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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Swansea v Spurs, 02.01.18

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Swansea
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           7   6   1   0     15-4    19
Away           6   4   2   0     13-7    14
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Total(Prem)   13  10   3   0     28-11   33 
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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)   13  10   3   0     28-11   33 
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   39  25   8   6     84-39   70
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Swansea    -    WLLDLW

Swansea    1-0    West Brom
Swansea    0-4    Man City
Everton    3-1    Swansea
Swansea    1-1    C. Palace
Liverpool  5-0    Swansea
Watford    1-2    Swansea

Spurs      -    DWWLWW
           
Watford    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      5-1    Stoke
Spurs      2-0    Brighton
Man City   4-1    Spurs
Burnley    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      5-2    S'hampton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs    20 11  4  5  39-20  19   37
20. Swansea  21  4  4 13  13-32 -19   16

Can Spurs beat desperate Swansea?

It seems strange writing this during the festive football season, but at last we have a game of football! Spurs have had to wait a full week for the third of their for "Christmas" fixtures, and this week, before the FA Cup Third Round, we will be playing catch-up against two of the bottom three sides (as I write).

Desperate Swansea sacked manager Paul Clement last month, and last week appointed Carlos Carvalhal in his place. Carvalhal had himself been dismissed by Sheffield Wednesday who sit in the wrong half of the Championship table. As Wednesday manager, Carvalhal definitely turned his side into promotion contenders and in fact they lost the last two Play-Off Finals. Last year it was on penalties to Huddersfield. The year before it was 1-0 to a Hull side managed by Steve Bruce.

Perhaps Carvalhal can turn Swansea round, and he certainly made a great start with Saturday's 2-1 win at Watford. Watford were 1-0 up going into the closing stages, and should have clinched the game when Andre Gray failed to score from a seemingly easy chance in front of goal. Then Swansea snatched all three points with late goals by Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh, who was scoring his first club goal after Heurelho Gomes could only parry Dyer's shot.

Saturday's win gave Swansea their first away points since they held us to a 0-0 draw at Wembley in September. At that time, Clement was in charge and "The Swans" formed a resilient dome in front of their goal, which we failed to break down. We had beaten Borussia Dortmund in midweek, but the Swansea game was our third "home" league game at Wembley, and we were left still looking for a home win in the Premier League.

This will be our 14th Premier League meeting with Swansea, and they have yet to beat us in the competition. They have never been in quite such dire straits as they are now, but last season's game at The Liberty Stadium saw the home side start in 17th place with a relegation battle on their hands. With 9 games to play, Spurs were still chasing Chelsea, but it looked as if Swansea would get a precious win as they led until the 88th minute. Spurs shocked the home fans, and delighted the travalling Spurs army with a dramatic win clinched with three late goals in the closing minutes.

In the 88th minute Dele Alli fired home at the back post for his fifteenth goal of the season (putting him level with none other than Aguero) to put us level. There were seven minutes of added time and in the first of those Eriksen and Janssen provided the passes which enabled Son to put us ahead from close range. Eriksen himself wrapped it up in the fourth minute of added time.

Spurs had to play that game without the injured Harry Kane, and we may have to manage without Harry tomorrow. We await further news but Mauricio Pochettino announced before the New Year that Harry had not trained since Boxing Day, and had not even been able to move. I assume this is down to 'flu', but even if he became available Pochettino has decisions to make about rotation with the West Ham game on Thursday.

There is good news for Spurs in the availability of Victor Wanyama, who will hopefully play some part tomorrow. Ben Davies hasn't played since the Burnley game, and would love to play against his old team and in his homeland, as he did last year. Should Harry Kane not be available, another ex Swansea player Fernando Llorente could make his first Premier League start for Spurs. Last season Llorente was by far Swansea's top scorer with 15 goals, scoring in four of their last five games to ensure their survival. Swansea have certainly lost some good players over the last two years in the shape of Ashley Williams, Gylfi Sigurdsson and now Llorente.

Kyle Naughton won't have the chance to play against his old club as he has accepted a three match ban imposed after the Watford game for an offence of violent conduct when he stamped on Stefano Okaka. 35 year old midfielder Leon Britton, who looked after "The Swans" before the appointment of Carvalhal, has a calf strain, and Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, Wilfried Bony and Ki Sung-yong all face fitness tests.

Swansea are desperate and Carvalhal is still getting to know his players and organising his side, whilst being short of key personnel tomorrow. Saturday's win does give the side impetus and their fans hope. Spurs might be forced to leave Kane out, which would be unfortunate as he would miss out on another Premier League record if he could score hat-tricks in three consecutive games. Two goals would do for me, as i have predicted a 2-0 win for Spurs.

It's only three weeks and three games since we last saw referee Bobby Madley in charge of a Spurs game. That was our home win against Brighton, when Serge Aurier scored his first club goal with an intended cross. Since then, Mr Madley has been in charge of the Leicester v Man City Carabao Cup quarter-final, and Everton's 0-0 draw against Chelsea. In both the games Mr Madley has looked after us this season (the other game was Bournemouth at home) he has scored 5.9 out of 10 in our surveys.

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