Tottenham travel to the Liberty stadium this weekend to face an opposition that they have had relatively good luck against since their migration from the Championship. Swansea have proved one of the most stable outlets in the league since Laudrup has come in however this season has shown that they are not the stronghold they once were under Brendan Rodgers.
Spurs have already faced the Welsh side this season, overcoming Laudrup’s men 1-0 at the Lane thanks to a Roberto Soldado penalty. Tottenham’s last venture into foreign territory (Wales) saw the Lilywhites come away with a 2-1 victory, including two of the most memorable goals from the last campaign thanks to Vertonghen and Bale.
Spurs are unbeaten against Swansea in six league encounters, five of which came in the last three seasons. (W5, D1) Swansea City’s last league win against Tottenham Hotspur came in October 1982, when Max Thompson and Bob Latchford scored – one of only 10 wins for the relegated Swans that season. Jimmy Gilligan scored a League Cup second round first-leg winner for Swansea in September 1991, but Spurs rallied to win 5-1 in the return leg at White Hart Lane.
Swansea are without a win in seven Premier League games (D3, L4). It is their worst run of the season. Their previous longest sequence without a win was nine games in the Championship between November and December 2008. The Swans have conceded the first goal in 13 of 21 league games. City have lost four more matches (10) than they had at this stage last season.
Spurs are unbeaten in five league games, winning four and drawing one. Tottenham have won their last four away league matches. The nine clean sheets kept by Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris is the joint-highest tally in the Premier League this season. Michael Dawson is Tottenham’s only ever-present in the Premier League this season. Four of Roberto Soldado’s five league goals have come from the penalty spot.
This is sure to be a difficult game and Swansea, although at times vulnerable, can provide very dangerous counter attacking play that can frighten what has been a shaky Tottenham defence in the last month. Tottenham however are unbeaten under Sherwood in the league and look much improved since the days of AVB.
Injury wise, Swansea Goalkeeper Michel Vorm could return to the starting lineup after surgery on a knee problem. Spurs still have a whole list of casualties but Andros Townsend (hamstring), Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro (both calf) are in line to return. Spurs are still without Vertonghen (ankle), Kaboul (calf), Paulinho (ankle) and Lamela (thigh) however. Kyle Walker will face a late fitness test ahead of the game.
Predicted team: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Dembélé, Bentaleb, Lennon, Eriksen, Soldado, Adebayor.
Predicted score: Swansea 1-2 Tottenham