Premier League Preview: Tottenham - Swansea

With Chelsea picking up points and momentum just five points behind, Spurs will be hopeful of a victory against the impressive Swans to maintain their position in the top four.


Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart


Williams, Taylor, Tate, Rangel
Routledge, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Sinclair

Tottenham defender Ledley King is unlikely to play again having started in the midweek FA Cup victory over Bolton. However, having rotated his squad during the week, Harry Redknapp has no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of this game.

Swansea will be without Spurs loanee Steven Caulker, who is ineligible to play against his parent club, with vice-captain Alan Tate expected to take his place in the center of defense. Manager Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to make changes to his side despite its 2-0 home defeat to Everton in its last game.

  • Tottenham has lost just one of its last 14 home games in the Premier League, that defeat being a 3-1 reversal against Manchester United on March 4.
  • Spurs' regular stand-in captain Scott Parker (pictured right) has made 99 tackles this season in the Premier League, which is more than any other player in the division.
  • Tottenham is the only side in the Premier League not to have scored from a free kick this season, and has netted the fewest goals of all the sides currently in the top four, while conceding the second most.
  • The top league scorer for Spurs this season is Emmanuel Adebayor with 11, despite his last goal coming over a month ago in the 5-2 defeat away to his former club Arsenal.
  • In the corresponding fixture at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season, Swansea City earned a dramatic 1-1 draw thanks to an 84th-minute equalizer from Scott Sinclair, cancelling out Rafael van der Vaart’s 44th-minute opener.
  • Both sides have lost three of their last six Premier League games, with Tottenham’s last league victory coming at home to Newcastle United, which it beat 5-0 on Feb. 11. Swansea won three consecutively before its recent defeat to Everton.
  • The Swans have won four of their last six away games in the Premier League, with their two defeats in those games coming against Sunderland on January 21 and Stoke City on February 26.
  • Swansea’s Wayne Routledge spent an unsuccessful three-year spell with Tottenham between 2005 and 2008, making just seven appearances for Spurs before departing for Aston Villa in 2008 after loan spells with Portsmouth and Fulham.
  • Away goalkeeper Michel Vorm has earned the nickname ‘penalty killer’ thanks to his superb penalty-saving abilities and has kept 11 Premier League clean sheets this season, second only to Joe Hart of Manchester City.
  • Swansea has enjoyed a great deal of success against league sides from London this season, picking up 12 points home and away in its eight games against teams from the capital city.

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