Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Liberty Stadium – Sunday, October 4 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Swansea 8/5 – Draw 23/10 – Tottenham 17/10
The Swans come into the game off the back of a miserable trip to Southampton which saw them comfortably brushed aside as they lost 3-1, leaving them eleventh in the table.
Garry Monk’s side are now without a win in their last three (D1, L2) and their four-game unbeaten streak at the start of the season now seems a distant memory after a winless September.Embed from Getty Images
But Swansea know they will come good again at some point and they’re yet to lose on home soil so far this season with two wins and a draw, so they’ll be looking to draw upon their impressive form at the Liberty.
Swansea’s Premier League record: P7 – W2 – D3 – L2
Spurs arrive in Wales just three days after a testing Europa League encounter away at French side Monaco, where they picked up a valuable 1-1 draw.
Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that his side don’t suffer a hangover from their midweek fixture and will be calling on his players to pick up from where they left off in the Premier League after thrashing Manchester City 4-1 last weekend.Embed from Getty Images
That impressive result lifted Tottenham up to sixth in the table and also extended their unbeaten run to six games, including three consecutive victories – they haven’t lost in the league since the opening day.
Tottenham’s Premier League record: P7 – W3 – D3 – L1
Tottenham have won the last seven meetings between the two sides, with the most recent a 3-2 victory at White Hart Lane back in March – this is also a fixture that has never ended in a goalless draw.
Swansea boss Garry Monk has a full squad to choose from coming into this game but may re-shuffle the pack slightly after a recent run of disappointing results.
Tottenham will be without Son Heung-min after he sustained a foot injury in the win against Manchester City. Danny Rose is also doubtful after he injured his hand against Monaco. Nabil Bentaleb, Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason could return to action.Embed from Getty Images
Swansea City’s last five: D/W/L/D/L
Tottenham Hotspur’s last five: D/D/W/W/W
Key Stat: Spurs have dominated this fixture as Swansea have never beaten them in a Premier League game in 8 attempts (D1, L7).
Key Player: Bafetimbi Gomis – The Frenchman has been one of the few bright sparks for Swansea this season and he’s currently the fourth top goalscorer in the league with four goals to his name. The Welsh side will need him to be firing on all cylinders to get something out of the game.Embed from Getty Images
Swansea City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur – The odds are stacked against Swansea winning against Tottenham for the first time ever in the Premier League. However, they may be able to capitalise on the fact that Spurs had European commitments in the week, so a draw seems a likely outcome.