OPPONENTS Swansea City 
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Wednesday 5th April 2017
VENUE Liberty Stadium
2.  Jordi AMAT
3.  Jordan AYEW
4.  KI Sung-Yeung
5.  Mike van der HOORN
6.  Alfie MAWSON
7.  Leon BRITTON
8.  Leroy FER
9.  Fernando LLORENTE
10.  BOrja BASTON
12.  Nathan DYER
13.  Kristoffer NORDFELDT
15.  Wayne ROUTLEDGE
16.  Martin OLSSON
20.  Jefferson MONTERO
22.  Angel RANGEL
24.  Jack CORK
25.  Gerhard TREMMEL
26.  Kyle NAUGHTON
28.  Luciano NARSINGH
33.  Federico FERNANDEZ
35.  Stephen KINGSLEY
42.  Tom CARROLL
56.  Jay FULTON
62.  Oliver McBURNIE
PREVIEW Spurs head for South Wales in good confidence after last Saturday's away win at Burnley and despite missing Harry winks as well as Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela, they still have the bulk of a squad that could keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table.

With a style suited to players who are able to come in to replace those missing, the Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino might be able to jack the trend of those previously in charge and secure a place behind the leaders.  There is still a way to go and Swansea are in need of points to stay away form relegation, so they will be up for it, but they had a poor performance against Middlesbrough on Sunday, which was probably a much more winnable game than this for them.  However, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Routlegde, Kyle Naughton and Tom Carroll likely to be in their team, there will be an element of ex-players trying to do their best against their old side.

With Fabianski in goal, they have a good stopper, who had a good game at the Lane, but even he couldn't keep them all out and left the field having had to pick the ball out of the net five times.  His defence is leaky and with the Swans not scoring many, a packed defence might try and keep a clean sheet, but I am not sure that will be possible for them.  Alfie Mawson has made a good start to his Premier League career, but he can lose concentration to allow players to move off him and with Mike van der Hoorn a committed defender, but a relatively new one to the Prem, they have a sot centre, which might be filled with the presence of Federico Fernandez, who is a tough centre half, but again, someone who gets drawn into physical battles, while losing focus on his defensive responsibilities.  Naughton, Martin Olsson (signed from Norwich City) and Rangel Angel are solid full backs, but might need to be on top form to track the runs spurs players make beyond them.

Leroy Fer is a ferocious midfielder, who, on his day, is a very good player, but he can be taken out of the game, by pulling the Swansea midfield around, leaving them insufficient cover to mark all their opponents.  Carroll is a good passer and keeps the side ticking over, moving the ball constantly, while Routledge plays wide to supply, whoever will fill the centre forward's role.  It could be Jordan Ayew, who replaced his brother in the City attack.  A decent player who starred for Villa last season, but he hadn't a great scoring record for them.  Borja Baston is their other option, but he is another who has struggled for goals.   Whoever plays up top, they will be supported and served by Sigurdsson, a player who was not given a fair crack at Spurs and one many Tottenham fans would like to see back at the Lane. 

Other than that they have Jefferson Montero, who had a shockingly disinterested performance at WHL, with South Korean Ki a possibility in midfield, as is Jack Cork, but his star is fading and he found it difficult to stay with the Spurs players in the meeting earlier this season.

With the way Tottenham are playing, Swansea will do very well to take anything from the game, unless Spurs fail to turn up.  But I think they have learned from last season and will be able to produce, with Walker and Dembele coming back into the side and Sissoko replacing Winks, it might give them fresh impetus to get three points from the Liberty Stadium.  It is possible, but they must be up for the battle and as they showed on Saturday, demonstrate patience to overcome a determined opposition. 

PREDICTION Swansea City    1        Tottenham Hotspur    3
LAST SEASON'S MEETING For a look back at the match report, click here.
RESULTS HISTORY Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with Swansea City
Fernando Lloriente (ankle) will only make the bench against Spurs, while Leon Britton (hamstring), Nathan Dyer (Achilles) and  Angel Rangel (broken metatarsal) will all be unavailable for selection. 
Definitely out for Tottenham are Harry Kane (ankle), Harry Winks (ankle), Danny Rose (knee) and Erik Lamela (hip), while Victor Wanyama (back) will be assessed late on to see if he can take part at Swansea City.

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Swansea City  1 (1)  

Premier League
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Liberty Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur  3 (0)

Kick off 19:45
Routledge  10m 34s Alli  87m 44s
Son  90+0m 55s
Eriksen  90+3m 50s
Ayew (foul on Dele)  17 


Dier  (foul on Ki)  77


Crowd :   20,855 Weather :  Mild
Referee :  Jon Moss (Leeds) Assistant Referees :  Mr. S. Bennett; Mr. E. Smart
Fourth Official :  Tim Robinson  
Spurs  kicked off and played towards the South Stand in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 8 minutes.
Swansea City : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Lukasz FABIANSKI

26  Kyle NAUGHTON  (  4  KI Sung-Yueng  72)
33  Federico FERNANDEZ
  Alfie MAWSON
16  Martin OLSSON

15  Wayne ROUTLEDGE  (28  Luciano NARSINGH  90+5)
24  Jack CORK  (c) 
  8  Leroy FER


  3  Jordan AYEW       (62  Oliver McBURNIE  76)

Unused subs: 
13  Kristoffer NORDFELDT
  2  Jordi AMAT
35  Stephen KINGSLEY
20  Jefferson MONTERO


  12  Michel VORM

33  Ben DAVIES  (14  Georges-Kevin NKOUDOU  79)
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN (c)

  2  Kyle WALKER
  Moussa DEMBELE
  Eric DIER     

17  Moussa SISSOKO  (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  61)
20 -DELE Alli 
3  Christian ERIKSEN 

  7  Heung-Min SON    (16  Kieran TRIPPIER  90+3)

Unused subs: 
30  Pau LOPEZ

27  Kevin WIMMER

Manager :  Paul Clement Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   BETEAST Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Joma Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

A game that saw Spurs dominate without being able to break down a determined Swansea City side with lots of the ball, but little penetration through the ranks of white shirts between them and the goal.  But with two minutes to go, an equaliser came and in added time, a tiring Swans defence was ripped apart with two more goals, giving Tottenham three points to keep us second and just with a chance to make up some ground on Chelsea, should they slip up.

Vorm started in goal, with Lloris ill, Son lead the line and Dier lined up in midfield, with Dembele alongside him and Sissoko ahead of them.  The rest of the side was as normal.

Tottenham had started at a quick pace and Walker set up Son for a shot that was blocked and then Son played in Sissoko on the right when Eriksen had won the ball in midfield.  The former Newcastle man chose to try and square the ball to three yellow shirts in the box, but the ball was cut out.  A couple of corners followed with nothing more than a cut head for Cork resulting from them.

When Swansea won three corners on the trot, Spurs defended them well, but when a long clearance saw Ayew get to the dead ball line, his ball into the six yard box from the right saw Routledge get to the ball ahead of Alderweireld at the near post, sweeping it past Vorm to give the home side the lead in the 11th minute. 

Sours had to hit back and twice Walker got crosses in from the right, with the first over-hit, but the second was tempting, although nobody got in on the ball as it crossed the goalmouth.   Eriksen tried a 25 yarder, but Fabianski was right behind the low effort and Dele was unlucky after good control in the box and an acrobatic overhead kick that went a couple of feet over the top.

While Spurs were having lots of possession, the final pass was lacking and Swansea were quick to get a lot of bodies back behind the ball.  The middle part of the half was stolid stuff, with neither side creating anything, but a break sent Eriksen away on the left and his  volley went way too high. 

The 75% possession indicated that Swansea were happy to cede the ball and defend in numbers, but at the start of the second half, they had a penalty shout, when Ayew went down with men at his back, but it didn't look like a foul and referee Moss didn't either.  When play saw Spurs attacking, Eriksen's cross to the left found Davies' head and he knocked the ball across goal for Son.  he took a touch, turned and shot, but it was blocked by Fernandez, with claims it was a hand used.  The arm looked stuck to his side, so there was nothing doing.

Swansea had a little spell of passing, getting Naughton in on their right to put a shot across goal that came off Davies' heel and from the corner Fer headed over, but a free-kick had been given for Routledge's obstruction of Vorm.  Eriksen picked out a pass to Son in the box and he tried to slip in Dele, but the ball was intercepted.  The number of white shirts was proving difficult to get through and resorting to long range shots didn't work, with most of them being off target.

Changes were made to try and force the game, with Janssen on for Sissoko and Nkoudou on for Davies, which nearly paid off when Alli lifted the ball over his head to play a return pass to Janssen, but Fabianski raced out to close him down and following the clash, he had to be stretchered off.  Son got the ball after a long throw and laid it on for Alderweireld, but his drive rose over the top.  Eriksen picked a pass into the heart of the penalty area and Alli met it with a firm header that Fabianski dived to his left to palm away.

The keeper had a strop over the manager wanting to take him off, when Spurs had a corner, but the fuss didn't help Tottenham, when Eriksen didn't beat the first man with the dead ball kick.  Spurs were toiling away and got a break at the end.  The ball popped up for Eriksen to volley at goal and a deflection took the ball left across goal, where Dele turned the ball into an empty net, with the keeper nowhere.  It hadn't looked like coming, but the goal spurred Tottenham on and Janssen immediately pulled a low save out of Fabianski with a shot on the turn inside the box. 

The delay over the keeper's injury and then the non-substitution meant seven minutes of time to be added.  In the first minute of that, Tottenham went ahead.   Eriksen played a ball into Janssen and the Dutchman's back-heel left Son with a run on Fabianski, putting a  low shot off the keeper's body and in to turn the score-line around.

And that wasn't the end of it.  Nkoudou won the ball in his own half, played it up to Janssen, who held the ball up.  With Alli in support, the pass went to him and a ball of great vision sent Eriksen through.  He turned to the right of Olsson in front of him, before slotting the ball low past Fabianski's left hand to make it 3-1.  The game was turned on its head and the legs had gone out of Swansea, as Tottenham made their class tell.

But with time left, Swansea went forward and substitute Narsingh put  a low cross into the box and Walker got there first, but his touch took the ball narrowly past the post with Vorm stranded.  But that was the last incident of the game, as Spurs sealed three points by keeping playing their game, as Swansea faded after trying to shut us out for so long.  And that is the beauty of Pochettino's tactics, as he has given the side a belief and energy to take teams to the limit with their attacking game.

And that is a great thing for Spurs fans.  No longer the easy touch and a real contender.  I'm not saying we will win it this season, but we will have a good go.  There are still points to be played for, but they are more winnable with this manager and this squad.

Stanford Rivers




Swansea were the first club in Wales to play with a sheep's bladder football rather than the traditional pig's bladder version.


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Other scores during this week :
Burnley 1 Stoke City 0 Tuesday
Leicester City 2 Sunderland 0 Tuesday
Manchester United 1 Everton 1 Tuesday
Watford 2 West Bromwich Albion 0 Tuesday
Arsenal 3 West Ham United London 0 Wednesday
Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1 Wednesday
Hull City 4 Middlesbrough 2 Wednesday
Liverpool 2 Bournemouth 2 Wednesday
Southampton 3 Crystal Palace 1 Wednesday


League Table  2016-17
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 30 23 3 4 62 24 72 +38
2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 30 19 8 3 60 22 65 +38
3 Liverpool 31 17 9 5 66 38 60 +28
4 Manchester City 30 17 7 6 58 35 58 +23
5 Arsenal 29 16 6 7 61 36 54 +25
6 Manchester United 28 14 11 3 42 23 53 +19
7 Everton 30 14 8 8 52 33 50 +19
8 West Bromwich Albion 30 12 8 10 39 38 44 +1
9 Southampton 29 10 7 12 36 36 37 0
10 Stoke City 31 9 8 14 33 45 36 -12
11 Burnley 31 10 5 16 32 44 35 -12
12 Bournemouth 31 9 8 14 44 56 35 -12
13 Watford 29 9 7 13 34 48 34 -14
14 Leicester City 29 9 6 14 35 47 33 -12
15 West Ham United London 31 9 6 16 41 57 33 -16
16 Crystal Palace 30 9 4 17 39 50 31 -11
17 Hull City 31 8 6 17 32 61 30 -29
18 Swansea City 31 8 4 19 37 66 28 -29
19 Middlesbrough 30 4 11 15 22 37 23 -15
20 Sunderland 29 5 5 19 24 51 20 -27

Position before match :  2nd
Position after match :  2nd
Position after the weekend :  2nd


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.


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