Fulham and at Sunderland before defeating their Midlands neighbours, Wolverhampton Wanderers at home and Aston Villa at Villa Park. A home defeat to Liverpool was followed by a loss at Arsenal. Last weekend they defeated Bolton (2 - 1) at the Hawthorns.
Shane Long is their leading scorer with 4 goals, while Peter Odemwingie has two. They have scored only five goals in six home games, conceding six from two wins over Wolves and Bolton and a draw against Fulham. Their home defeats have been against Manchester United, Stoke and Liverpool. Every home game has been close with only Liverpool managing to gain a two goal advantage. This is in line with Roy Hodgson's style of management. He presents his team in a way which makes them difficult to beat - hard-working and well organised, while able to break quickly and use set-pieces to their advantage.
During the summer West Bromwich strengthened their squad by signing a number of players at a minimum of expense. Irish forward Shane Long came from Reading for an undisclosed fee. Hungarian and former Tottenham reserve goalkeeper Marton Fulop and Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley were signed on free transfers from Ipswich Town. Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera was a free transfer from Fulham and goalkeeper Ben Foster came on loan from Birmingham City. Midfielder Billy Jones was a free transfer from Preston. Albion have an experienced line-up but can call upon talented younger players, especially in central defence with Craig Dawson who has been very impressive with the England Under-21 side this year.
Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion have only met on five occasions at the Hawthorns in the Premier League due to Albion's tendency to win promotion and then get relegated the following season. They avoided the drop last year after Roy Hodgson's arrival last February led to a revival which lifted them to an eleventh place finish, their highest for almost thirty years.
Tottenham's Away Premier League Record against West Brom:
Such is the intensity of competition at the top of the Premier League that no team can afford any slip-ups so having risen to third place Spurs need another win to be guaranteed of retaining that position. West Bromwich will be difficult opponents - they made it hard for Manchester United earlier in the season and will be equally determined to put in a good performance against Spurs. Tottenham will be looking to continue the impressive form of recent weeks and make the most of the chances they create so that Albion aren't given any encouragement or opportunity to deprive them of the points they require to continue their march towards the summit of the Premier League table.