Tottenham will be aiming to continue their phonemenal form with success against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, a venue at which they have not tasted defeat for nearly seven years.
The home side will be pleased with their haul of four points from two challenging games since the international break, following a terrific win over title hopefuls Arsenal with a satisfactory draw away to West Ham United. The latter saw a good response after half-time from the Baggies, who were fortunate not to have been just the one goal behind at the break, with Head Coach Tony Pulis’ decision to bring on striker Rickie Lambert paying almost immediate dividends.
The former Southampton striker has found it difficult to nail down a regular place in the starting XI, but his imposing display in East London will have done him no harm as he looks to earn a recall here. The same cannot be said about Saido Berahino, who after being so highly sought after in the summer to the extent that he put in a transfer request, is struggling to find favour as Pulis prioritises the need to give his side the most balanced and disciplined look possible.
This will be a tricky test for Spurs, who cannot expect any gifts from their opponents, but such is their confidence at present that they will come into this more than fancying their chances of getting a result. Mauricio Pochettino and his team emerged fairly content after their goalless draw at home to rivals Chelsea last weekend, but here he will be looking for a touch more quality from the likes of Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min, who were both lacking a little in the final third against the Blues.
But the club have so many in-form players of late, none more so than Mousa Dembele, whose level has gone up several notches in recent weeks and is now representing a dominant presence in midfield. Elsewhere, Toby Alderweireld is thriving at the heart of defence alongside countryman Jan Vertonghen, while Kyle Walker has rediscovered his best form at right-back and here will set his sights on exploiting on Jonathan Evans having to play out of position on the left of the home defence.
Chris Brunt is back for West Brom, but they will be unable to call upon defensive midfielder Claudio Yacob, who is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.
The visitors will restore Dele Alli to their starting line-up at the expense of Ryan Mason, who begins a two-week spell on the sidelines.
Last Meeting: Tottenham consigned Tony Pulis to his first defeat as West Brom Head Coach with a fabulous and clinical display to win 3-0 at the end of January. Harry Kane helped himself to two of them, shooting powerfully past Ben Foster before netting a second half penalty. That was after Christian Eriksen had opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a fine free-kick.
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