Spurs versus Swansea: (match preview)
“Belief and faith and fight. In football nothing is impossible and that is our philosophy.” (Mauricio Pochettino)
Following Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend, our 2-0 victory over Burnley at turf moor last Saturday has resulted in Chelsea’s lead at the top beeing cut to seven points. With many Spurs fans daring to dream of their team pulling off the impossible, Mauricio Pochettino’s side take on Swansea this evening knowing that they could end the night just four points behind the league leaders, if other results were to go their way. The determination and sheer might that Spurs showed on Saturday was highly commendable, despite suffering injuries to midfielders Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks, Spurs outclassed a Burnley side with one of the premier leagues best home records. With the help of a tactical master class from manager, Mauricio Pochettino and goals from Eric Dier and and Son. Tonight’s game presents a similar challenge as we visit South Wales to face a Swansea side currently embroiled in a relegation battle. However, since taking over at Swansea manager Paul Clement’s side are yet to taste defeat at the liberty stadium under Clement, and their rapid improvement under Clement is a completely different side to the one we thrashed 5-0 at the Lane back in December.
The creativity will come through former Spurs man Gylfi Sigurðsson, whilst target man Fernando Llorente will be a handful if fit. Whilst it’s imperative that we win tonight, the difficulty of this game will provide a tough test for our side with stakes so high for both teams.
Team news: Following a scan, Spurs announced in midweek that young midfielder Harry Winks will remain out for the rest of the season, Winks joins Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela in tonight’s absentees. Meanwhile, midfielder Victor Wanyama is an injury doubt following a back injury he sustained in Saturday’s victory.
My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Walker, Eriksen, Alli, Son.
My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Son.
One to watch: Former Spurs man Gylfi Sigurðsson will provide the swans biggest goal threat, the Iceland international has got eight league goals and 11 assists this season.