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.