With the wounding loss to Sheffield United fresh in the minds of all Baggies fans, a trip to Spurs offers us the opportunity to pick up some now essential, but unlikely points on the road. 

Life may seem rather gloomy now in B71, but casting our minds back to our last meeting with Tottenham in November, it was only a Harry Kane late winner that gave the London giants all three points. Without the injured Kane, could the Baggies put up a real fight again and really give the fans something to smile about? I doubt it, but here’s hoping.

Spurs’ form has been poor recently though, recording just two wins in ten league games. A win for Mourinho’s men would see them jump from ninth currently, to sixth, as a result of their game in hand on Chelsea.  

For Albion, a win would make our miserable position slightly brighter, bringing us within seven points of Burnley, after Brighton gave themselves some breathing room with a huge win away at Anfield on Wednesday night. 

It seems unlikely, but our performances so far against the ‘bigger’ teams in the league should give us some hope of a performance at least. Our fate looks all but sealed in the Championship next year, but a gutsy performance away to a top club would put a much-needed smile on some Baggies faces. 

West Brom’s Team News and Predicted XI

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At least the team news this week might give us something to get excited about. 

Allardyce could hand debuts to Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Okay Yokuslu, following Okay’s work permit being granted. These two could bring in some much-needed energy into a clearly tired and disillusioned squad. 

Grady Diangana is also closing in on a return to our matchday squad, after five weeks out of the action due to hamstring trouble. It is still doubtful, however, whether we will see him return against Spurs. 

The team could be quite different then this week, with the addition of some new faces. The 4-4-1-1 approach we have seen various times under Allardyce against the bigger teams may be the desired formation, to try and cope with the attacking threat Spurs pose. 

Johnstone, as always, will be between the sticks, behind a back four of Townsend, Bartley, Ajayi and O’Shea. 

In midfield we could see a flat four of Robinson and Snodgrass, joined by the two new boys Yokuslu and Maitland-Niles. After a prolonged period in the team, this may see Livermore dropped to the bench, for a much-needed rest and some added energy into the centre of our midfield. 

Pereira could be sat in an attacking midfield role, behind our new frontman Diagne. 

Albion’s Predicted XI: (4-4-1-1)

Score Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Brom

As much as we’d love to nick a 1-0 win, we’ve gone with our head rather than our heart on this one. Despite their recent poor form, Spurs will need a win against us, and their quality should eventually tell. 


Spurs’ Team News and Predicted XI (by Mitch Thorne)

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Spurs welcome the Baggies to N17 having lost three straight Premier League games for the first time since 2012. Jose Mourinho’s men currently look shaky at the back with costly individual errors continuing to lead to defeats.

Spurs have also looked clueless in front of goal recently, after the talismanic Harry Kane limped off at half-time against Liverpool. 

Pressure will be mounting on top scorer Son Heung-Min to rediscover his early season form for Sunday’s lunchtime kick off. The South Korean has been involved in 16 goals in his last 15 games against promoted sides; a run he will be looking to extend against West Brom.

Spurs fans will be desperate for three points and a performance filled with attacking intent after the recent lethargic defeats. Mourinho himself will feel that in order to remain in the hunt for a Champions League spot, this is a must-win game for his side. 

The Lilywhites remain without Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso, whilst Dele Alli and Harry Kane are expected to stay sidelined for Albion’s visit.

Mourinho has yet to settle on a preferred formation, tinkering between a 3-5-2 and a 4-2-3-1. His lack of trust in his centre-back options remains a concern and there is likely to be changes to the Spurs side that slipped to a 0-1 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday.

Spurs’ Predicted XI: (4-2-3-1)

Score Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Brom

Putting my optimistic hat on and our bad run behind us, I’ll go with Spurs 2-0 West Brom.