There’s no rest for the wicked as Tottenham return to Premier League action against Swansea City. The Welsh side have taken the league by storm this campaign, arguably on par with the likes of Southampton and West Ham in terms of shock factor. Spurs have beaten both the Saints and Hammers, and will be hoping to bring similar form to the Liberty Stadium this Sunday.
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Television Coverage: Sky Sports
Stats (via BBC Sport)
Tottenham are unbeaten in the six Premier League meetings between the clubs, winning five of them. Swansea last beat Spurs in October 1982 by 2-0 in the old First Division at the Vetch Field.
Spurs have won more away points (11) than at White Hart Lane (10) this season. Their goalless draw with Crystal Palace last weekend ended a run of seven matches without a clean sheet. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have conceded six goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season, more than any other club. Opponents Swansea are the only side yet to concede inside the opening 15 minutes. Ten of Spurs’ 15 league games have seen three or more goals scored.
Seventeen of Swansea’s 22 points this season have come at the Liberty Stadium. They have scored the first goal in 11 of their 15 Premier League matches but have dropped a league-high 16 points from leading positions. Only Southampton (seven) have kept more clean sheets than Garry Monk’s side (six) this season. The Swans have had a league-high four players sent off this season. Wilfried Bony, the Premier League’s top scorer in the calendar year with 19 goals, has scored seven times in his last nine league appearances.
Star Man – Hugo Lloris
Arguably the only world-class talent amongst the Tottenham squad, the French keeper has taken his game to a new level this season. Against Crystal Palace, Lloris was the standout performer for Spurs, with very few coming close to resembling anything of equal measure. Palace boss Neil Warnock commented after the game that the former Lyon keeper prevented his side from coming say with three points, to which very few could argue.
Team News – Swansea
Doubtful: Fernández (calf)
Suspended: Fabianski (one match)
Doubtful: Naughton (heel), Dier (toe)
Out: Adebayor (compassionate leave)
Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Mason, Bentaleb, Lennon, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado
Score– Swansea 2-1 Tottenham