Spurs travel to the Liberty Stadium after a difficult couple of weeks. Since the fantastic win against Everton where the team seemed to have clicked, Pochettino’s side have suffered two losses and a disappointing draw. Every good performance this season has been followed by several bad ones with no chance to build confidence or get into a rhythm.
Swansea sit a point and two places above Tottenham, in 8th place. They lost their last game against West Ham but it’s only a month since Gary Monk’s side beat Arsenal.
Swansea’s manager has been nothing if not consistent, fielding a 4-2-3-1 in all fifteen games in the league this term.
Wilfried Bony – a supposed Spurs target – leads the line with pace and power. The Ivorian has 7 goals already this season.
Service is provided by former Tottenham players, Routledge and Sigurddson. I have to admit, I was disappointed when we let the Icelander go. He offers something different to our current group of midfielders – some incisive passing, a bit of intelligence and a goal threat. He has thrived at Swansea with 8 assists already this season.
Despite sitting 8th, Swansea are third bottom of the league for the number of shots taken this season. Along with Spurs and Arsenal, they share the distinction of attacking the most through the middle (all on 32%). They like to use short passes and don’t play many crosses (last in league) or long balls (third last).
It is this concentration on play through the centre and vulnerability to attacks down their flanks that make it even more important that we attack them out wide.
Swansea are favourites at 2.54, the draw is 3.5, while a Spurs win is out at 3.05.
Adebayor is still unavailable for personal reasons.
Spurs have Kyle Walker back finally after several months on the sidelines. Naughton is injured, while Dier is a doubt.
Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is suspended, while Tom Carroll is unavailable because of his loan deal.
I would love to see Walker play but he may not be ready to be thrown back into the Premier League. If not I would go with Chiriches at right back.
Fazio and Vertonghen should continue their partnership in the centre of Spurs defence. After a few early wobbles, they have looked relatively solid. Kaboul did not play well enough in midweek to force his way back in.
I would put Lennon on the right and tell him to stay out wide and try to get past his fullback.
With Adebayor out indefinitely we have major issues up front. Hopefully Pochettino will be looking to strengthen in this area come January.
Prediction: Swansea 1 – Spurs 2
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