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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Swansea v Spurs, 05.04.17

Last season's game - Swansea 2 Spurs 2, 04.10.15
This season's home game - Spurs 5 Swansea 0, 03.12.16
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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Swansea
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           6   6   0   0     15-4    18
Away           5   3   2   0     10-6    11
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Total(Prem)   11   9   2   0     25-10   29 
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)    2   2   0   0      3-1     6   
Away(Div 1)    2   0   0   2      1-4     0
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Total(Div 1)   4   2   0   2      4-5     6
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   9   2   0     39-9    20
Away(Div 2)   11   4   3   4     13-14   11
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Total(Div 2)  22  13   5   4     52-23   31
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Total(Prem)   11   9   2   0     25-10   29 
Total(Div 1)   4   2   0   2      4-5     6
Total(Div 2)  22  13   5   4     52-23   31
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Grand Total   37  24   7   6     81-38   66
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Swansea    -    WLWLLD

Swansea    2-0   Leicester
Chelsea    3-1   Swansea
Swansea    3-2   Burnley
Hull       2-1   Swansea
B'mouth    2-0   Swansea
Swansea    0-0   M'brough

Spurs      -    WLWWWW

Spurs      1-0   M'brough
Liverpool  2-0   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Stoke
Spurs      3-2   Everton
Spurs      2-1   S'hampton
Burnley    0-2   Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs    29 18  8  3  57-21  36   62
17. Swansea  30  8  4 18  36-63 -27   28
Into the Valleys

In terms of points per match, Spurs have probably their best Premier League record against Swansea, having collected 29 points from 11 games so far, at a rate of 2.63 per game. We have yet to lose a Premier League game against "The Swans", and our only points lost, in two draws, have been at The Liberty Stadium. One of these occasions was on our last trip to South Wales, which was a full 18 months ago. On that occasion, Harry Kane scored almost his first goal of the season (he had scored in our 4-1 win over Man City the previous week), but this one came at the wrong end, and it was not the only own goal he has scored in his Spurs career.

Andre Ayew (now at West Ham) had given the home side a 16th minute lead from a Monteiro cross, before Christian Eriksen scored the first of his two excellent free kick goals to equalise. Harry screwed a corner kick into his own net when trying to clear, but the scores were levelled in the second half. (Swansea 2 Spurs 2, 04.10.15)

Swansea were comprehensively beaten at White Hart Lane in early December when Eriksen again scored two goals, and Harry Kane scored twice (once from the penalty spot) at the right end. Son Heung-min had also scored at the end of the first half. (Spurs 5 Swansea 0, 03.12.16). At that time, "The Swans" looked like dead ducks and were rock bottom of the Premier League table. American Bob Bradley was their second coach of the season, but he didn't last long, before being replaced by Paul Clement in January. With five league wins since the New Year, Clement has led his team to 17th place, and given them real hope of survival, where there had been little or no real prospect of a seventh season in the top flight.

The most remarkable of those wins was a 3-2 result at Anfield. Clement seems to have forged a real link with the fans, celebrating some of these results with understandable gusto. Recent defeats at Hull and Bournemouth were a set-back, and Sunday's home stalemate against fellow relegation battlers Middlesbrough has not helped the Swansea cause, as they sit only one point ahead of third from bottom Hull with only 8 games left. After Spurs, "The Swans"' toughest game will be at Old Trafford, but defeat tomorrow might leave them back in the bottom three with Hull at home to Middlesbrough in this mid-week fixture list.

The pressure for any club fighting the drop is massive and financially punitive, of course, but Spurs are also under pressure as they seek to maintain their challenge of Chelsea in the title race. With Chelsea hosting Man City, it is certainly a big night in the Premier League. We know that Spurs will be without Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, and now Harry Winks, but there is promising news about Victor Wanyama who went off before half-time on Saturday. Victor faces a late assessment and has a chance of playing tomorrow. However, my hunch is that Wanyama might be protected in readiness for the Saturday lunch-time game against Watford. This would give Eric Dier another outing in front of a back four, with Mousa Dembele starting tomorrow.

Kyle Walker, who was rested on Saturday, will surely start, and one of the players he will be up against will be Tom Carroll, signed by Swansea in January, who has made 9 Premier League starts. Tom hasn't scored, but he seems to have been quite effective with two direct assists and plenty of positive passes and crosses which have led to goals or chances for Swansea. I have noticed that Carroll has tended to operate towards the left, so Kyle might have to stop him tomorrow. Gylfi Sigurdsson continues to impress for Swansea, and at 27, will surely be snapped up by a Premier League side, should the worst happen to Swansea. "Siggy" has 8 league goals to his name, with only Fernando Llorente ahead of him in the Swansea score charts. Kyle Naughton and Wayne Routledge are also still part of the Swansea set-up.

Will this be Spurs' last trip into the valleys for a while? I certainly hope that Swansea do not put "The Skids" under our charge for the top. My prediction is for a 2-0 Spurs win.

Match referee Jon Moss was in charge for our 5-0 home win against "The Swans" and for our 4-0 home win against Stoke. That must be a good omen!

Did you know? - Tom Carroll wore the Spurs' Captain's armband in our League Cup win over Gillingham in September, when starting captain Christian Eriksen was substituted after 50 minutes.

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. On this date 6 years ago, we lost badly at The Bernabeu.

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