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  • 31 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 20393
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Swansea - Tottenham Preview: Harry Redknapp's side have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight away games in the Premier League

Such prowess means a win at the Liberty Stadium would equal Spurs' best ever haul of seven away Premier League victories in a season, but Welsh side have lost just once at home


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA CITY

Vorm
Agustien, Monk, Williams, Richards
Gower, Britton
Routledge, Allen, Sinclair
Graham
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Friedel
Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Parker, Sandro, Modric
Van der Vaart, Bale
Adebayor
Swansea welcome Tottenham to the Liberty Stadium but will need to make at least one enforced change. On-loan centre-back Steven Caulker is ineligible to play against his parent club and looks set to be replaced by Garry Monk.

Neil Taylor remains sidelined by a knee injury, whilst Angel Rangel was forced off in the 1-1 draw against QPR with an ankle injury. In his suspected absence, Kemy Agustien may be forced to fill in at right-back.

Mark Gower is expected to slot into the central midfield position Agustien would vacate to feature against the club he began his career at.

For Harry Redknapp it is a matter of keeping his first XI fit. Luka Modric and Younes Kaboul passed late fitness tests before the Norwich game whilst Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart have struggled recently with hamstring problems.

Jermain Defoe may make the bench as he recovers from a hamstring strain and it is entirely possible that Ledley King will step out in Tottenham colours following a full week's rest since the Chelsea draw last Sunday.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea have the third best pass completion this season (85.7 per cent), ahead of Arsenal in fourth, Spurs in fifth, and Manchester United in sixth.
  • Swansea have lost just once at the Liberty Stadium this season.
  • However, they have won only once in their last eight Premier League games.
  • The Swans have kept eight clean sheets in the Premier League this season – only Manchester United (10) have more.
  • Six of Swansea's eight clean sheets have come at home.
  • Only Manchester United (23) have claimed more away points than Tottenham (19) this season.
  • Tottenham are one away win away from equalling their record of seven away wins in a Premier League season.
  • Gareth Bale (pictured right) will play his first club game against a Welsh side since lining up for Southampton as a 17-year-old against Cardiff in March 2007.
  • Bale and Adebayor have created quite the partnership going forward. They've scored 16 league goals between them (six and nine respectively) and have assisted each other five times (four and one).
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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
-Mark GowerMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
33Stephen Dobbie Striker
8Luke MooreStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
22Ángel RangelDefender
21F. BessoneDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
18Leroy LitaStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
4Younes KaboulDefender
13William GallasDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
20Michael DawsonDefender
3Danny RoseMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
Players to Watch
Leon Britton
Leon Britton
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Swans' link between defence and attack, Britton will have to be on top form against a rabid Spurs midfield but he has shown he has the nous and ability to collect the ball in dangerous areas and keep to Brendan Rodgers' mantra of a short, sharp passing game.

He will be looking to make amends for the unfortunate header that led to Jamie Mackie's equaliser in their last outing.
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Brilliant against Norwich and superb this season, the PFA Player of the Year winner has already surpassed his league performances that earned him the accolade from his peers.

Bale could be lining up against Agustien – traditionally more a midfielder than a full-back – so will fancy his chances of creating danger down the Spurs left. Redknapp gave him licence to roam against Norwich and there's reason to think he will drift inside when the opportunity arises. Shackling Bale will be the toughest task for a sturdy Swansea back-line.
Prediction

This will be a tight game and it may resemble Tottenham's recent trip to Norwich. Swansea will have more of the ball than Norwich did and may offer more of a goal threat, but Spurs' stunning form on their travels suggests they will come away victors.

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