Premier League Predictions: Spurs can cut the gap to one point before Arsenal welcome Man United on Sunday

Another huge week of Premier League action is upon us. Tottenham could close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just one point as they visit West Ham on Friday before Antonio Conte’s blues welcome relegation-threatened Middlesbrough to Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Manchester City kick things off on Saturday against Crystal Palace and there are some key games in the battle to avoid relegation as Hull welcome already doomed Sunderland.

Sunday sees two huge games in the race for the top four as Liverpool host Southampton, while the standout fixture of the weekend takes place at the Emirates as Arsenal welcome Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Read on for all our Gameweek 36 predictions in the Premier League…

West Ham 1-2 Tottenham

Spurs will be looking to apply the pressure on Chelsea as they open gameweek 36’s fixtures on Friday night. Mauricio Pochettino’s sides remarkable run continued last weekend as they won the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he wants to put relegation beyond all doubt on Friday evening, so Spurs could be in for a tough one.

Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester City’s underwhelming season was somewhat summed up in their 2-2 draw away at Middlesbrough last weekend, a game that they could have easily lost with Boro left seething at what they thought was a dive for the penalty. Palace aren’t completely out of trouble yet and have caused upsets this season, but an away win would be a big ask for Big Sam’s side.

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Bournemouth 1-1 Stoke City

Bournemouth sealed Sunderland’s fate with a late win against the Black Cats last weekend and will want to pick up another positive result here after reaching that important 40-point mark. Stoke played out one of the less eventful games of the season against West Ham last time out and another draw looks likely, only this time with a bit of action.

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Hull City 1-0 Sunderland

Hull to take another huge step towards securing Premier League safety at home against relegated Sunderland. David Moyes was left devastated at what has been on the cards for some time now for Sunderland and more misery will surely be heaped upon the North East club in their final four games before they drop out of the top flight.

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Burnley 2-2 West Brom

Sean Dyche’s Burnley have battled their way to what looks likely to be Premier League survival as they’re now up to 14th. Their home form has been impressive all season and played a large part in their battle against the drop. West Brom have seen their season slump into second gear, which may be frustrating for Baggies fans but they’ve made progress this season and should finish in the top half.

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Leicester City 2-0 Watford 

These sides come into the weekend level on 40 points with Premier League safety guaranteed. Leciester have been excellent at home in recent weeks, winning four league games in a row at the King Power Stadium.Watford have lost three of their last four and look like they might already be on the beach. It’s tough to see anything but a home win here.

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Swansea 2-2 Everton

This is a crucial game for Swansea City, who will already know the outcome of Hull’s clash with Sunderland before they kickoff on Saturday evening. The Swans have to match Hull’s result – or better it – if they are to stay in the survival picture. Everton haven’t got much left to play for. They have secured Europa League football next season and can’t finish any lower than tenth. They’ll still be looking to end the season on a high and could stop Swansea from taking three vital points here.

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Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

Liverpool know this is another potential banana skin as they try to secure Champions League football. They come into the weekend four points clear of Man Utd in fifth, but their rivals have a game in hand. The Reds edged past Watford on Monday thanks to Emre Can’s incredible bicycle kick, and they look poised to get a similar result here against a Saints side that hasn’t won in three.

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Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

This is undoubtedly the biggest game of the weekend, with both clubs fighting for a place in the top four. Realistically, only one of these has a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, while it’s also a distinct possibility that both miss out. Arsenal have to bounce back from last week’s loss at Spurs, while United are going to be tested after flying back from their Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo on Thursday evening. Mourinho will likely set up for a draw, and that usually works as they look to keep their long-standing unbeaten league run going.

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Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough 

Chelsea could be just one point ahead of Spurs coming into Monday’s clash but they’ve responded to the pressure in this title race whenever it has come, and Middlesbrough are unlikely to threaten the Blues charge to a second title in three years. Boro showed fight against Man City in last week’s 2-2 draw, but ultimately they are set to be relegated and that could well be confirmed with defeat on Monday.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea City vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Chelsea

Venue: Liberty Stadium – Sunday, September 11 – 16:00 BST (09:00 ET)

Match Odds: Swansea City 4/1 – Draw 29/10 – Chelsea 4/6

Match Preview

Swansea City welcome Chelsea to the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the penultimate game of the Premier League weekend.

The Swans have lost their last two and will be low on confidence coming into this tie. They started the season with a win but fell to a 2-1 defeat against Leicester in their last outing.

Francesco Guidolin will be looking for his side to frustrate Chelsea in this one. This is going to be a tough tie for Swansea and they will have to pick their moments right against a Chelsea side who have started the season well.

The last meeting between these two at the Liberty ended with a 1-0 win for Swansea, they will hope for a similar performance but this is a different Chelsea side to that of last season.

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Chelsea have picked up maximum points from their opening three games and will be feeling confident of making it four wins from four here.

Antonio Conte will be pleased with how his side have adapted to his tactics and it is clear to see his passion is rubbing off on the side.

Chelsea’s key players have stepped back up to the levels they were showing before their nightmare season last time around and they will be looking to continue to send out a message to the rest of the league this weekend.

So long as Chelsea remain focused and perform how they have in their previous three games a win should be within their grasp here, but they cannot take anything for granted and know they will be in for a tricky afternoon.

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Team News

Borja Baston is the only player Swansea are expecting to be without in this tie.

Kurt Zouma remains Chelsea’s only player out through injury ahead of this one. Conte now has the option of whether or not to start new signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso, to see both start would be a surprise considering they have had limited training sessions alongside the full squad.

Key Points

Swansea City’s form: W/L/L

Chelsea’s form: W/W/W

Key Stat: Chelsea have scored at least two goals in each of their three games in the Premier League so far this season, compared to Swansea’s two goals overall.

Key Player: Eden Hazard – The Chelsea star is looking like he is hitting the form he is known for, when he’s in the mood he’s near impossible to stop

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Score Prediction

Swansea City 0-2 Chelsea – Chelsea to continue their run of form and consistency of scoring at least two goals. This could be a long afternoon for Swansea if Chelsea perform like their fans know they can.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester vs Swansea

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Swansea City

Venue: King Power Stadium – Sunday, April, 24 – 16:15 BST (11:15 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester City 8/11 – Draw 5/2 – Swansea City 4/1

Match Preview

Leicester City face Swansea City as they look to strengthen their grip the Premier League title on Sunday with the end of the season drawing ever closer.

Leicester are unbeaten in their last eight league matches, but did drop two points in their 2-2 draw with West Ham last week, as Tottenham closed the gap at the top to five points following their win at Stoke on Monday.

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Jamie Vardy was sent off against West Ham last weekend and his absence may cause problems for Claudio Ranieri’s men. The striker has been effective at turning defences and running in behind and the loss of energy up top could affect the Foxes a lot on Sunday as the England striker sits out of his first league game this season.

The Foxes have showed spirit and fight all year and will need to display their tenacity, along with quality, through the final four matches of the season to seal a miracle title.

Swansea have arguably nothing to play for, as their Premier League status seems all but secure with the Swans sitting ten points above the drop with four to play.

They may have only lost one of their last four, but this season is one to forget for Swansea. They are building for next year and should be playing for the fans so a win wouldn’t be beyond them on Sunday.

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They have the quality to cause Leicester problems and will be desperate to get one over on the Foxes following the 3-0 home defeat earlier in the season

The problem for Swansea is they haven’t won away at Leicester since 1950 and so history, as well as form, is heavily against them this weekend.

Team News

Leicester City have no injury worries for the clash but Jamie Vardy is suspended so Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa are expected to play up front if Claudio Ranieri sticks to the usual 4-4-2 formation.

Swansea City have a full squad available and an unchanged side is expected to be named.

Key Points

Leicester City’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

Swansea City’s last five: L/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: Swansea City haven’t won any of their last eleven visits to Leicester.

Key Player: Riyad Mahrez – The Algerian winger will need to step up as Jamie Vardy is suspended and their counter-attacking style will be tested without Vardy running in behind. A lot lies on the PFA Player of the Year favourite, but Mahrez has shown this season that he has the skill to turn games in a flash.

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Score Prediction

Leicester City 2-1 Swansea City – This is a game Leicester will have to win if they are to win the title and we expect them to make it over the line. Swansea should give them a test, but will more than likely come up short against a spirited outfit looking to cope without Vardy.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Swansea City

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Swansea City 

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, January 24 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 EST)

Match Odds: Everton 4/6 – Draw 13/5 – Swansea City 9/2

Match Preview

Everton host Swansea in Sunday’s first Premier League game, in a match that means a lot to the Welsh side as they disappointingly still remain relegation candidates.

Everton have also been below par by their standards this season and are sit in 11th going into the weekend after three consecutive draws, making that 11 in total for the campaign.

Their current position is more bewildering considering they have manged a total of 39 goals this term – the second highest total in the league. In light of this, the Everton faithful will feel their team should be hunting European spots as opposed to mid table obscurity.

Everton’s Premier League record: P22 – W6 – D11 – L5

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Swansea City have stuttered along sice the departure of Garry Monk, with one win in their last four consummating their recent form, suggesting that maybe the players are the reason behind their slump.

With new manm Francesco Guidolin coming into the setup, there might be new methods in place to get the players back on track.

One thing is for sure, they are lacking goals. They are still looking for a striker to fill the void left by Wilfried Bony’s departure a year ago and that is clearly a priority.

Swansea City’s Premier League record: P22 – W5 – D7 – L10

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The reverse fixture ended 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium in September and that is the same scoreline that was seen when this fixture was played last year. Here’s hoping for goals this time around.

Team News

Tony Hibbert, Seamus Coleman, Muhamed Besic and James McCarthy are all missing for the Toffees. Roberto Martinez might make several changes if he has one eye on the midweek League Cup semifinal clash at Manchester City.

Swansea City have no injuries worries going into Sunday’s game and Alan Curtis will have some tough decisions to make as a result. Bafetimbi Gomis looks set to start up front and he will look to fire the Swans to glory.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/L/D/D/D

Swansea City’s last five: W/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: The last three meetings between the two teams in the league have ended in a draw.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian forward has hit a mini-blip as he hasn’t scored in his last two and is surely due a goal here.

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Score Prediction

Everton 1-1 Swansea City – Everton haven’t been great this year and we expect Swansea’s recent win against Watford to help confidence levels within the camp. Earning a draw away from home would be a valuable point for the Swans.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Watford FC

Venue: Liberty Stadium – Date: Monday, January 18th – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Swansea City 6/4 – Draw 21/10 – Watford 2/1

Match Preview

Swansea City host Watford in this week’s Monday night fixture in the Premier League, with both teams looking to get back to winning ways after midweek defeats.

With just one win since October, Swansea have plummeted down to 17th position and are just one point above the relegation zone following their 4-2 defeat at home to relegation rivals Sunderland  on Wednesday.

That result really hasn’t helped matters for the struggling Swans, as they suffered their fourth loss at home and tenth defeat this season.

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The one positive they can take away from the defeat to Sunderland is that they managed to score more than one goal in a match in the Premier League for the first time since a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in November.

They will be looking to seal all three points here against stiff opposition in Watford before they embark on consecutive away games to Everton and West Brom in the next two weeks.

Watford are on a run of three defeats in a row in the league, and with no win in four matches, they have slipped down to tenth place after a fantastic run during December.

A 2-0 defeat on the road to Southampton on Wednesday saw them fail to score for the first time since October. They were poor in that game and didn’t really look like the attacking side we have seen so often this season.

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The slump has come after a remarkable December for the Hornets. They picked up 10 points from a possible 15 last month, earning manager Quique Sanchez Flores the Manager of the Month award for December.

Odion Ighalo scooped the Player of the Month award and he will now need to reignite his impressive impressive partnership with Troy Deeney as they look to hurt a vulnerable Swansea defence to keep them on course for the top ten finish they will desperately want to attain.

The reverse fixture at Vicarage Road saw Watford win 1-0 thanks to an Odion Ighalo strike back in September. This will be the first game between the two in Wales since the pair played out a 1-1 draw during their Championship campaign in 2011.

Team News

Swansea City have no injuries to report, but Kyle Naughton looks set to miss out through suspension after picking up a red card against Sunderland that many perceived as harsh.

Watford have no fresh injury concerns. Lloyd Doyley is still sidelined with a neck injury, while Joel Ekstrand is also missing with an ACL injury. Nathan Ake is back from suspension and might return to the starting lineup.

Key Points 

Swansea’s last five: D/W/D/L/L

Watford’s last five: W/D/L/L/L

Key Stat: The last time the two teams played out a 0-0 draw was back in 1921, so expect goals in this one.

Key Player: Andre Ayew – The Ghanaian winger got amongst the goals against Sunderland with his seventh of the season and his fifth at the Liberty Stadium. He will need to be at his best on Monday night if Swansea are to get out of this horrid run of form.

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Score Prediction 

Swansea City 1-1 Watford – A draw seems the most likely outcome, with both teams likely to get on the scoresheet. A win for either side will be huge, more so for Swansea, but Watford are solid at the back and don’t concede often. Score draw.

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The team also discuss Jonjo Shelvey’s move to Newcastle and roundup the midweek Premier League fixtures.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Swansea

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Swansea City

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, January 2 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Man United 4/7 – Draw 29/10 – Swansea 5/1

Match Preview

Manchester United face Swansea in a key Premier League battle between two sides desperate to start the new year off in better fashion than they ended 2015.

United manager Louis Van Gaal remains under intense pressure, with his job seemingly further on the line with every game that passes.

The Red Devils have not won in six Premier League outings in a row and despite looking more positive in Monday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, they remain five points off the top four and need to improve dramatically from now.

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Failure to beat Swansea here could well cost Van Gaal his job, with back-to-back away trips to Newcastle and Liverpool coming up in the league after Saturday’s game.

The Swans travel to Old Trafford in poor form themselves and are just two points above the relegation zone in 17th.

Interim manager Alan Curtis has seen their fortunes improve slightly over Christmas and they are now unbeaten in three consecutive league outings, without conceding a goal in those matches.

What had the promise of being an excellent campaign for the Welsh club has now become a relegation-threatened one and they must try and steer themselves clear of trouble quickly.

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A trip to Old Trafford is never easy but the Swans beat United 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and have now won their last three games with the Red Devils by the same scoreline, including the game at the end of August at the Liberty Stadium.

Team News

Manchester United will be without Jesse Lingard, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia once again here. Louis Van Gaal may name an unchanged side to the one that drew with Chelsea after an improved showing, despite not getting the win.

Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis remains in charge here and could even last the remainder of the season in that position. He made seven changes for Swansea’s draw at Palace and more can be expected here. Franck Tabanou remains out, while Federico Fernandez and Wayne Routledge are doubts.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five: D/L/L/L/D

Swansea’s last five: L/L/D/W/D

Key Stat: Swansea have beaten Manchester United 2-1 in each of their last three league meetings.

Key Player: Anthony Martial – Martial scored Manchester United’s last goal, which came two weeks ago in the 2-1 home defeat to Norwich. He is always a threat and will look to lift spirits around Old Trafford with a fine showing here.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 1-1 Swansea – This is likely to be a really tense and nervy affair between two sides desperate for an upturn in results as we start the new year. Both have struggled to find the net of late and so a low-scoring game is likely to end in a draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea City vs West Ham United

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. West Ham United

Venue: Liberty Stadium – Sunday, December 20 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 EST)

Match Odds: Swansea City 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – West Ham United 13/5

Match Preview

Swansea City welcome West Ham to the Liberty stadium on Sunday afternoon in the hope of finally ending a dreadful run that has seen them fail to win in the Premier League since October.

With only one win in 13 in all competitions, the Swans are in dire need of points and will now need to pick up without Garry Monk, following his sacking a fortnight ago.

Monk’s departure has made December a lot tougher than it already was for the Welsh side as many big managerial names have ruled themselves out of the running, and their search for a successor could be difficult.

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Their performance at Manchester City was better last week and they will feel the defeat was unjust in the end. They need to rally to try and pick up three points here to take pressure off the remaining games during the hectic Christmas period.

Swansea City’s record in the Premier League: P16 – W3 – D5 – L8

Things aren’t much better for the travelling side as West Ham haven’t won in the Premier League since October 24. Much of the reasoning is down to the loss of their star player Dimitri Payet. The playmaker has been sensational but is out for a while still with an ankle sprain.

West Ham are losing pace with the top four, despite a fantastic start, and are finding it hard without the creativity of Payet and more recently Manuel Lanzini.

The loss of form the Hammers suffered in the second half of last season was well documented and they need to avoid a repeat to ensure the club remain on an upward path ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium next summer.

West Ham United’s record in the Premier League: P16 – W6 – D6 – L4

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This will be the seventh Premier League meeting between Swansea and West Ham. The Swans have only beaten their opponents once in their last six meetings, and haven’t won in any of the last five, so West Ham may hold the advantage as far as recent history goes.

Team News

Swansea City may be missing Jonjo Shelvey as he struggles with a calf strain, but he could feature. Andre Ayew may slot back into midfield as he played as a lone striker in the loss to Manchester City.

West Ham United are without Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho, Victor Moses and Winston Reid through injury. Andy Carroll is a doubt but should play some part. Injuries are costing the Hammers at the worst time of the season and so Slaven Bilic will have some important decisions to make in balancing his side.

Key Points

Swansea City’s last five: L/D/L/L/L

West Ham United’s last five: D/L/D/D/D

Key Stat: Swansea have lost five of their last six matches, scoring just three goals in that time.

Key Player: Andre Ayew – Swansea are desperate for points as they try and steer themselves clear of the relegation battle and Ayew is their greatest asset in attack. He will be key to their chances on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Swansea City 1-1 West Ham United – Neither side seem to have the desire and quality to beat teams at the moment. With their star players not performing on a consistent basis and both without a win in five, a score draw seems inevitable.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur

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

Match Preview

Swansea City welcome the in-form Tottenham Hotspur to Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a Premier League clash between two sides that like to play an entertaining brand of football.

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

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Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.