Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur – Match Preview – New Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal will be looking for his first home win in charge as they host Tottenham at the Liberty Stadium.
Carvalhal was appointed Swansea boss on Thursday after parting company with Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve. In two and a half years at the club, the Portuguese steered the club to back to back top-six finishes. Now in charge of the Swans, he will be looking to galvanise his group as they look to try and secure another season in the top flight of English football.
After their 5-0 defeat against Liverpool, the club sit five points adrift of safety. With only 11 goals in the league this season, Carvalhal will have to find a way to get them firing. The league’s lowest scorers have only managed three goals in their last ten games. January presents itself as a fantastic opportunity to bolster his squad, with a striker the main priority. Finding someone who can supply the chances will also be high on the agenda, with the club yet to replace Glyfi Sigurdsson who joined Everton in the summer.
Spurs’ find themselves one point behind the top four as they look to secure another season in the Champions League. With one of the most prolific strikers in the world, keeping Harry Kane fit will be key in their bid for a top-four spot. After beating Alan Shearer’s Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, Kane will be looking for his third consecutive hat-trick. Six goals in his last two games have put him clear in the race for his third consecutive golden boot, with Mohamad Salah now three goals behind the Englishman.
Dele Alli’s first goal in 11 games will have put a smile back on Spurs’ fans faces. The Englishman has only managed eight goals this season but with this goal, it should help him kick on ahead of England’s World Cup campaign this summer. With only one defeat in their last seven games, Spurs’ are picking up form at the most important time of the season.
Swansea are yet to beat Tottenham since their return to the Premier League in 2011. They have only picked up three points from 13 games, losing ten. They did, however, draw their last meeting at Wembley 0-0. Having racked up 21 goals in their last six games against Swansea, Spurs have a great record against them. This will be a tough game for Carvalhal and I think Tottenham will manage to secure another win.
Prediction: Swansea City 0-2 Tottenham
SKYBET: KANE TO SCORE A BRACE- 5/2
SKYBET: ERIKSEN TO SCORE FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA- 15/2
SKYBET: ALLI TO SCORE FIRST AND SPURS TO WIN 3-1- 40/1
SKYBET: ERIKSEN TO SCORE AND SPURS TO WIN- 3/1
SKYBET: TOTTENHAM TO BE WINNING AT HT- 8/11
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BET365: SPURS TO WIN TO NIL- (link no longer available)
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