Swansea City - Tottenham Preview: Visitors aim to maintain top four pursuit and extend 22-year unbeaten run over Swans
Michael Laudrup's side will be looking to extend the visitors recent run of poor form in the league which has seen them lose back-to-back matches against both Liverpool and Fulham
By James McManus
Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies
Ki, Britton, De Guzman
Dyer, Michu, Pablo
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Holtby
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will be without Neil Taylor for the game at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as he steps up his return from a a fractured ankle, instead being earmarked for a reserve game next Tuesday against Colchester United.
There is some good news for the Dane, though, with Kemy Agustien expected to be passed fit after recovering from a hip injury while centre-back Chico Flores could make his first start for the side since featuring against QPR in February.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas only has two players on the casualty list, with Sandro (knee) and Younes Kaboul (knee) both long-term absentees, with Gareth Bale expected to shake off both the ankle strain and stomach virus which dogged his time away with the Wales team on international duty.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last time that Swansea defeated Spurs was back in September 1991 in the League Cup.
- The Swans have not won any of the 16 Premier League games that they have fallen behind in this season, drawing six and losing ten.
- No player in the top flight this season has scored more goals at home than Michu, who has 10 so far.
- Michael Laudrup's side have scored just four goals from set-pieces all season, the lowest in the league.
- At the other end of the pitch, though, they have conceded 18 goals from them, which is a league high.
- Tottenham have won three and drawn one of their last four competitive meetings with Swansea, winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane in December with Jan Vertonghen grabbing the only goal.
- No player has scored more goals from outside the area in the top five European Leagues this season than Gareth Bale (pictured right), who is level with Lionel Messi on six.
- Andre Villas-Boas' side have the second-best away record in the division in terms of points accumulated on the road with 26 to league leaders Manchester United's 32.
- After a 12-game unbeaten streak, the visitors have lost their last three games across all competitions.
- Spurs have kept seven clean sheets in the league this term to Swansea's eight.
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Top 3 Predictions
Swansea City 1-3 Tottenham
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- 15.56 %
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|20||Jonathan De Guzmán||Midfielder|
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The Netherlands international has endured something of a stop-start campaign in the Swans goal through a mixture of a loss of form and niggling injuries which he's been unable to shake off. With Gerhard Tremmel doing extremely well in the club's run towards their Capital One Cup triumph, he faces genuine competition for his undisputed No.1 tag and he needs a good performance against a top club to allay those fears.
Boasting a pass completion of 91% across his 23 league outings this season, when the 25-year-old central midfielder plays well, so do the rest of the Tottenham side. His ability to keep hold of the ball, probe with precise passes and his driving forward runs through the middle of the park will be vital in unsettling the metronomic Swansea engine room.
One of the best kept secrets in the league at the moment has been Swansea's deeply ordinary form for the past two months and they've won just twice since January, losing four, so in that respect, Tottenham will fancy their chances. However, this isn't the same side that was playing with a real swagger just a few short weeks ago and their confidence will have been dented and so this one has a stalemate written all over it.
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