Spurs Eager to Up Their Strike Rate at Home Against Swansea
Last updated: December 1, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||White Hart Lane|
|Last season:||Swansea 2 – 2 Tottenham|
Struggling Swansea City travel to White Hart Lane this Saturday in search of their 2nd win of the 2016/2017 Premier League season. The Welsh side are wallowing down at the wrong end of the League after having collected just 9 points from 13 games, with only 1 point separating them and last-place Sunderland. Tottenham will no doubt be looking to take advantage of the visitors and get back to winning ways as the midway point of the starts to loom.
Tottenham’s unbeaten run in the Premier League came to a halt last weekend as they failed to topple high-flying Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Despite currently sitting in 5th place, they’ve have only managed 1 victory in their last 6 outings in the domestic campaign, and as many in their last 10 games in all competitions. Manager Mauricio Pochettino has quite rightly insisted however that there’s no reason for his side to panic. Now that the dust has settled from their Champion’s League exit they must shake-off the after effects of their first loss of the season and set their sights firmly on the Premier League title race; this weekend’s home fixture presents the perfect opportunity.
Swansea are coming off the back of a victory in what was quite possibly the most entertaining game of the season. Whilst the 5-4 goal-fest against Crystal Palace did make for great viewing, it asks some serious questions of their defensive strategy. Their ability to score goals hasn’t been their main issue the season; they’ve managed 16 from all 13 games so far. However, if they are to stand any chance of victory this weekend they’ll have to seriously tighten things up at the back as they’ll be little room for error.
Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld will undergo a late fitness test before Saturday’s fixture. He’s recovered from the knee injury that has kept him sidelined since October but may not make the final squad due to a lack of match fitness.
It seems as though Erik Lamela will not be ready for Saturday’s clash as originally hoped. His expected return to fitness has now been pushed back to the weekend of the 11th December.
Swans’ forward Borja Bastón has recovered from his slight knock and will be considered for selection in this weekend’s away fixture.
Swansea will be without Sung-yueng Ki as they take the field at White Hart Lane this weekend. The captain of the South Korean national team still hasn’t recovered from suffering a broken toe.
|Tottenham (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane|
|Subs:||Vorm, Janssen, Nkoudou, Alderweireld, Onomah, Winks, Carter-Vickers|
|Injured:||McGee, Davies, Lalela|
|Swansea (4-3-3):||Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Taylor, Cork, Fulton, Fer, Barrow, Sigurdsson, Routledge|
|Subs:||van der Hoorn, Llorente, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Montero, Rangel, McBurnie|
So far this season
|Tottenham this season||Swansea this season|
|6 (4)||(at home) Wins (away)||2 (1)|
|4-0 vs. Stoke||Biggest win||5-4 vs. Hull|
|2 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (1)|
|2-1 vs. Chelsea||Biggest Defeat||3-1 vs. Manchester Utd||Son Heung-Min (4)||Top scorer||Gylfi Sigurdsson (4)|
|Christian Eriksen (3)||Assist Leader||Modou Barrow (2)|
|Y27, R0||Discipline||Y21, R0|
|1||Failures to score||3|
|8||Both Teams to Score Games||10|
|4||Over 2.5 Games||9|
|9||Under 2.5 Games||4|
- Despite having won just one of their last six Premier League fixtures, Tottenham are currently sitting just outside the top four in 5th place. They are also third in the leaderboard for most clean sheets kept with 5 from 13 games.
- Swansea emerged victorious from last weekend’s nine-goal thriller against Crystal Palace. It’s the game that which has produced the most goals of the 2016-2017 season, two of which came in injury time.
- Last Weekend’s away loss to Chelsea was Tottenham’s first defeat in the Premier League. This time last season they had an identical standing, with 24 points from 13 games, 6 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss.
- Swansea have managed just two victories this season. Their first was in the opening weekend of the season against Burnley away. Their second was at home last weekend and against Crystal Palace.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|28/02/2016||Premier League||Tottenham 2 – 1 Swansea||Paloschi, Alberto 19′|
|29/11/2015||Premier League||Swansea 2 – 2 Tottenham||A.Ayew 16′|
|04/03/2015||Premier League||Tottenham 3 – 2 Swansea||N.Chadli 7′|
|14/12/2014||Premier League||Swansea 1 – 2 Tottenham||Kane 4′|
|19/01/2014||Premier League||Swansea 1 – 3 Tottenham||E.Adebayor 35′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
It is likely that their exit from the Champion’s League and the suffering of their first loss in the Premier League will have culminated in Tottenham feeling a little deflated this week. On the flip side, Swansea will have a bit of a spring in their step after producing 3 late goals to sink Crystal Palace in last weekend’s 9 goal-thriller. In spite of this however, the glaring difference in quality between the two sides, coupled with Swansea’s poor away form suggests that Tottenham will prevail – and comfortably – at home against the Swans. We recommend going with a BTTS bet with a Tottenham to win result, or an over 2.5 goals margin with the same result. Good prices are currently showing at 888sport.