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Premier League Preview: Tottenham - Swansea



Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton
Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey
Adebayor, Defoe

Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
Britton, Ki
Dyer, Michu, De Guzman

Gareth Bale (hamstring) remains sidelined for the home side, so Clint Dempsey is likely to continue on the left of midfield in his absence.

The match may have come too soon for Scott Parker (Achilles), who has returned to full training and played 90 minutes in a recent friendly, though he could be named on the bench.

Michael Dawson (hamstring) is a doubt for the match, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) has only just returned to light training. Younes Kaboul (knee) is out until next year.

Michael Laudrup is still without first-choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm (groin), so 34-year-old German back-up Gerhard Tremmel should continue between the sticks.

Ashley Williams served a one-match suspension for picking up five yellow cards in the League Cup on Wednesday, but will return to the starting XI on Sunday.

Neil Taylor (ankle) remains a long-term absentee for the Swans, so Ben Davies should continue at left back. Right back Angel Rangel was rested mid-week against Middlesbrough, but should return to the team at White Hart Lane.


  • Tottenham has failed to score just once this season. Only Everton has hit the back of the net as regularly as the Lilywhites.

  • The north London club lost a Premier League match in which Mousa Dembele had started for the first time against Everton last week (six wins out of six previously).

  • Spurs have conceded nine goals in the final 10 minutes of matches and scored none – if matches ended after 80 minutes they would be top of the league.

  • Only one player – Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin (112) – has recovered possession more often than Tottenham midfielder Sandro (111 combined tackles and interceptions).

  • Spurs and Swansea have received two bookings apiece for diving this season, the joint second most in the league behind Chelsea (four).

  • Swansea’s Spanish attacker Michu (pictured right) leads the Premier League’s scoring charts, with 12 goals in 16 appearances this season.

  • The Welsh side has failed to win on all six occasions when it has been losing at half-time, drawing two and losing four.

  • But the Liberty Stadium outfit has won every game in which it has led at half-time (three out of three).

  • Swansea’s six game unbeaten run – which included a 2-0 victory on their last trip to north London against Arsenal – came to an end last week against Norwich. 

  • The Swans and Tottenham are two of just six Premier League teams yet to win a penalty this season.

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