Pre-match Analysis: Swans to visit White Hart Lane

Kane is expected to make his return from a broken nose

Spurs are set to play their third game in seven days as they welcome Swansea City to White Hart Lane in a fixture that is a must-win game for the lilywhites.

With the Swans arguably having their worst season since arriving in the Premier League, they will feel that they must get a result at White Hart Lane as they hover dangerously above the relegation zone. If other results don’t go their way, they could see themselves in the bottom three.  

  

Swansea have encountered a tumultuous season thus-far 

Spurs on the other hand have been high-flyers in the current premier league campaign and are currently on a five game win streak whilst comfortable sitting in second place . Not only has Tottenham’s progress been admired by many , but now dreams of a first ever premier league trophy are in the sights which makes this afternoons game an absolute must-win.

What the managers have to say  

Pochettino pragmatic in his conference

Today will be the first time Mauricio Pochettino and Francesco Guidolin have ever met in the Premier League and it appears that both managers are looking forward to it . Both Mauricio Pochettino and Alan Curtis ( Swansea’s assistant manager who has been speaking for Francesco as he has been ill) have mentioned how important it is to keep focus on the current games and not to get distracted by looking “too far ahead”.

In his press conference, Mauricio stated: “We have ahead three important games in the Premier League, and then we will think about the next round of the Europa League”.

Whereas the Swans’ assistant manager in his press conference revealed “We didn’t expect to find ourselves in this (league) situation but we’re all aware of where we are. We know we have to up our game considerably.”

Team news

 

Dembele has starred in the Spurs midfield this season

Mousa Dembele and Tom Carroll are out with respective groin and achilles problems, while Jan Vertonghen and Clinto Njie both remain out due to knee problems.

Swansea find themselves with a fully-fit squad after a 15-day break since their last game. Though , their manager Francesco Guidolin has been ill with a chest infection but is hoping to be commanding from the dugout today .

Final Word

Today’s match is looking to be a key game for both sides. Spurs wish to continue their title bid and if winners today they’ll see themselves with fifty-four points after twenty-seven games which would be a club record. For the Swans, they are looking to win at White Hart Lane for the first time in seventeen meetings.  

Written by Matt Boon

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