Spurs versus West Brom: (match preview)
Without a win in 11 games managerless West Brom seem like the perfect team for Pochettino’s side to face on Saturday. However, that is on paper and as we all know no game in the premier league can be taken for granted. Following the sacking of struggling Baggies manager Tony Pulis last Monday following their 4-0 home thrashing to Chelsea, Gary Megson who will take temporary charge of the baggies for their trip to Wembley will be in the dugout. As Spurs look to carry on the momentum from there glorious champions league outing in Dortmund, in midweek. It’s been almost three months since Spurs last played a game at there temporary home, the 2-0 Derby day defeat to Arsenal still fresh in the memory, Pochettino will be desperate for his side to pick up maximum points on Saturday, to keep up with the high flying Manchester City who’s lead at the top of the table currently stands at 8 points. I was sorry to see Pulis leave West Brom, his a manager who I have a lot of respect and he managed to build the baggies into a really solid and structured side during his three year tenure. Salomon Rondon is the baggies target man whilst the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Matt Phillips provide the creativity with in the side. In addition winger James McClean who has only started two league games this season, is a real handful down the left flank with his searing pace and energy, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player with a better stamina. If we start well and play with confidence then I think there will be only one outcome from the game. COYS
My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris(c), Sanchez, Dier, Vertonghen, Trippier, Dembele, Winks, Davies, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.
Subs from: Vorm, Foyth, Aurier, Rose, Son, Llorente, Nkoudou.
My score prediction: 5-0 to Spurs courtesy of a brace from Kane, a goal for Son and one for Eriksen.
Absentees: Alderweireld, Wanyama.
One to watch: Jay Rodriguez is a player who Pochettino holds in high esteem, having managed him at Southampton he’ll know what the talented forward is capable of going forward with the ball and creating, a very talented player who Spurs will have to be wary of.