This weekend sees West Bromwich Albion take on Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur in what should be an intriguing game.
Despite losing 1-0 away at Liverpool in their last Premier League game, Albion will have taken many positives from that game.
For large periods, West Brom were well in it and every time they went forward they always looked a threat.
This will have pleased Roberto Di Matteo and I’m sure he will be optimistic about his side’s chances of getting something out of the game against Spurs.
Even though West Brom lost at Anfield, the attitude the players showed was terrific.
This is the kind of attitude and commitment that the fans and everyone associated with West Brom want to see from the players from now till the end of the season.
Is now a good time to play Redknapp’s side? Yes
Spurs will definitely have one eye on their Champions League away clash at Werder Bremen next Tuesday. Tottenham are also going into this weekend’s game on the back of a shock 1-0 loss at home to Wigan Athletic.
However The Baggies as well as the fans should not underestimate Tottenham.
With Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe on form, West Brom will have to be on their toes to keep these two quiet. Bale has continued where he left off from last season and the Welshman scored a peach of a goal at Stoke earlier this season.
Spurs have in my opinion a quality squad but that does not mean they are unbeatable. They are great going forward but they are also suspect at the back.
Heurelho Gomes is still prone to making goalkeeping errors and Benoit Assou-Ekotto didn’t exactly have the best of games against Wigan.
If West Brom come out guns blazing and can get at the Spurs defence from the first whistle, then there is no reason why Di Matteo’s side can’t come out of the game with three points.
The Baggies have to take their chances when they come otherwise they could come to rue those missed opportunities come the end of the season.
However from what I have seen in the last two games, I am optimistic that West Bromwich Albion will be a Premier League club next season. But it is too early in the season to be making predictions as to who will be relegated.
Personally I think we will get a clear picture as to who will be fighting it out to survive come the 10 game mark. The three newly-promoted teams are always the three teams that are dead certs to go down.
But from what we have seen so far, all three sides haven’t done badly and even Blackpool are playing some good football.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s game, Albion will fancy their chances of getting something and who knows possibly three points.
West Brom’s home form is going to be so crucial this season and if The Baggies can get at least a point against Tottenham then I’m sure the players and fans will be happy.
However I think Spurs are there for the taking and they are beatable. It will be interesting to see how Redknapp’s side react after their defeat at home to Wigan.
We should be in for a cracking game on Saturday.