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  • December 31, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 20393
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Premier League Preview: Swansea v 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 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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Players to watch

L. Britton

Position: Midfielder

Games: 4

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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. 

G. Bale

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Swansea City

Tottenham Hotspur

Wins
0
0
5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
Draw
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
15%
76%

Top 3 Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
0 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Swansea City AFC SWA
0 - 3
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Swansea City AFC SWA
1 - 3
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT

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