Tottenham Hotspur vs West Brom preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Gareth Bale of Spurs celebrates scoring their 2nd goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 1, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to maintain their positive start to the campaign when they travel to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.

Spurs have won 10 of their 14 matches in all competitions so far and enter this weekend's action third in the division, two points off leaders and champions Liverpool.

West Brom are winless in seven matches since earning promotion back to the top-flight, leaving them inside the bottom three and in desperate need of a morale-boosting result. 

Slaven Bilic will be fully aware of the challenge his team are about to face, while Jose Mourinho will be expecting nothing else but three points. 

  • Team News

Tottenham should have Sergio Reguilon back from illness after he missed the Europa League clash with Ludogorets.

Erik Lamela (Achilles) and Serge Aurier (knock) also missed out and only the latter will be in contention at the Hawthorns.

Mourinho made six changes in Bulgaria and he will be expected to revert to his first-choice team, meaning the likes of Heung-Min Son and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should return.

Bilic has no new injury concerns ahead of Spurs’ visit to the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon.

Dara O'Shea is in contention to return to the backline after recovering from ankle trouble. Although given he has not featured for a month, the Republic of Ireland defender may not start.

  • Ones to watch

Tottenham: Gareth Bale

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Harry Kane and Son were the obvious picks here, but their talents are well documented – and if they do perform well on Sunday, it will be no surprise to anyone.

However, Gareth Bale has been slowly coming back to full fitness as he has started all three of their Europa League fixtures, while he has been brought on against West Ham and Brighton.

He went onto score the winner against the Seagulls in Spurs' last Premier League outing.

Despite the goal, the 31-year-old’s incredible return has yet to catch fire, but once he gains full fitness there is a big feeling that he will be a scary prospect. 

His afternoon in the West Midlands will be very telling, as after looking impressive in his last two showings – Mourinho might want to slide him in with Kane and Son from the start for the first time. 

Whether he gets 90 minutes or 20 minutes, Bale could be key in bringing some firepower into the Tottenham attack when breaking down West Brom’s deep low-block, which they are expected to deploy. 

If you care about stats, the Welshman scored the winning goal last time he faced West Brom in the Premier League (1-0 at the Hawthorns in February 2013).

West Brom: Jake Livermore

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Jake Livermore started his career at Spurs, going onto make 50 appearances but left in 2013 to Hull City.

He moved to West Brom in 2017, and he’s now made 147 appearances for the Baggies.

The 30-year-old has been ever-present this season, mainly doing the dirty work for Bilic’s side.

The English midfielder will need to be on the top of his game to nullify Spurs’ rhythm in their build-play, while also protecting his defence which will be under-fire for most of the affair.

Of course, attacking outlets like Karlan Grant, Matheus Pereira, and Grady Diaganna will have to shine on the counter-attack, but Livermore will be more in focus given West Brom’s need to hold firm and constantly shut out Spurs' stars.

  • Predicted Line Ups

Lloris; Doherty, Dier, Alderweireld, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele; Lucas, Kane, Son

Johnstone; Furlong, Ivanovic, Ajayi, Townsend; Gallagher, Livermore, Krovinovic; Diaganna, Pereira, Grant

  • How to watch

West Brom vs Tottenham will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office. Kick-off is at 12 pm.