60 min Kane picks up a loose ball on the edge of the area, moves forward and hits a low drive that is crucially blocked by O’Shea. I think that was going in.
59 min Reguilon’s awkward, wobbling long-range strike goes straight at Johnstone, who takes no chances and punches it away.
58 min Doherty pings a flat cross towards Bale, whose stooping header is blocked by Livermore. The pressure is mounting.
57 min Spurs are getting increasingly frustrated. They’ve been crap today, frankly, though you’d still expect them to find a winner given their attacking quality.
55 min “Ha, I need to keep up (49th minute),” says Simon McMahon. “News travels slow here, somebody mentioned a new coronavirus to watch out for …”
Wait until you hear about Bobby Ewing’s shower.
55 min Bale’s deep, inswinging free-kick is headed over by Kane. He was under a lot of pressure, and was falling backwards, so it wasn’t really a chance.
52 min Bale is flattened by O’Shea, who hurts himself in the process. West Brom’s tackling today has been zestful, though Jose Mourinho might choose a different word.
50 min Excellent play for Kane, who turns Bartley on the right and lobs a cross towards Bale at the far post. He slides onto the ball but can only poke it well wide; it was a half chance at best.
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49 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “If Spurs do win and go top, I’m fully expecting Mourinho to immediately tweet ‘STOP THE LEAGUE’ and declare himself and his team champions. And even if Spurs don’t win the league this season, I’m looking forward to his speech declaring them the winners anyway, if you only count ‘legal’ goals.”
That is so Friday night.
47 min Krovinovic’s outswinging corner is headed a few yards wide by O’Shea. That was a decent chance because he got between two defenders and had a clear jump at the ball.
46 min Peep peep! West Brom begin the second half. No changes on either side.
“Spurs look organised and disciplined, but slow,” says Ron Stack. “Could their schedule be catching up to them?”
I just think it’s been a sluggish performance, and also that West Brom haven’t given Son any space to run into. Spurs could easily snap out of it – they were hopeless at Southampton for 40 minutes and ended up winning 5-2. I bet Jose Mourinho is giving them a brollocking as we speak.
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Half time: West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Peep peep! So far so good for West Brom, who have frustrated Spurs with a disciplined and vigorous defensive performance. Son missed a great chance at one end, Eric Dier headed off the line at the other. The second half will surely be more eventful.
44 min Bartley is booked for taking a shortcut through the back of Harry Kane.
43 min “Not a Spurs fan but admire the remarkable consistency of Son and Kane,” says Niall O’Keeffe. “Both in the top 10 in the EPL in my opinion. Fancy Jose to guide them to the Premiership this season.”
I think that will be beyond them, even if Son and Kane stay fit, but they do have an outside chance. And I think they’ll win one of the cups.
42 min This is a decent spell of pressure for Spurs, probably their best of the half.
40 min Ndombele’s excellent cross from the right is cleared by Bartley at the near post. Kane went down under challenge from Livermore, but I don’t think there was anything in it.
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38 min A few of the Spurs players, and Jose Mourinho, are unhappy with West Brom’s physicality. Reguilon goes down holding his face after an aerial challenge with Furlong. The referee saw nothing wrong.
38 min “Hey Rob,” says J.R. in Illinois. “It’s all happening this weekend, eh?. It started badly Friday with the crushing blow of Ireland getting knocked out of the World Cup (of Darts). Then we had a Saturday that is the beginning of the end of a very long four years (don’t get me wrong though, we’re still in deep doo doo), And today my Baggies get a chance to ruin the dastardly Jose Mourinho’s day. What a time to be alive.”
37 min Johnstone comes for the corner and doesn’t get there, but he gets away with it.
36 min Ndombele plays a return pass to Reguilon, who hares towards the area and is very well tackled by Ajayi. Corner to Spurs on the left…
35 min Gareth Bale has been very quiet, although you could say the same about Kane and Son. West Brom could do with scoring now while they are on top, because the second half surely won’t be as comfortable.
34 min After nice play from Robinson, who has been excellent, Livermore sprays a drive over the bar from 25 yards.
33 min West Brom are the better team at the moment; on the touchline, Jose Mourinho has the face on.
30 min Krovinovic’s deep free-kick is headed over the bar by Bartley. He was trying to nod it back towards the far post but got too much on the ball.
28 min Spurs have been poor so far. West Brom are squeezing the game very effectively.
26 min: Fine defending from Dier! Robinson breaks into space down the left, reaching the byline before flipping a lovely cross over Lloris. Grant, at the far post, is about to head the ball into the net from a yard when Dier leaps to flick it away.
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24 min Slaven Bilic will be pretty happy with how the match has gone so far. Spurs have been a bit sluggish and have only created that one clear chance for Son.
22 min Kane’s lofted pass is just too heavy for Reguilon, who would have been through on goal.
20 min Ndombele is fouled just outside the D by Gallagher, but the referee waves play on. Jose Mourinho is not thrilled.
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20 min This is a good spell for West Brom, who look sprightly on the counter-attack. Furlong breaks into the area and is well tackled by Reguilon.
18 min: Good chance for West Brom! Furlong’s terrific cross from the right is headed well wide by the stretching Grant. I think he mistimed his jump; either way the ball skimmed off his head and went out for a throw-in.
17 min Bale concedes a corner on the West Brom left. Krovinovic’s corner leads to another, this time on the right. Hojbjerg heads it away.
13 min Robinson cuts the ball towards Gallagher, whose shot is blocked by Reguilon. Spurs break dangerously and 10 seconds later Son misses a great chance. Kane and Ndombele combined neatly to find him in a criminal amount of space 10 yards from goal. Son almost had too much time – he waited an age before hitting a left-footed shot that was blocked by Ajayi.
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10 min West Brom are working really hard defensively, and so far have kept Spurs at arm’s length. It hasn’t been the greatest start to the game.
7 min Doherty’s low cross is put behind by Townsend for the first corner of the match. Son’s delivery is poor and Gallagher heads clear.
5 min Lots of early possession for Spurs, as you’d expect. So far it has all been in front of the West Brom defence.
2 min Lloris makes a comfortable save from Robinson’s low drive.
1 min Peep peep! After both sets of players stand for a Remembrance Sunday tribute, Spurs get the game underway. They’re wearing their yellow change strip; West Brom are in blue and white.
West Brom are looking for their first win in the league this season. They’ve played well enough in some games, especially the 3-3 draw with Chelsea, but they were dismal in the 2-0 defeat at Fulham on Monday.
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West Brom are without Matheus Pereira and Branislav Ivanovic, who have both tested positive for Covid-19, while Grady Diangana has been dropped to the bench. Gareth Bale, who scored the winner against Brighton last weekend, starts his first Premier League game since returning to Spurs.
West Brom (3-5-2) Johnstone; Bartley, O’Shea, Ajayi; Furlong, Gallagher Livermore, Krovinovic, Townsend; Grant, Robinson.
Substitutes: Button, Gibbs, Peltier, Phillips, Diangana, Sawyers, Edwards.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg; Bale, Ndombele, Son; Kane.
Substitutes: Hart, Rodon, Aurier, Davies, Lo Celso, Lucas Moura, Vinicius.
Referee Andy Madley.
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Morning. Jose Mourinho’s second home used to be 1 Premier League. He spent most of his time there, looking down at the unspecial ones going about their mundane business. In the last few years, he has become one of them. Since winning the title with Chelsea in 2014-15, Mourinho has only been top of the Premier League for a few weeks, at the start of his first two seasons with Manchester United. But if Spurs win at struggling West Brom today, he will return to his old residence.
It might only be for a few hours, but it would support the growing feeling that Spurs could make a surprise title challenge this season. They need Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to stay fit and maintain their spectacular form, but a Spurs challenge is much more conceivable than when they started the season with that dismal defeat at home to Everton.
Let’s be honest, most of us thought Mourinho’s days of challenging for the biggest trophies were over. If he does win the Premier League for the fourth time, there will be quite an acceptance speech.
Kick off 12pm.
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