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    Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

    By Tom Regan         

    Spurs travel to the Liberty Stadium for Sunday’s 4pm encounter, and face a Swansea City side who have taken just one point from them in their previous eight Premier League games. That solitary point came in a 1-1 draw on Welsh soil back in December 2011, with Scott Sinclair rescuing the home side after Rafael Van Der Vaart had opened the scoring.
    Mauricio Pochettino is now reaping the rewards after much of the deadwood was discarded in the summer, and he is now left with a young, hard-working and hungry squad. The performances are getting better each game, proved by their 4-1 hammering of Manchester City last weekend. It is sure to be a thrilling encounter, and if Tottenham can bring the three points back to London they can enter the top four.
    The north Londoner’s have sealed victory in their last seven league meetings with the Swans. They have never won eight straight games against the same opposition in the history of the Premier League (also seven against Manchester City between December 2004 and December 2007).
    The Lilywhites have secured wins in their last three Premier League games for the first time since February. They have not won four straight league games since 2014, with the last game in that run also coming against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium (3-1).
    The Swans have not won in their last three Premier League games (D1, L2). The last time they suffered a winless streak of four league games was back in January 2015.
    On a personal note, manager Garry Monk has never won a Premier League game against Spurs, either as a player (D1, L2) or as a manager (L2).
    Garry Monk has no injury problems. He is able to call upon his full playing squad, although a disappointing set of results in September may see him make changes to his starting XI. After picking up eight points from the opening four fixtures, Swansea won only one of the next three, coming against Everton.
    Mauricio Pochettino does have some injury concerns. South Korean international Heung-Min-Son who is rapidly becoming a fans favourite, has a foot injury and could be out for at least several weeks. Nacer Chadli seems the most suitable replacement. Nabil Bentaleb and Moussa Dembele both have ankle injuries and are not ready to return, while Ryan Mason is edging closer to a recall after a knee injury suffered at the 1-0 win in Sunderland.
    Spurs have looked far stronger defensively in recent weeks, with Belgium duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen forging a solid partnership at the back. The team are starting to click, and look a genuine threat going forward. Harry Kane is finally back amongst the goals, while Erik Lamela is starting to show his class with some inspired performances.
    Betting Odds (bet365)
    Swansea: 9/5
    Draw: 11/5
    Tottenham: 9/5
    My Prediction

    Swansea have managed just one point and one goal on home turf since they beat Manchester United 2-1, also exiting the Capital One Cup to Hull in a 1-0 loss. Spurs have been edging their way up the table, and the 4-1 hammering of Manchester City was a major statement of intent. Their record in recent times against Swansea surely gives them the edge. I don’t think this will be an easy game for Tottenham by any means, but their confidence is flowing and I do think they will win.

    Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (10/1 with bet365)
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