WBA v Tottenham
Last Updated: 01/02/13 11:08am
West Bromwich Albion will be looking to get a campaign, which still promises plenty, back on track when they welcome top-four chasing Tottenham Hotspur to The Hawthorns.
The Baggies will be determined to ensure that all of the hard work they put in over the first half of the season is not undone by their efforts over the second half of the campaign.
There is a danger of that happening at present, with talk of a shock push for European qualification having cooled following a disappointing run of results through the turn of the year and early 2013.
Steve Clarke's side are, however, closing fast on the fabled 40-point mark - a target they claim to have always been aiming towards - and they remain very much in the hunt for a top-half finish.
Tottenham's sights are being set a little higher, with Andre Villas-Boas looking to guide the North London outfit back into the UEFA Champions during his debut campaign in the White Hart Lane hot-seat.
Eight Premier League fixtures have passed since Tottenham last tasted defeat - to Everton back at the start of December - and thoughts are now turning towards the possibility of edging into the top three, never mind settling for fourth place.
West Brom will want to make life as difficult as possible, though, for the visitors and with a record on home soil which has brought just one defeat in their last six against Spurs, bodes well.
That setback did, however, come in the corresponding fixture last season - as Emmanuel Adebayor bagged a brace in a 3-1 Spurs victory- and the reverse date back in August saw the Baggies require a stoppage-time leveller from James Morrison to snatch apoint at the Lane.
Clarke will be hoping for an easier ride on home soil and will take heart from the fact that Tottenham have already tripped up four times on their travels this season, with both teams more comfortable in front of their own supporters than they are heading out on the road.
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