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  • December 31, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 20393
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Premier League Preview: Swansea - Tottenham

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 has 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 welcomes Tottenham to the Liberty Stadium but will need to make at least one enforced change. On loan center 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, while 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 while 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 colors following a full week's rest since the Chelsea draw last Sunday.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea has the third best pass completion this season (85.7 percent), ahead of Arsenal in fourth, Spurs in fifth, and Manchester United in sixth.
  • Swansea has lost just once at the Liberty Stadium this season.
  • However, the team has won only once in the last eight Premier League games.
  • The Swans have kept eight clean sheets in the Premier League this season – only Manchester United (10) has more.
  • Six of Swansea's eight clean sheets have come at home.
  • Only Manchester United (23) has claimed more away points than Tottenham (19) this season.
  • Tottenham is one away win away from equaling its 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
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Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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