January 29, 2015

Tottenham Hotspur need to start turning draws into wins if they are to push for a Champions League place - starting with Saturday's visit to West Bromwich Albion.

The White Hart Lane outfit are unbeaten in a club-record 13 straight Premier League matches after losing to Manchester United on opening day. However, a league-leading seven of those matches have been draws.

Lilywhites boss Mauricio Pochettino is committed to going all out for the win against the Baggies as his side seeks to oust rivals Arsenal, currently one place and two points above them from that fourth spot.

"We want to win," Pochettino told Spurs TV. "We want to take the three points to stay higher in the table with a lot of options and it's too early (in the season) but we want to stay in the position that we are in or higher.

"West Brom are a very good team so we need to be careful of them. It's a very solid team, a strong team with very good players and it's sure that we expect a very tough game."

Spurs (6-7-1) won the corresponding fixture 3-0 at the Hawthorns in January. Christian Eriksen and a Harry Kane double secured the points.

The Hawthorns has been a happy hunting ground for Tottenham, who are unbeaten in five (3-2-0) there since goals from Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie consigned them to defeat in December 2008.

Spurs are generally on a good run of form away from the Lane this season, losing only once in all competitions on their travels (3-4-1) since that opening day reverse at Old Trafford.

Despite their Europa League defeat at Anderlecht in Brussels, Pochettino's side still advanced to the knockout round with a game to spare.

West Brom have won two of three at the Hawthorns after beginning the season with three losses from four at home (2-1-4).

The Baggies (5-3-6) felt it was a case of two points dropped rather than one gained after their 1-1 draw at the Boleyn Ground against West Ham United in their last outing.

Winston Reid's own goal secured a point after Mauro Zarate had fired the Hammers in front, but Baggies forward Salomon Rondon felt a win was there for the taking.

"We didn't do very well in the first-half but we changed it in the second-half," Rondon told the official club website. "Rickie Lambert entered the pitch and the game was different.

"I would have preferred to leave the stadium with three points but the game was very difficult. The point is very important for us and we now look ahead to Tottenham."

In the reverse fixture last season, the Baggies shocked Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane in September through James Morrison's goal in the 74th minute. That victory is West Brom's only win over Spurs in their last 11 Premier League meetings (1-5-5).

West Brom will be without goalkeeper Ben Foster, who has a long term knee-injury and influential midfielder Claudio Yacob, who is serving a one-match ban for yellow card accumulation. Chris Brunt returns from his suspension.

Dele Alli returns from suspension for Spurs but Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard (both ankle) are out. Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli (both ankle) will also miss out but both are close to resuming first-team training.

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