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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Swansea v Spurs, 04.10.15

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Swansea
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           4   4   0   0      8-3    12
Away           4   3   1   0      8-4    10
Total(Prem)    8   7   1   0     16-7    22 
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)    2   2   0   0      3-1     6   
Away(Div 1)    2   0   0   2      1-4     0
Total(Div 1)   4   2   0   2      4-5     6
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   9   2   0     39-9    20
Away(Div 2)   11   4   3   4     13-14   11
Total(Div 2)  22  13   5   4     52-23   31
Total(Prem)    8   7   1   0     16-7    22   
Total(Div 1)   4   2   0   2      4-5     6
Total(Div 2)  22  13   5   4     52-23   31
Grand Total   34  22   6   6     72-35   59

Last Six Premier League results:-

Swansea    -    WDWLDL

Swansea    2-0   Newcastle
S'derland  1-1   Swansea
Swansea    2-1   Man Utd
Watford    1-0   Swansea
Swansea    0-0   Everton
S'hampton  3-1   Swansea

Spurs      -    DDDWWW

Spurs      2-2   Stoke
Leicester  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Everton
S'derland  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   C. Palace
Spurs      4-1   Man City

Pos          P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts

 8. Spurs    7  3  3  1   9-5    4   12
12. Swansea  7  2  3  2   8-8    0    9

To The Liberty in great spirits!

Spurs travel to The Liberty Stadium for tomorrow's 4pm kick-off (not on TV) in great spirits on the back of a 6 game unbeaten Premier League run including that brilliant 4-1 win over Man City last week. Pro-rata, Spurs have almost their best Premier League record against Swansea, compared to any of the other 45 clubs we have played at this level. Only in our two games against Cardiff do we have a 100% record, which exceeds our 93.75% win ratio against "The Swans". Clearly, playing Welsh clubs is good for Spurs!

We drew our first Premier League game against Swansea 1-1 in December 2011, and have won the seven games which have followed. Thus we are playing for our fourth consecutive away league win and eighth consecutive win in all. Winning those games certainly hasn't been easy, and last season's two games are a case in point, both won by the slimmest margin. Spurs have never won eight consecutive matches against one opponent in BPL history (also seven against Man City between December 2004 and December 2007).

Last season's away game was won 2-1, thanks to the old Kane/Eriksen goal-scoring combination, with Eriksen's winner arriving in the 89th minute. At home, we won 3-2, with Gylfi Sigurdsson giving his old team something to worry about with Swansea's second goal in the dying minutes. Most of our seven Premier League wins have been tight affairs. I don't expect this one to be any different.

Swansea had a very good start to the season with two home wins over Newcastle and Man Utd, with their away games against Chelsea and Sunderland drawn. Their form has dropped a little in recent games, particularly last week at St. Mary's Southampton, where they lost 3-1.

Garry Monk contines to make a success of managing at the very highest level. When Manchester City came sniffing for Wilfried Bony in January, paying good money, Bafetimbi Gomis stepped up and scored 7 goals in the rest of the season, and has already scored 4 this season, all in the league. I hope not to see his prowling lion celebration tomorrow.

Another Swansea player to look out for will be Ghanaian Andre Ayew, who is thought to have been the better arrivaal in England of the two brothers. (Jordan signed for Aston Villa). Andre scored two goals in his first two Premier League games, but has not been so fruitful in recent games.

There are, of course, three former Spurs in the Swansea squad. Kyle Naughton and Gylfi Sigurdsson have been ever-present so far in League games, but Wayne Routledge's appearances have been less regular so far. Swansea have no injury worries for tomorrow's game.

Mauricio Pochettino fielded a strong team in Thursday night's Europa League game and may pay a price for that, with most of those who started required for this game. Kyle Walker will return, as will Ben Davies against his old team. Danny Rose has been sidelined anyway with that hand injury sustained in Monaco. Ryan Mason and Heung-min Son also miss out.

Mousa Dembele is in the squad, and could start, but I suspect he will start on the bench. Erik Lamela came off after 65 minutes on Thursday, and is surely starting in his current form.

After today's results and depending on tomorrow's scores, Spurs could go third in the league. For that to happen, Spurs would have to win and achieve that record 8th consecutive Premier League win over an individual opponent. I am predicting that result, by 1-0, but it will be tough.

Tomorrow's match referee is Mike Dean. This is the first time we've had him in charge since our 4-3 home win over Leicester in March. Mr. Dean is probably the most experienced of referees in the business, and one we've seen more than any other over the last 5 or 6 years. The first record I can find of him refereeing a Spurs game is our 3-1 win over Derby County on 21st October, 2000, almost a full 15 years ago! He had a tough game two weeks ago for the Chelsea-Arsenal game, but has kept his cards in his pocket for two of his last four games, which is quite a record these days!

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