Match Preview: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

This the 11th time the two have met in the Premier League, Spurs have yet to taste defeat in this fixture with nine wins and two draws. The pair met back in early December at White Hart Lane where Spurs were 5-0 winners. Two goals from Kane and Eriksen and one from Son gave Spurs their biggest win of the season. Swansea have one win in their last five games, their last win came at home against Burnley a month ago. Spurs average 2.6 goals per match against Swansea, and they have scored two or more goals in their last five games against them. No fewer than four ex Spurs players are in the current Swansea squad; Naughton, Routledge, Carroll and Sigurdsson. Since Paul Clement took charge in early January Swansea have managed five wins, which has seen them move off the bottom of the league and into 17th position. Spurs are still in 2nd but have closed the gap to leaders Chelsea to seven points. They are also nine points clear of 5th positon as they try to confirm a top four finish for the 2nd season in a row. 

Swansea like to line up in a 4-3-3 formation, they rely on putting crosses into the box and attacking set pieces. Gylfi Sigurdsson is their main threat with 8 goals and 11 assists and they will be hoping Fernando Llorente recovers from injury as he is their top scorer with 11 goals. Swansea have just 5 clean sheets this season and their goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has made 3 errors that have led to a goal. Spurs have been lining up in 3-4-2-1 formation but due to the injuries they sustained in their last game could revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation. Spurs have scored 57 goals this season, which is the 3rd best in the league. They average 17.2 shots a game the best in the league, averaging 6.1 of those shots on target. Spurs have won more points than any other Premier League team in 2017 with 26 points. 

Swansea’s last game was a 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Middlesbrough, the game had few clear-cut chances and neither team deserved all 3 points. Spurs won 2-0 away to Burnley, goals from Eric Dier and Son were enough to secure all three points. This was Dier’s 1st Premier League goal since December 2015, and his 1st away goal since August 2014. The win did come at a cost to Spurs who lost Wanyama and Winks within minutes of each other in the 1st half. Wanyama withdrew with a slight back injury and could be available for this game. However, Harry Winks could face a lengthy spell on the side-lines with an ankle injury. Christian Eriksen will hope to continue his good form against Swansea, as he has been directly involved in nine goals in six Premier League matches against them (5 goals, 4 assists).

How the teams may line up:

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