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8 Things You Need To Know: West Brom vs Tottenham Hotspur

  • Roy Hodgson praised Shane Long and Zoltan Gera praised after game, and Geras covered more ground than any other Baggies player with 10,176 metres, but it’s Jerome Thomas who saw his performance rewarded with a place in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Team of the Week. Thomas opened the scoring with his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season.
  • Baggies top scorer Shane Long hit his fourth goal of the season in their last outing, an impressive return from just 13 attempts at goal.
  • Jonas Olsson’s performance in that game saw him overtake Richard Dunne as the player to have made the most defensive contributions so far this season (98 across tackles, blocks, interceptions and clearances)
  • Luca Modric completed 57 passes in his opponent’s half in the game against Aston Villa, the highest number of any player in last week’s round of games and third highest total posted so far this season and an average of one every 1 minute 36 seconds. Spurs dominance in that game was such that the second and third ranked players for passes completed in the opponent’s half in last week’s games were team mates Benoit Assou-Akotto (44) and Scott Parker (43).
  • Despite Aston Villa playing two right backs against Bale, with defensive players in the right back and right mid positions, Bale still provided the crosses for both of Adebayor’s goals. Bale was named in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Team of the Week and his good form has seen him move up to 14th in the overall rankings.
  • Bale has scored four goals from 30 attempts with 53% on target and also contributed three assists, putting in 25 crosses and completing 33 dribbles.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor scored both Spurs’ goals against Aston Villa in their last outing, including a spectacular overhead kick. Those goals edged him in to the Team of the Week above North London rival Robin van Persie. Adebayor is now ranked 10th overall in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index having hit five goals from 29 efforts at goal with 62% on target.
  • Scott Parker covered more ground than any other Spurs player in the game against Aston Villa with 10,379 metres. That’s the second time in a row he has topped the distance charts for Spurs.
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