The Home View: TottenhamBlog
It’s been a dismal run in the league for Spurs with just two points out of a possible 15 and that has seen us drop to fourth place in the race for Champions League slots at the end of the season.
Many Spurs fans will see Sunday’s game against Swansea as a perfect opportunity to end that win-less period but the reality is that Brendan Rodgers side will be no pushovers. The Welsh outfit currently sit in tenth place and with three league wins out of their last four, there’s no doubt as to who is the form side.
Tottenham however will have been given renewed confidence by their 3-1 FA Cup win over Bolton in the week. In some of our recent games, most notably against Everton and Stoke, we have dominated possession without converting our chances but the goals finally came in midweek and that pattern should continue on Sunday.
At the start of the season, Spurs lost their two opening fixtures before going on a long unbeaten run through September and beyond. For much of that period, Harry Redknapp was able to field the same side and with Aaron Lennon looking likely to return, we're back to full strength.
With the luxury of both Jermain Defoe and Louis Saha on the bench, Spurs should have enough firepower to win and I’m predicting another 3-1 home victory at White Hart Lane this Sunday.
Prediction: 3-1 available at 12.5, a Tottenham win available at 1.42, over 3.5 goals available at 2.85
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The Away View: Forza Swansea
Both teams shared the points at the Liberty Stadium back in December in a thrilling encounter that felt more like a win for Swansea. After missing out on the points that would have taken them into the 'safety zone' against Everton last week, Swansea have plenty to play for on Sunday.
Unfortunately Swansea never play with pure confidence when away from the Liberty Stadium, even though they have given the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal scares and have claimed three points from Fulham and Aston Villa on the road.
A big blow to the Swans will be the lack of Spurs loanee Steven Caulker, who is unable to play due to the terms of his loan. Swansea veteran Garry Monk should slip back into the squad having spent much of the season on the bench.
The main area of uncertainty will be out wide this week. Nathan Dyer returns from a three-match suspension, but Wayne Routledge has been a superb stand-in. An ultra-fit Dyer or the solid delivery of Routledge? It's a great dilemma for Brendan Rodgers. I wouldn't be surprised to see Scott Sinclair make way for both of them to play, but it's more likely that Routledge will sit this one out.
The key men for Swansea will again be the central three: the passing catalyst Leon Britton, Joe Allen and his incredible work-rate and Gylfi Sigurdsson who has scored five goals in his last four away games.
Despite Swansea having a strong team and Premier League survival all but guaranteed, I can't confidently predict a win for them due to inconsistency on the road. I'm feeling a repeat of December could be in store though, and predict an entertaining 1-1 – a result I'm sure most Swans fans would happily take.
Prediction: 1-1 available at 8.25, the draw available at 4.35, under 2.5 goals available at 2.0
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