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Premier Previews: Tottenham, West Brom, West Ham, Wigan

The 2012/13 Premier League season is now within touching distance. We prod another bony finger at it with the final part of our season preview...


Last season in a tweet
Mind the gap... oh

Positive changes
Harry Redknapp gone and Andre Villas-Boas appointed. A new era ushered in, with Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson quickly following suit.

Negative changes
Lack of one: no new striker. Spurs have needed one since Dimitar Berbatov left in 2008; Emmanuel Adebayor's loan was a temporary solution to a permanent problem. The Luka Modric fiasco runs it close, however.

FFT's bet partners Coral have Tottenham Hotspur 33/1 to win the Premier League, 7/2 to win a trophy

Who to follow on Twitter
Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs), who covers Spurs for âÂÂ#thfc I felt there was a subtle change to the midfield yesterday (more 4-3-3 than 4-2-3-1) but AVB told me he hadn't changed the system.."Failing that, Windy (@WindyCoys) is always worth a follow.

What to watch out for
Young Tom Carroll, who has been in superb form in pre-season. Showed glimpses of his potential in the Europa League last season and in an advanced role, continues to excel.

Ben McAleer(@2theLaneandBack) is a Spurs fan, blogger and freelance writer
For webwide Tottenham news, check FourFourTwo's Tottenham Hotspur news page



Last season in a tweet
#Poorstart, #better, #byeAppy, #Royheadbanging, #rarewinatStoke, #wo1ve5, #bestfinishsince79, #FA, #byeRoy, Rangnick, #hesnotcoming, #Clarke

Positive changes
West Bromwich Albion lowered season ticket prices. It might not get much exposure but it should do: the West Midlands remains in the throes of recession. On the field, Ben Foster's return has pleased the fans. Claudio Yacob is an Argentina international Wâ you don't get many of those pitching up in the Black Country. We await with intrigue.

Negative changes
Paul Scharner wasn't Albion's greatest player but he tapped into the club. He demanded a tour of the club's memorabilia collection during his first month â why the Hawthorns? where did The Baggies come from? â and he also took his family to the Black Country Museum to take in some local culture and heritage. His team-mates might not miss him â he could be outspoken when he wanted to be â but the media and supporters certainly will.

FFT's bet partners Coral have WBA 2000/1 to win the Premier League, 11/10 to finish above Aston Villa

Who to follow on Twitter
I was going to say @odemwingiep but I honestly have no idea what he's talking about half of the time. @Benfoster is a good bloke, while @liam_ridgewell has fond memories of his summer trip to #Marbs. For a mix of dry wit and information I recommend @stevenreid12. Sarcastic and funny, he's not one to take life too seriously â a refreshing change from some of the footballers elsewhere currently soiling our social media highway.

What to watch out for
Words of regret from Claudio Ranieri, surely? The former Chelsea boss was interviewed for the Baggies job but opted for Monaco. His loss: West Bromwich is in about to open one of the largest Tesco supermarkets in Europe. For Claudio's tears look up Steve Clarke's smile at a great chance to take a successful coaching career into 'management'. Otherwise, keep an eye out for Markus Rosenberg: he's Swedish and, weâÂÂre told, scores goals. 

Chris Lepkowski (@ChrisLepkowski) is the Birmingham Mail's WBA correspondent
For webwide West Brom news, check FourFourTwo's West Bromwich Albion news page


Last season in a tweet
Boring & good until January, boring & bad after, rewriting Grant-era history as 'The West Ham way'. Promotion placates fans for another year.

Positive changes
Mohamed Diame looks like being our best Bosman signing since Nolberto Solano, while Tomkins should gain confidence from Olympic recognition despite mixed performances.

Negative changes
The usual posturing with supposed multi-million interest in a striker we were never likely to sign (for Carroll 2012 see also Rémy 2010 and Gameiro 2011)

FFT's bet partners Coral have West Ham 2500/1 to win the Premier League, 4/1 to finish in the top 10

Who to follow on Twitter
One you probably don't follow already is @DadManClaret â expat West Ham fan who brings us the 'fortune's always hiding' philosophy, along with plenty of dry observations, from across the pond: âÂÂFootball is broken. It's July 6th and still nobody has linked us with Stephen Appiah.âÂÂ

What to watch out for
Young Australian striker Dylan Tombides took part in a recent reserve game as he continues his recovery from testicular cancer. Elsewhere, fellow teenagers Rob Hall and Dan Potts should see some first-term action this year.

Tom Victor (@TomVictor) is a journalist and editor of
For webwide West Ham news, check FourFourTwo's West Ham United news page


Last season in a tweet
â¨Championship-bound for most of the season, but belief and a canny change in formation saw us beat Arsenal, Man Utd and Newcastle in the greatest escape.

Positive change
With funds harder to come by than a decent pie down south, the Latics havenâÂÂt exactly splashed the cash in the off-season. But, Real MallorcaâÂÂs Ivan Ramis will add some steel at the back, while Ryo Miyaichi's arrival on a season-long loan from Arsenal will soften the blow of Victor Mosesâ impending departure. Martinez likes skilful players with a turn of pace and the creative Japan international could well be the wing wizard we need. Arouna Kone - WiganâÂÂs answer to Didier Drogba - will hopefully bag a hatful. Rumour is if he gets in double figures heâÂÂll get the keys to the town, and the Uncle JoesâÂÂs Mint Balls factory.

Negative change
Moses was our most potent attacking weapon last season, so the possibility of him shunning a new contract in favour of a seat on ChelseaâÂÂs bench would be hard to take. But, weâÂÂve been there before and waved goodbye to the likes of Leighton Baines, Antonio Valencia and Charles NâÂÂZogbia. This summer Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) and Mohamed Diamé (West Ham) have already left on free transfers. Hugo was a fans favourite, but couldnâÂÂt hit a barn door last season, while Diamé had fallen out of favour with Martinez.

FFT's bet partners Coral have Wigan 5000/1 to win the Premier League, 7/4 to be relegated

Who to follow on Twitter
Little old Wigan struggles for publicity at the best of times but we do have a few players amongst TwitterâÂÂs ranks. They include seasoned pro and fans favourite @EmmersonBoyce, whoâÂÂs more than happy give his two-penneth post match âÂÂmixed feelings about the game. Started off well, then gave away a sloppy goal.â Anybody looking for the latest news and insider info should head to @LaticsSpeyk, who spotted Arouna Kone âÂÂchillin in Morrisons café, Ince. HeâÂÂs ordered cottage pie and bigga peas.âÂÂ

What to watch out for
A Wigan story which doesnâÂÂt feature our ever-chatty chairman, Dave Whelan. HeâÂÂs never short of a word or two and happy to gush opinions on everything from his manager to the future of English football. Martinez will be offered every managerial job in the solar system, not just the Earth.  On the playing front, this season could be a tale of two James. Messers McArthur and McCarthy, our midfield mestros, have thrived under BobbyâÂÂs tutelage, with the latter already being tipped for the top.

Andy Madden(@MandyAdden) is First Tests Editor for What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision
For webwide Wigan news, check FourFourTwo's Wigan Athletic news page

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