MF looks ahead to West Brom vs Spurs


William Gallas - Tottenham news

It’s the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon and the Boing Boing Baggies. Woy took over from Di Matteo halfway through last season with the target of keeping them up, a goal he achieved with some comfort in the end, nicking some notable results along the way including a 2-2 draw at WHL in April. Many saw Simon Cox’s late curled equaliser as the equivalent of time being called at the Hope of Champions League bar for us.

Things haven’t gone quite so well for West Brom this time around but they’re still lying tenth. Injuries plus fewer teams being caught unawares by the prowess of Brunt and Odemwingie mean that good results have had to be fought for, and fight is one thing I’m sure we can expect at the weekend. We will probably face a tougher game than on Monday night when Villa’s defensive approach and set up didn’t appear to have the full backing of the players who like a fighter there just to make the main draw look good did little but roll with the punches until the final bell.

With at least one day knocked off his normal recovery time, it’ll be interesting to see whether Ledley is able to start in this one. If not, then presumably William Gallas will make his first appearance of the season. Elsewhere, Van der Vaart’s hamstring/ankle was clearly bothering him at the end of Monday but like everyone else in the side I’m sure he’ll do his utmost to be fit given how much the players are obviously enjoying playing together at the moment. Kyle Walker needed treatment for his back after being flattened by Heskey but should be fit given that he carried on ok afterwards and played a full part in dismantling Villa’s left hand side.

Sandro must be champing at the bit to be allowed a full 90 minutes but like Defoe, Bassong and indeed the aforementioned Gallas he’ll probably have to wait until Wednesday’s important Europa League game against group leaders PAOK. Harry will want to play a strong team in the European game but not at the risk of chancing three points at the weekend I’m sure.

One bad omen is that Lee Probert is down to referee. This’ll be the fourth time he’s taken us this season and we’ve not won any of them. Oh no! The defeat at Old Trafford was followed by draws at the Britannia and the SportsDirect Arena.

The football was such on Monday that it’s left everyone gagging for more. West Brom will be organised and ready to face up to the challenge. As usual we’ll be looking to start at pace and nick an early lead. If we do that it’s a great chance keep the pressure on those around us. COYS.


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  1. I would like to see both JD & Sandro start this one. VDV & Scottie can warm the bench. This will give both these combinations a fair chance to participate & we can see the best in them, as they are both keen to start.
    With the Villa game, we have seen many a goal scoring chances go astray. We need to sharpen our pencils for this one as goal difference could be our saviour at the end of the season.

    • I like your sentiments, however, if it is tight, like the article is rightly expecting with Westbrom well organised under Roy, you'd probably want VDV's finishing on the the pitch to take advantage of good positions and breaks (of the ball, not counter attacks per se).

  2. Defoe deserves a game. As does Sandro. Otherwise, these 2 players will feel that they are not part of the team.

    Why start Van der Vaart and risk him aggravating his hamstring and be out for a longer time?

    Against West Brom, we would have to grind out a result. So hard-running and tacking would be key. Nobody does it better than Sandro!

  3. So far we haven't dropped a point to any team lower than 4th. I have never seen this before so I am on a high. I saw smiles on Spurs player faces during the Villa match. Is it my paranoia? A two goal lead can evaporate in a heart beat. Don't get careless and the three points will be in the bag.

  4. We need to give Sandro and Defoe a game and look after Van and Parker and King for the really big games coming up. However we must win and i am torn for this reason.Dropping points now after such a great run would hurt bad

  5. Yes i agree with the above take a leaf out of Fergies book an dont be afraid to bring in a couple of new faces to keep the lads on their toes. Sandro can get in Brazil side but not ours so WBA shouldnt faze him and if anyone deserves a rest its iron-man Parker. Jermaine in for VDV to give his hammies a rest. Next time 5 games are all winnable so we should be top at Xmas…. ;-D

  6. We tend to play a lot of volleyball at the beginning of these tough away games with our defense launching the ball over that high net on the centre line, while Modrić is left looking up in the air like a kid at a firework display. Give the lad the first half off, he's played a lot of footie lately, and we will probably need him Wednesday.

    • Are you suggesting we should play VDV first half and the sub him for Modric second half, presumably playing Parker and Sandro alongside each other? As VDV seems to fade after the first 30-45mins, this could be good idea.

      I think all the people saying that Harry should take a leaf out of Fergi's book are spot on! We're not talking about full blown rotation here, just giving some people a rest and others a bit of playing time.

      I do worry, for all those saying we should rest VDV and give Defoe the playing time he 'deserves', that they are underestimating how organised and difficult to break down this Westbrom side are. We're away from home too, and although they were victories with their merrits, our away games against Fulham and Blackburn recently weren't exactely convincing.

      If I were a betting man i'd regetably plump for a draw


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