Gary Megson v Mauricio Pochettino, who needs the three points more?
Mauricio Pochettino will want his squad to secure three points this weekend, when Gary Megson and West Brom visit Spurs at Wembley.
There have been a few unnecessary points lost at Wembley. In turgid ties with Burnley and Swansea, and the last minute winner needlessly given to titleholders Chelsea. In contrast to last season, where North Londoners Tottenham were unbeaten at now demolished White Hart Lane. Gary Megson will be looking to beat the odds, and grab at least a point.
After the bitter loss last weekend to arch enemy Arsenal, points are crucial. Pochettino will need to make sure his players are now grounded. Following their emphatic comeback against Dortmund midweek, to seal top spot Champion League Group H, complacency will cost.
It’s back to the business of winning all clashes at temporary home Wembley, with no wasted points.
That run of draws last season enhanced the gap between themselves and the top of the table. Spurs know that if they intend to launch a serious challenge for top place, these games must be won. The table will be unforgiving, with Arsenal are just one point behind them.
Spurs are hoping to take advantage of both poor recent form of the Baggies, and the power shift at the Hawthorns. Struggling West Brom early this week sacked Tony Pulis. The first time ever in his managerial career, after three years at the Baggie’s helm.
Alderweireld out for at least a month
Pochettino still has some injury issues despite the return of captain Hugo Lloris, goal ace Harry Kane, and Dele Alli. Toby Alderweireld will be out for at least month. It’s likely that Davinson Sanchez will return to play centrally, flanked by Jan Vertonghen, and Kieran Trippier.
Mousa Dembele, brought on at the weekend, still struggles with a foot problem, has also not been mentioned, will likely be benched.
Though left-back Danny Rose is back in his shirt, he is not yet quite up to pace. It remains to be seen if he starts ahead of Ben Davies. He admitted he was upset at not starting the North London Derby.
Victor Wanyama is still unavailable with a knee injury. Though Erik Lamela is back playing for the under 23’s, after a year out of the squad it’s unlikely he’ll start.
For caretaker West Brom manager Gary Megson, it’s a tough outing. He will be hoping the once decent defense can return. They have had a disastrous run, and are hovering just above the drop zone.
Megson will be frustrated that ex-Spurs Nacer Chadli, the creativity of the Baggies has suffered a major hamstring injury. Considering Craig Dawson has a knee injury, and James Morisson will remain out until the end of the year. It really with me a tough ask for Gary Megson. He will be relying on the likes of Jake Livermore to boost the team after the weeks events.
Jay Rodriguez is West Brom’s best chance to find goals. However, he has been out of sorts netting only twice. His side have gained just ten points from twelve games. Teammates managing only seven more between them.
The usual speculation mounts, as who will succeeds Pulis. Favourites include Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce, and Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.
Gary Megson; “This is not an audition for me”
Gary Megson will be looking add valuable points, perhaps to add to his own C.V as well as the team tally. He has insisted though he is not trying out for the main role. He told the Daily Telegraph;
“This is absolutely not an audition for me, while everyone aspires to the Premier league, these are most unfortunate circumstances…Now we have a chain of events that require me to take charge of the team. For however long it is. I’ve taken nearly 700 games as manager, so hopefully West Brom realise I know what I’m doing.”
When asked about Saturday’s away trip to Wembley to face Tottenham, he replied “It makes the games against the super powers even harder.”
Megson is looking to lead Albion to their first league win since August. Three points further away from the relegation zone. A good day at the office for Gary Megson, if this was the case.
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion kicks off on Saturday November 25th at Wembley Stadium.
07 September, 2017
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