I dont like the Throstles, well to be more specific, I don’t like Tony Pulis and his team’s, and I don’t like James McClean either. I don’t like how they scraped a couple of draws against us last year when we were clearly the better team. Strength and brawn and a dollop of luck and crash bang wallop they turn us over. McClean does possess more than a modicum of skill and speed but he also possesses more than a touch of the Charlie Adam about him capable of leaving a studded boot in a bit too long. How he doesn’t get sent off and booked more than he does I don’t know. Raking studs down shins and Achilles heels must be legal these days. If Trippier is selected ahead if walker today, I think McClean will over-power and physically dominate Trips. From 2012/13 season we have only beaten The Throstles twice, both away from home. Mind you we have only lost the once and that was at home. The rest being draws. Not a great record. Rondon and Fletcher are supposedly concerns for the Albion, but Pulis is a master at fitness deception. Grrrr!

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For Spurs Kane and Dembele are still out but with seven games in 23 days and away to Leverkusen on Tuesady I’m expecting lots of rotation. Sonny and Lamela have a lot of travelling to do too. I will be expecting Janssen to play up front for that reason alone. Will Poch stay with a 4:1:4:1 formation or return to 4:2:3:1 is anyone’s guess but will also have a bearing on the team selection I suppose. If Rose is rested, then it could well be a Davies/Trippier combo at FB and I fear for Trips against McClean. Will Dier regain his place with Wanyama rested for Germany. Winks may well get the nod ahead of Onomah (guessing here) and I am expecting Sissoko to play with Lamela on the bench. Dele to make the fourth behind Janssen if a 4:1:4:1 formation. We will soon find out. Oh, btw, Dele scored a cracker up there last season. Here’s hoping for a repeat.

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I also don’t like the international break especially when Spurs are on a run and have momentum.
Now we have to ‘start’ again. If we played Albion right after the Citeh game I’d comfortably predict a 2-0 victory for the mighty Spurs, however there is a lot of imponderables, but as Spurs are no longer supposed to be Spursy I’ll stick with that and put a £1 bet on SkyBet. But just incase think I may just stick another £1 on a 1-1 draw. Wouldn’t be too surprised with either result.

For a full bells and whistle and proper job pre-view go to:
http://www.spursodyssey.com/1617/prevpackwba.html

previous results Vrs Albion via 11v11

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