Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City

26 Feb

Tottenham's Harry Kane scored an own goal in October's 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.


TEAM NEWS

Tottenham are hopeful Harry Kane will play despite missing their midweek Europa League win with a broken nose.

Mousa Dembele and Tom Carroll are out with respective groin and Achilles problems, while Jan Vertonghen and Clinto Njie remain absent.

Swansea have a fully-fit squad after a 15-day break since their last game.

Their only pre-match concern has been head coach Francesco Guidolin but the Italian is expected to be in the dug-out following a chest infection.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Simon Brotherton: “I think it was reassuring for Tottenham’s players and their supporters that they comfortably dispatched Fiorentina in Europe in midweek without the services of Harry Kane.

“He’s been immense this season and has scored 15 goals in his last 17 league games, but winning so comfortably without him against a good side must provide a psychological boost in case he misses another game.

“Swansea have never won a league game at White Hart Lane in 17 previous attempts, but have picked up in recent weeks. Nonetheless, this is a game Tottenham need to win to keep their title challenge fully on course.”

Twitter: @SimonBrotherton

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Swansea assistant manager Alan Curtis: “We didn’t expect to find ourselves in this (league) situation but we’re all aware of where we are.

“The Southampton game was disappointing but it’s one defeat in five for us.

“We’re all putting pressure on ourselves and we know we have to up our game considerably and get on another run.”

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino: “It’s true that maybe for the supporters the Premier League is more important [than the Europa League] but we need to show we respect both competitions.

“I think we have enough quality and a big enough squad that we can do both.

“Why prioritise one of them? We have ahead three important games in the Premier League, and then we will think about the next round of the Europa League.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Tottenham played poorly against Crystal Palace and are out of the FA Cup but I am not reading too much into that performance, or the result.

I don’t expect the same to happen against Swansea, who are still teetering a bit above the drop zone.

Prediction: 2-0

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Tottenham have never lost a Premier League match against Swansea (W7, D2).
  • Swansea have never won a league game at White Hart Lane in 17 previous attempts (D2, L15).

Tottenham

  • A Tottenham win would give them 54 points, their highest-ever Premier League tally after 27 games.
  • Spurs have recovered a league-high 14 points from losing positions.
  • They have had 170 attempts on goal in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.
  • Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 17 league appearances.
  • Christian Eriksen has had a hand in five goals (three goals, two assists) in his last five league games.

Swansea

  • Swansea suffered their first defeat under Francesco Guidolin last time out (W2, D2).
  • They have won only eight points against top-10 clubs, in contrast to 19 points against sides in the bottom half of the table.
  • Only Aston Villa have scored fewer goals than Swansea’s 24.
  • The Swans have hit the woodwork a league-high 15 times.
  • Ex-Tottenham player Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored three goals in his last four Swansea appearances.

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