Swansea vs Spurs Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man + Predicted Score

By on January 18, 2014

Liberty Stadium Swansea

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking to close in on the top four.

Saturday’s results have left Spurs sitting sixth in the Premier League table but they can go level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool with a win after the Merseysiders were held to a 2-2 draw by Aston Villa earlier today. The race for the top four is as close as it’s ever been and bookmakers can’t separate the teams at present with BitBet.com offering exactly the same odds on Liverpool and Tottenham qualifying for the Champions League.

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Boss Tim Sherwood will be hoping to continue his promising start to life in the White Hart Lane hot-seat, with the young coach yet to taste defeat in the league since replacing Andre Villas-Boas last month – the only blemish being a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

Sherwood has guided the north Londoners to four victories and a draw to leave the club sitting just outside the top four so they will be looking to close the gap with a win tomorrow.

They will face a Swansea side that are on a dismal run that’s seen them not pick up three points in any of their previous seven league matches. That poor form has left Michael Laudrup’s men sitting dangerously above the relegation zone with just three points separating them from bottom placed Cardiff.

The Swans slumped to a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford last weekend so the Capital One Cup holders will be desperate to get back on track tomorrow.

Team News

The hosts have been handed a double injury boost with Roland Lamah and Dwight Tiendalli expected to be available after returning to training last week – although the duo will probably have to make-do with places on the bench.

Laudrup could also welcome back Pablo Hernandez and Nathan Dyer but again the pair may only be deemed fit enough for substitute appearances as they continue to work their way back to full fitness.

However, Jonathan de Guzman isn’t expected back to training until next week following an ankle injury so he’ll once again miss out.

Spurs are able to welcome back Sandro and Andros Townsend into the squad after they returned to training last week. Sandro could come straight back into the side in place of youngster Nabil Bentaleb but Townsend may be kept in reserve with Christian Eriksen and Aaron Lennon likely to retain their places.

Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul should be back in contention against Man City later this month but this game comes too soon for the defensive duo.

Paulinho also remains out with an ankle problem but Erik Lamela is nearing full fitness from a thigh injury.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Christian Eriksen: The Danish international is starting to find his feet in the Premier League and has been one of Spurs’ better performers of late. We can see him being the one to watch tomorrow.

Predicted Score

Swansea 1-2 Tottenham: The Swans are not playing well and seem to be suffering from a lack of confidence, which could see them slump to yet another defeat this weekend with Tottenham just edging it.

What line-up would you like to see start and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

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3 Comments

  1. ultrapunch

    January 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Walker is evidently injured.

  2. Tom

    January 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Would love to see lamela come in instead of Robbie and play slightly off and deeper than adebayor. When on the offensive eriksen comes into the number 10 role and lamela goes up as a true striker. And it doesn’t make sense to drop bentaleb after his performance against Crystal Palace! Maybe him in and Moussa out?

  3. Brad

    January 19, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Not a fan of that as a starting line up tbh but it seems to be working… 4-4-2… Eriksen on the left.. No real creativity in the middle of the park, repeating the same mistake we made against arsenal with the formation.. Keeping lamela and holtby out the side.. Leaving bentaleb out after a great performance.. Plus playing an injured right back and a just back to fitness sandro… But f**k it, what do I know

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