West Bromwich Albion have a happy habit of raising their game against the Premiership's top-half sides.
And manager Bryan Robson is looking to his team to turn it on again at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur tonight, inspired by the expected presence in the starting line-up of two hungry strikers, Nwankwo Kanu and Nathan Ellington.
Spurs are a team who get goals. Quite apart from the perennial threat of that great destroyer of Midlands teams, Robbie Keane, his fellow joint top scorer Ahmed Mido has also hit 11 Premiership goals this season. Jermain Defoe's eight mean that the three strikers have bagged 30 of Spurs' total of 46 league goals between them.
But Robson is looking to match fire with fire - and he is hopeful that he has the front men in the mood to do it.
Arsenal old boy Kanu needs no motivating for any game against Spurs.
He showed that by putting Albion ahead at White Hart Lane in last season's FA Cup fourth round replay and then hit both goals in the Baggies' 2-0 Christmas victory over Martin Jol's men.
But, after two successive games in which he has come off the bench to score, Robson also appears ready to turn to Albion's other joint top league scorer, Ellington.
"Some players, when they lose confidence, lose a lot from their game," said Robson. "Then they regain it and they're a totally different player, and Nathan Ellington is one of them.
"He's come on as sub and scored in our last couple of games, he's looked sharp in training and we're just hoping he's on one of those runs which he can keep going until the end of the season. He's scored 120 goals in not much over 200 starts in his career and all I want is for him to keep up that 'one in two' ratio in the Premiership."
Ellington judges himself on the bench mark set this season by West Ham's 14-goal Marlon Harewood and his old Wigan Athletic team-mate Jason Roberts, the former Albion striker, who has scored 13 times.
He outscored both of them last term in the Champion-ship in hitting the 24 goals that fired Wigan to promotion. And he is disappointed to be lagging on eight, in all competitions, this time round.
"I'm not that happy with the way the season has panned out for me personally," he said. "I would have liked to have scored more goals, especially when I see players who were in the same league last year who I out scored.
"It does give me confidence that I can improve my strike rate as I feel I'm as good as them. But to do that I need to start games. I don't want to be thought of as someone who comes off the bench."
Robson also has just as big a decision on whether to give wide man Zoltan Gera his first start in almost six months. But if he does go with Kanu and Ellington up front, it could mean a reversion to a 4-4-2 formula, especially as Diomansy Kamara is a big doubt with hamstring trouble.
That follows a flirtation with a 4-3-3 system in recent weeks that has been portrayed as more 4-5-1.
"People say that but, for me, that's a load of rubbish," said Robson. "We've been playing 4-3-3, with Jonathan Greening having a licence to go and join in and Joe Kamara's natural inclination is to attack. That's why we've created lots of chances.
"The fact that Spurs are a footballing side who tend to allow you to play suits us to a degree.
"We've played them four times since I've been here and proved we can match them. And, as long we go there really positive, we can go and get a decent result.
"We drew there in the league last season and, even when we lost 3-1 in the Cup replay, we played some great football."
It's a positive message backed up by Ellington. "People say we raise our game against the bigger teams. But, whatever the reason, we've got more points off top half teams this season, so we have to go with confidence."