Tottenham are playing like a side that looks more than good enough to win the Premier League title, and on Monday they continue their pursuit of leaders Leicester City with a home clash against West Bromwich Albion.
Ahead of their game last week at Stoke City leading scorer Harry Kane posted an image depicting prowling lions, acting as a metaphor for Tottenham’s determined bid to catch Leicester. It may have been interpreted by some as a show of over-confidence in his side’s ability, but they showed totally what they were capable of at the Britannia Stadium, with the striker and his partner in crime Dele Alli both helping themselves to a brace in what was probably the most complete performance by any side in this top-flight season.
As statements of intent go, that was really something from Spurs. Led by the increasingly passionate Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline, all 11 of the players he named in his starting XI played to their maximum, playing breathtaking football throughout and constantly taking apart what is by no means a bad Stoke defensive unit. More displays like that and Spurs really can do some damage; and should have no reason whatsoever to fear any side they come up against.
It promises to be a difficult evening for West Brom, who for the entire duration of Tony Pulis’ regime will act as an awkward side to play against thanks to a well-drilled setup and their emphasis on maintaining an organised defensive shape, but on current form it will be a big surprise if they emerge with anything from the second successive game in North London. The confidence flowing through Tottenham is tangible, and will take some stopping.
The Baggies saw their gameplan ruined after just six minutes at Arsenal on Thursday as their attempts to frustrate their opponents failed due to a piece of individual brilliance from Alexis Sanchez. A header against the crossbar from Gareth McAuley aside, they found it tough to gain any kind of forward momentum and did well not to lose by a bigger margin in the second half as Arsenal threatened to carve them open on numerous occasions. As a result of that defeat, just one point has been collected from the last five outings.
Nabil Bentaleb is the only absentee for Tottenham, who are likely to name the same starting line-up as the one that hammered Stoke.
West Brom will be without Alex Pritchard as he is unable to face his parent club, while Chris Brunt and James Morrison are both injured.
Last Meeting: West Brom picked up an impressive first win under Alan Irvine in September 2014 as a header from James Morrison punished a post Europa League hangover for Tottenham. The Scotland international nodded home unmarked from a corner to seal a deserved a deserved three points for the visitors, while Craig Gardner and Saido Berahino had chances to make the result more comfortable.