Tottenham Hotspur missed out on the opportunity of clawing three points back from the two Manchester clubs lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday when they squandered a 1-0 lead to Swansea, but still it was a point gained and they aren’t out of the title race yet. They have a game in hand on their rivals and if they were to pick up a victory there they would be only three points behind and a professional win tonight at home to West Brom would certainly keep them in the mix.
Manager Harry Redknapp has spoken today of the England job, if it were to be offered to him, as one that would be extremely difficult to turn down but one would wonder why he would be even interested in taking it with Spurs flying so high. They are in a great position to be back in the Champions League and play among the best attractive football in the division.
Another man previously (and still in some quarters) spoken of as potential England manager is West Brom boss Roy Hodgson who has made the Baggies a hard-working and importantly points obtaining Premier League outfit. Tonight they have chance to seek revenge on the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham last month and they do so knowing they have a better record away from home with four wins on the road this season, including a great performance recently at St. James’s Park.
Spurs midfielder Scott Parker had to come off against Swansea after picking up a knee injury and he will face a late fitness test. Tom Huddlestone is definitely sidelined but Ledley King and Aaron Lennon could both return however.
West Brom’s skipper Chris Brunt also came off in their last fixture against Everton and is not expected to field. Shane Long (back) is also a doubt, whilst defender Jonas Olsson misses out with a calf strain.
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