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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Swansea, 28.02.16

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Swansea
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           4   4   0   0      8-3    12
Away           5   3   2   0     10-6    11
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Total(Prem)    9   7   2   0     18-9    23 
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)    2   2   0   0      3-1     6   
Away(Div 1)    2   0   0   2      1-4     0
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Total(Div 1)   4   2   0   2      4-5     6
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   9   2   0     39-9    20
Away(Div 2)   11   4   3   4     13-14   11
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Total(Div 2)  22  13   5   4     52-23   31
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Total(Prem)    9   7   2   0     18-9    23
Total(Div 1)   4   2   0   2      4-5     6
Total(Div 2)  22  13   5   4     52-23   31
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Grand Total   35  22   7   6     74-37   60
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LWWWWW

Spurs      0-1   Leicester
Spurs      4-1   S'derland
C. Palace  1-3   Spurs
Norwich    0-3   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Watford
Man City   1-2   Spurs

Swansea    -    LWWDDL

Swansea    2-4   S'derland 
Swansea    1-0   Watford
Everton    1-2   Swansea
West Brom  1-1   Swansea
Swansea    1-1   C. Palace
Swansea    0-1   S'hampton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs    26 14  9  3  47-20  27   51
16. Swansea  26  6  9 11  24-34 -10   27

Beware the Guidolin factor

While Spurs have been busy over the last two weeks playing three cup games, Swansea have had a full two weeks clear of football, which has given them both a rest, and time for new head coach Francesco Guidolin to fully instil his methods upon the Welsh team.

Guidolin is a seasoned professional with a long history of management experience in Italy, and briefly with Monaco 10 years ago. Since his arrival at Swansea in mid-January there certainly seems to have been more resilience about the team who have lost just one of their last five league games. Despite that, "The Swans" still find themselves far too close to the bottom three, and will be determined to take something away from White Hart Lane.

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Swansea would be doing exceedingly well to beat Spurs though, as they haven't managed such a result so far in the 9 matches we have played in the Premier League. October's draw prevented Spurs from beating their record of 7 consecutive league wins against a Premier League side (Manchester City). We have drawn the first and last of our 9 meetings since Swansea's arrival in the Premier League in 2011.

Previous manager Garry Monk managed to maintain Swansea's top half status despite the transfer of Wilfried Bony to Man City, but paid the penalty for this season's poor form, which has led to the threat of relegation. Gomis has only scored twice in his last 21 appearances. Former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored five goals in the last 8 games, and Andre Ayew remains a threat, having scored 8 league goals this season. Guidolin brought 26 year old striker Alberto Paloschi from Italy to re-inforce his squad. Paloschi is not a particularly prolific scorer, and is not yet off the mark after two games.

Our 2-2 draw at Swansea came in October and preceded the International break. Christian Eriksen was on the mark for the first time(s) in 6 months for Spurs and his two free kick goals were both equalisers ater goals by Ayew and a Harry Kane own goal. At that time, Kane had scored as many for his own team as he had against, and Spurs were in eighth place just three points ahead of Swansea.

The situation has changed radically in the intervening time, with the clubs moving in opposite directions. Spurs could be five points behind Leaders Leicester going into this game, if "The Foxes" beat Norwich at home in their Saturday game. Our other rivals also play on Sunday with Arsenal away to Man Utd, and Man City playing in the Capital One Cup Final. City's win over Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday night keeps them involved in The Champions League surely into the quarter-finals.

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We were involved in last year's Capital One Cup Final, and played Swansea at home in the following mid-week on March 4th 2015. The game finished 3-2 (Spurs 3 Swansea 2) and was made tighter than it needed to be when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late goal. It at that game that we paid homage to Spurs legend Dave Mackay, and it is hard to believe that already we have been without him for a full year.

Swansea have no injury problems, whilst Spurs still have to cope without Dembele and Vertonghen in particular, with Tom Carroll and Clinton N'Jie also missing. It is hoped that Harry Kane can play with a specially fitted mask to protect his broken nose sustained last week against Crystal Palace. Apart from thee usual rotation of full-backs, I don't anticipate any other changes. Son Heung-min was not involved on Thursday night, but I expect him to come off the bench and not start.

I am anticipating another high energy, high pressure performance by Spurs, and I am also predicting a second consecutive 3-0 win!

The match referee will be Mike Jones. We first met Mr. Jones in October 2009 when we drew 2-2 at Bolton. I didn't realise this referee had been around quite so long, but he has now taken charge of 14 Spurs games in the last five years. Like all officials, in the eyes of Spurs fans Mr Jones has good and bad days. We've experienced both his season, at home to both Everton (bad) and Norwich (good!).

Did you know? - This will be our 40th game of a season which could yet stretch to 58 games.

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