Tottenham Hotspur: Younes Kaboul, Harry Kane, Aaron Lennon, Jan Vertonghen & Andros Townsend - Out; Mousa Dembele & Sandro - Doubtful
West Bromwich Albion - None
Tottenham Hotspur: Paulinho
West Bromwich Albion: None
Tottenham Hotspur: DWWLW
West Bromwich Albion: LLLLD
In Tottenham's last match against Southampton they managed to shed the biggest flaw in their campaign so far: profligacy. Their 3-2 victory was the first time they had notched three goals in the Premier League this year.
The key factor to their victory was the gung-ho approach Tim Sherwood took. Realising Tottenham's strength was not in keeping hoards of possession, he switched to a 4-4-2 formation. This enabled them to pass the ball a lot more quicker to their dangermen, and always enabled them to be a threat on the counter.
Although this switch had the disadvantage of exposing their already weak defensive, it gave them a threat of their own - something they never possessed under Andre Villas-Boas.
Considering West Brom are a team similar to Southampton in the way they set-up - a team that looks to be secure defensively first before establishing their attacking play - Tottenham could be in for a easy ride today.
Unlike Southampton, West Brom are not as good on the ball and do not have a particular threat going forward. Shane Long and Chris Brunt in particular are culpable for this.
Long has a passing accuracy of 63.2% from an average of 19 passes per game and only gets 1.6 shots per game. With Long as the sole striker unable to retain possession for long periods, or able to create space for himself, the onus falls on the supporting cast to step up.
Behind Long is Amalfitano, Sessegnon and Brunt. Amalfitano has been creating chances for other players, making 2.2 key passes per game. On the other hand, Sessegnon helps himself - he has on average 2.3 shots per game, most of which are created from his 2.5 dribbles per game this season.
The problem with this is, Amalfitano is often creating for players who cannot finish, such as Long and Sessegnon - many of his efforts are wasted by a baffling lack of end product.
Nevertheless, the two remain threats. Brunt on the other hand is either here nor there. He has only completed two dribbles throughout the entire season and despite having 1.8 shots per game, he has only scored 1 goal.
What West Brom's struggles in front of goal highlight is the difference Lukaku made to West Brom last year. Without him, they lack a player that makes the most of chances offered to him. In fact on many occasion, Lukaku won matches by himself.
No one is capable of doing this for West Brom and as such I expect Tottenham to be too powerful on the day.
Tottenham 2-0 West Brom