Tottenham v West Brom – Match preview and team news

Tottenham and West Brom come into this clash at White Hart Lane on the back of vastly different opening day experiences last weekend.

Tottenham opened their season with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Newcastle at the Sports Direct Arena. Despite a performance that gained some plaudits, Jermain Defoe’s close range striker was not enough to get Andre Villas-Boas his first points as Spurs Head Coach.

West Brom on the other hand helped themselves to a 3-0 home victory over Liverpool, goals coming from Zoltan Gera, Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku.

From that line-up Steve Clarke is not expected to make any changes, with no new injury worries – therefore a loose 4-5-1/4-3-3 with James Morrison behind lone front-man Shane Long, supported wider by Odemwingie and Gera, is likely to be the order of the day.

Tottenham do have changes from their line-up, with two new signings set to debut. Defender Jan Vertonghen comes in as a direct replacement for Younes Kaboul (knee), and Emmanuel Adebayor starts his first game for Spurs sincee signing a permanent £5m deal on Tuesday. Luka Modric is still out of contention for a place with a move to Real Madrid looming.

As a result, Defoe is expected to drop to the bench, and Rafael van der Vaart will be pushing for a first team spot with Gylfi Sigurdsson after Villas-Boas reported the Dutchman’s fitness to have improved during the week.

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