Tottenham vs Swansea by Luke
After a 1:1 draw in Florenz ten days ago, Tottenham pulled even more convincing performance in front of own fans and easily progressed in the next stage of Europa League following 3:0 victory over Fiorentina on Thursday evening. It was one of their strongest performances in Europe in previous seasons, as the team took the early lead in 25th minute with a goal from Mason, just to increase the lead in 63rd minute via Lemela and seal the victory with an own goal nine minutes before the final whistle.
Back to Premier League duties, the team currently has five consecutive victories and no wonder, they are at the second position together with Arsenal and currently five points away from leaders from Leicester, but also with a game in hand. This means that the only target for this game is a victory, since it's the only way to remain competitive in a title race. Spurs will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Kane as their striker and Heung-Min, Eriksen and Lamela as his offensive support. Harry Kane is doubtful, but with every chance to start. Other than him, the home side continues to miss central defender Jan Vertonghen (23/0) and forward Clinton N'Jie (9/1) due injuries. Sidelined with health problems are also central midfielder Tom Carroll (15/1) and forward Moussa Dembele (21/3). Manager Mauricio Pochettino has no reason to change much.
Swansea suffered defeat last weekend, in a bit of unexpected way against Southampton at home with a narrow 1:0 result. It was their third consecutive match without a victory, since the hosts looked poor when having the ball to their feet and weren't creative much during the ninety minutes. The Saints were a bit more concrete, bit more dangerous than their opponents and surely have deserved more than then, getting the winning goal in 69th minute via Long.
Hosts, on the other side, didn't manage to make a proper respond in last twenty minutes, except quite meaningless ball possession. After this defeat, the team remains near the relegation zone, now being at sixteenth position with three points more than relegating worried Newcastle. Away from home they've earned only ten points so far out of twelve matches and a draw here would be a more than a positive result for them. Coach Fransceco Guidolin has fully fit squad to choose from and will probably be tempted to field similar squad to the one that got defeated in the previous game against Southampton. Visiting side should be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation, quite defensive one, with Paloschi as their number nine and Sigursson as his offensive support.
Morale of Tottenham's players must be at very high level at the moment and since they are back in the title race, the team can't afford to drop points in home matches. At least not here, against mediocre Swans.