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Friday Hoddle of Coffee, Weekend Preview, January 13, 2017

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The dolphin is returning to White Hart Lane.

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Last time we faced West Bromwich Albion it was the beginning of our worst stretch of the season. Beginning with West Brom, Spurs had an eight game stretch in which we went 2-4-2, taking only 10 points from a possible 24.

That run seems to be behind us now, but this game will be an interesting test. So far Spurs have used the 3-4-3 formation in four league games—two against relegation candidates in Hull and Watford and two against top four challengers in Arsenal and Chelsea.

Assuming we play the 3-4-3 this Saturday, it will be the first time we use it against a team that is firmly mid-table. Given that there are really only four or five hard relegation candidates (Hull, Swansea, Sunderland, Palace, Watford in my book, maybe Burnley or Middlesbrough but I doubt it) and five rivals for top four, that leaves half the league in roughly the same place West Brom is: Not a relegation candidate, not a rival for top four. If the 3-4-3 is a permanent solution for us, then it needs to work against teams like the Baggies.

How are y’all feeling? I’m cautiously hopeful. I think the 3-4-3 will make it easier for our defenders to help in the attack and I think our home form trumps WBA’s hideous football. 2-0 win for us, I think. How about you?