FT: Tottenham 1 West Brom 1

Tottenham 1 West Brom 1. Albion will be the happier of the two sides, and could've banked three Boxing Day points if they had been more clinical with some good chances. Spurs are a work in progress under Sherwood, though, and played with more fluency and freedom than under Villas-Boas.

Chiriches threads a fine throughball to Rose on the left, but his cross is too close to Foster, who dives on the ball to ensure it's a well-earned point for his team.

Spurs are pushing hard but their final ball is not good enough. Daniel Levy not looking too happy from the stands.

We've got four minutes of added time here at the Lane.

Lamela is looking lively and goes down under a challenge from Morrison - no foul given though.

We're entering the dying stages now and Albion are hanging on grimly. Spurs pushing hard for a winner.

Soldado is tackled brilliantly by Olsson in the box, then gets a booking for a rash challenge on the giant centre-back.

Reid gets a cross in after an Albion counter-attack - but Lloris catches the ball easily. Looking like a draw this one.

Vydra gets a well-earned rest after a solid shift, with Berahino getting his chance to be a hero for Albion.

Rose has shown great endeavour from left-back and earns a corner which is flicked inches wide of the upright by Soldado.

Albion win a corner after more hesitant defending from Chiriches, but fail to make it count.

No real sense of urgency from either side, but Soldado latches onto Rose's cross and turns a backheel towards goal but with no pace and it trickles off target.

Lamela flights a superb pass to the far post, where Sigurdsson steers a header into the sidenetting.

Sessegnon comes on for Gera, who is building his way back to full fitness and impressed for Albion today.

Soldado steers a headed chance wide of the target.

Lamela also enters the fray, replacing Chadli, who has had a stinker of a game.

Amalfitano is the man to make way for Mulumbu, who will sit alongside Yacob and allow Morrison to support Vydra.

Looks like Mulumbu is coming on for Albion. He's a holding midfielder but does have an eye for goal.

Reid is lucky to still be on the pitch after that wild tackle on Rose - he was already on a yellow so was lucky to get a warning from the ref. Maybe Olsson took a card for the team.

Walker smashes a 35-yard thrunderbolt towards the Albion goal and Foster parries it for a corner.

Reid mistimes a strong challenge with Rose but gets a talking to, while Olsson gets booked for dissent.

Lamela is warming up on the touchline - likely to get a chance as not many Spurs midfielders impressing too much.

Chadli hangs a cross into the box from the right flank but it's easy for Foster - no conviction in the cross at all.

Amalfitano drags Walker out of touch and gets away with a talking to - was a bit naughty that.

Holtby makes way for Bentaleb, who impressed from the bench against Southampton.

Holtby's left-footed shot from 18 yards is dragged wide of the target.

The visitors are starting to boss proceedings - so Sherwood may have to make some changes fairly soon.

Vydra outmuscles Chiriches and pulls the ball back into the dangerzone, where Dawson intercepts with Morrison waiting.

Adebayor strays offside from Dawson's long punt forward - quite poor forward play to be caught out like that.

Kyle Walker sees yellow after tugging on Ridgwell's shirt. Means he'll miss the next game against Stoke. Silly booking.

Amalfitano's cross into the box from the right finds Gera, who uses his thigh to steer the ball towards goal but lacks pace and Lloris saves easily.

Reid's effort beats the wall and is on target - but is punched away by a flying Lloris...one for the cameras that.

Chiriches lunges in and takes down Vydra to give away a free-kick in the spot from where Eriksen scored. Reid standing over it.

Dawson tries to get his head on the corner but Gera clears with his knee before Spurs win a third corner on the trot.

Walker wins a corner from Ridgewell with a fine run.

Soldado's cross is cleared for a corner by Olsson - then Albion manage to clear the danger before Rose has a crack from 25 yards, with his left-footed strike whistling just over the crossbar.

Chadli turns on a six pence but the ball overruns and is cleared

The home fans finally find their voice to try and stir Spurs into life

Spurs will be hoping to see more of a partnership from Adebayor and Soldado - and Chadli is on borrowed time.

The second half is underway, with no changes for either side.

Pepe Mel is reportedly in the crowd at White Hart Lane. He is believed to be close to signing a two-year contract to become West Brom manager, succeeding the sacked Steve Clarke.

James Pinnegar predicted a 2-1 scoreline before the game - so that's on as we speak.

Tottenham 1 West Brom 1. It's a tale of two set-pieces at the Lane, where Eriksen's sublime curling free-kick was cancelled out by Olsson's stabbed effort from an Albion set-piece which wasn't dealt with by the home defence.

Spurs end the half pushing for another goal, but Chadli's shot is terrible and then at the other end, Morrison drags a right-footed strike wide of the target.

Adebayor overhits an attempted pass to Chadli, who stopped his run.

Eriksen's swerving shot is parried away by Foster after good build-up play from Rose on the left.

Gera finds Morrison with a great pass, and the Scot plays the ball into the box but overhits it slightly for the sliding Vydra.

The scoreline is probably right on the balance of play - and whereas Tottenham's goal was a piece of genius, Albion's was down to poor defending.

1-1 West Brom - Olsson stabs home from close range after Spurs fail to clear a free-kick into the box.

1-0 Tottenham - Christian Eriksen. Holtby runs over the set-piece and Eriksen's right-footed effort curls around the wall and goes in off the underside of the crossbar.

The referee awards a free-kick to Spurs about 25 yards from goal after Morrison challenges Walker.

Eriksen's ball in is cleared well by Ridgewell. Albion looking well drilled as a defensive unit.

Yacob fouls Chadli for a free-kick on the right flank for Spurs.

Ridgewell bravely blocks Soldado's shot, which goes for a corner, which comes to nothing for the hosts.

Reid goes into the book after blocking Adebayor.

MASSIVE CHANCE! Vydra steers a headed chance from close range wide of the target. Should have scored.

Vydra does well to earn a free-kick from Dawson.

Spurs are probing well - but Chadli has been hugely ineffective so far and can't get into the game.

Olsson is taking a break as he recovers his senses - he's a huge player in the Albion defence and leaves the pitch before trotting back on.

Sigurdsson lets fly with a 25-yard shot that smacks Olsson right in the face and floors him. Brave defending!

A loose pass from Holtby gives Albion a throw-in in the Spurs half - the home crowd are pretty quiet too. Too much turkey for everyone?

Spurs are having to be patient but are seeing plenty of the ball as Vydra is not really able to hold up the ball for Albion up top.

Soldado is caught from behind in a crunching tackle from Dawson - should have been booked but gets some festive forgiveness.

Quite an open game this and Spurs are moving the ball around with freedom - but the 4-4-2 formation leaves them a little exposed in the middle of the park.

Vydra breaks the offside trap and is through one on one - but Lloris does brilliantly and snuffs out the danger with a great save.

Chadli's cross from the right flank is chested wide for a corner by Dawson, with Adebayor waiting behind him.

Keith Downing will be the happier of the two managers after the opening stages. Albion look dangerous on the break, with Gera impressing for the visitors.

Chiriches looks like a weak link in the Tottenham defence and is too indecisive on the ball.

From the corner, Lugano tries an acrobatic overhead kick in the box but the effort flies inches over the crossbar.

Rose's cross is well defended by Olsson, then a counter-attack from Albion leads to a chance for Vydra, whose low shot is well saved by Lloris for a corner.

Sigurdsson shoots high and wide from a corner when a cross into the box might have posed more danger.

Both teams lose possession in a scrappy passage of play - but Soldado is enjoying having a partner up top with him.

Rose curls in a cross from the left but there's no-one there - then Soldado is flagged offside as he tries to set up Adebayor.

Albion are having plenty of midfield possession and play through Vydra into a one on one - but the offside flag goes up.

Good patient build-up play from Albion comes to nothing but will give the travelling fans some hope.

At the other end, Holtby's shot takes a looping deflection towards the Albion goal but Foster catches comfortably.

Albion feeling their way into the game and Amalfitano goes down under a challenge from Holtby - no penalty though.

Holtby tries a direct pass to Adebayor but it's too long so Foster hoovers it up with ease.

If they could, Albion would've parked their bus on the pitch. They've turned up for a point, so it's down to Spurs to try and break them down.

Vydra is indeed playing a lone striker so faces a long afternoon.

Spurs bossing the early possession but Albion look well organised.

Spurs on top in the first minute, with Yacob intercepting a dangerous ball into the box from Holtby.

The game has kicked off - let's go!

It looks like Albion caretaker boss Keith Downing has plumped for a 5-4-1 formation.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against West Brom (W4 D3).

The Baggies have won only one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League away games (D4 L5).

Some stats for you: Tottenham are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games played on December 26 (W6 D2).

The players are in the tunnel and we'll see how they line-up when they're on the pitch. Spurs looks a straight 4-4-2.

David Newman has been in touch, saying: "Not sure about this team but when you consider the huge number of players out - Vertonghen, Paulino, Lennon, Townsend - Sherwood is obviously seeking his own best team and taking into account a lot of games in the next 2-3 weeks. But the spirit is back in the team and I reckon we will take West Brom for 3-1. Adabyor and Soldado to score."

Paul Merson has predicted a 2-0 victory for Spurs, saying: "I know Tim Sherwood, having played with him at Portsmouth and he is a winner, so I'm glad he has been given a chance and I think he will do well as head coach and get a win against West Brom."

Matej Vydra starts in a West Brom team that contains seven changes from the XI that drew 1-1 with Hull on Saturday.

Tim Sherwood makes two changes for his first match as permanent head coach of Tottenham. Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby come in for Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele while 18-year-old midfielder Milos Veljkovic is named on the substitutes' bench for the first time.

The referee for today's White Hart Lane clash is Anthony Taylor of Cheshire.

If you'd like to tell me your predictions and thoughts on the game, contact me at simon.wilkes2@bskyb.com or on Twitter @SimonJWilkes

West Brom XI: Foster, Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Reid, Gera, Morrison, Amalfitano, Vydra. Subs: Sinclair, Brunt, Myhill, Mulumbu, McAuley, Sessegnon, Berahino.

Spurs XI: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Chadli, Holtby, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado, Adebayor. Subs: Lamela, Capoue, Naughton, Friedel, Bentaleb, Fredericks, Veljkovic.

Merry Christmas everyone and welcome to our coverage of Tottenham versus West Brom in the Barclays Premier League. Kick-off is 1500 GMT and we'll have the teams shortly.

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