Tottenham star Gareth Bale looking forward to Welsh return against ‘great’ Swansea

Rafael van der Vaart and William Gallas are also wary of the threat posed by Brendan Rodger's side, who boast the best defensive record in the top-flight at the Liberty Stadium

Tottenham trio Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and William Gallas have hailed the progress of Saturday's opponents Swansea City since their promotion to the Premier League.

The Welsh club currently 14th in the table, and boast the best defensive home record in the top-flight this season.

Bale is eagerly anticipating the clash in his home nation at the Liberty Stadium on New Year's Eve, whilst praising the quality of football played by Brendan Rodger's side.

He told the club’s official website: “Swansea have been playing some great football, everyone speaks about how they play.

“Ultimately we want to go there to get the three points, keep the pressure on the teams around us and keep the run going. Hopefully I’ll get a good reception!”

Dutch star Van der Vaart is also aware that the Swans will prove a difficult task, but is confident of building on Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Norwich.

He said: “I saw Swansea and they have a good team, they play good football.

“They are strong, especially away from home it’s difficult, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Spurs head into the game having taken 38 points from their last 15 Premier League fixtures – a tally higher than title-favourites Manchester United and Manchester City.

Former Arsenal captain Gallas admitted: “It’s great when you win away.

“It shows we are strong, compact and we want to get something at the end of the season.

“Swansea like to play football so it will be interesting to see how we are going to play and if we can beat them as well.”