After the flat uninspired performance against Watford, Spurs really need to up their game, and win today at the Hawthorns.
Usually this is the type of side who sit deep, defending well, and looking to score on the break, or from set-pieces, but fortunately for Spurs today WBA have to win, so hopefully they will be playing an unfamiliar formation and tactics, which should help Spurs to get more goalscoring chances.
As for team selection, I would prefer to see Lucas Moura playing out wide, instead of Son, as he has a lot of pace, and can give Spurs more balls into the box etc.
I don’t want to see Lamela playing at all, he seems to constantly over do his runs, always trying to beat one player to many, and too often gets into scrapes with opposing players. This game will not suit him at all, for the same reason, I am worried that Dele Alli might lose his rag, as WBA are a very physical side, and this game means so much for them. However Alli should play of course, but this will not be an easy game for Spurs at all, as WBA games against Manchester United, and Liverpool have shown how they have improved lately.
Spurs should not adopt slow build-up play, but use the speed of Moura, and the deffence splitting passes of both Alli and Eriksen, to open up WBA, and hopefully Harry Kane will bury any chances that come his way.
I would be even more amazed than usual, if Mauricio Pochettino plays Sissoko at any stage, he’s had more than his fair share of chances, and that typical terrible miss against Watford, should have been his last in a Spurs shirt.
Our deffence has on the main looked okay, and as long as we press them high and have most of the possession, WBA should find it hard to break them down.
The main danger I can see for Spurs, is obviously ‘set pieces ‘, they’ve got some tall players, and that’s where any goals from them will come from.
In conclusion, if Spurs play fast attacking football they can win, but if they play this slow passing game, I am worried that it could end in a draw.
I’ll be positive now, and say that Spurs will turn on the style, liked they showed earlier in the season, against the likes of Real Madrid and the home game against Liverpool, and win by a bigger margin than 2-1.
Of course the most important thing is we get all 3 points, but I would like to see Spurs play very well and score more freely than they have lately.
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