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  • April 1, 2012
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Tottenham - Swansea Preview: Spurs look to continue charge for final Champions League spot

Tottenham - Swansea Preview: Spurs look to continue charge for final Champions League spot

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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS


TOTTENHAM


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

SWANSEA CITY


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


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 centre of defence. Manager Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to make changes to his side despite their 2-0 home defeat to Everton in their last game.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Tottenham have lost just one of their 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 are the only side in the Premier League not to have scored from a free kick this season, and have netted the fewest goals of all the sides currently in the top four, while conceding the second-most.
  • In the corresponding fixture at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season, Swansea City earned themselves a dramatic 1-1 draw thanks to an 84th-minute equaliser 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, whom they beat 5-0 on February 11, while Swansea won three consecutively before their 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 have enjoyed a great deal of success against league sides from London this season, picking up 12 points home and away in their eight games against teams from the capital city.

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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
4Younes KaboulDefender
13William GallasDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
15SandroMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
3Danny RoseDefender
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
9Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
5Alan TateDefender
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
27Mark GowerMidfielder
18Leroy LitaStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
Players to Watch
Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With his attacking play combined with good defensive abilities, Kyle Walker has played his way into the Tottenham first-team and the England squad having been on the fringes for some time. He will be hopeful of giving Swansea some problems on their left, and possibly adding to his tally of two Premier League goals.
Danny Graham
Danny Graham
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With his superb finishing ability, Graham has impressed after a slow start leading Swansea’s line earlier this season. Graham is one of the deadliest finishers in the league, and will be confident of causing the Spurs defence some issues.
Prediction
After their 1-1 draw with Spurs at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea will be upbeat about their chances of taking a positive result from this game, especially after their superb form in the Premier League this season. However, Spurs will be confident at White Hart Lane, and should have enough to see off the Swans’ challenge.
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