthorns.
Team News and Predicted XI:
Sam Field (knee injury) and Hal Robson-Kanu (arm injury) aren’t expected to return until the end of the month, while the sudden departure of Ahmed Hegazi leaves Slaven Bilic with very few options at the back.
Sam Johnstone will keep his place in goal, as per usual, and the backline could stay the same too, with Conor Townsend, Semi Ajayi, Branislav Ivanovic and Darnell Furlong all starting against Spurs.
In the defensive-midfielder role will likely be Jake Livermore. As of late, he has been expected to carry out his usual responsibilities without the assistance of Romaine Sawyers, who has fallen down the pecking order following a string of sub-par performances.
A midfield four of Grady Diangana, Conor Gallagher, Filip Krovinovic, and Matheus Pereira is the most likely set-up Bilic will opt for against Tottenham.
Despite cries from the fans to put Pereira into a central position and bring in Kamil Grosicki to play out on the right, Slaven looks to be sticking to his guns – almost desperate to see this tactic work out sooner or later.
Up front alone can only really be Karlan Grant. Callum Robinson could be a contender but he’s more adept at playing out on the left-wing and usually replaces Diangana late on in games. Robson-Kanu is injured, Charlie Austin is out of his depth in the Premier League so is highly unlikely to be used, and Kenneth Zohore is out on loan at Millwall.
Albion’s Predicted XI: (4-1-4-1)
Only Erik Lamela, who is expected back after the international break, is unavailable to face West Brom, meaning that Jose Mourinho can go all-out in his team selection and see off the Baggies away from home.
In-between the sticks for Tottenham will be their mainstay goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris. He has been in solid form this season and looks unlikely to be replaced by backup keeper Joe Hart for quite some time.
A back four of Sergio Reguilon, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Matt Doherty will be looking to keep Albion’s attackers quiet throughout the game.
A midfield pairing of Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are likely to be chosen for this game, given how well they have performed alongside each other as of late.
An attacking midfield trio of Heung-Min Son, Tanguy Ndombele and Gareth Bale is enough to make Albion’s defence sweat, and their troubles will likely be exacerbated by Harry Kane’s presence up top.
Spurs’ Predicted XI: (4-2-3-1)
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