Tottenham are considered to be slight 7/5 favourites to beat Swansea at The Liberty Stadium as Tim Sherwood’s side push for the final Champions League spot.
Ever since their debut in the Champions League three years ago, Spurs have been eager to re-appear in the elite European club competition but to get in with a chance of doing that, they will need to beat a tough and resilient Swansea side.
Swansea have been a bit inconsistent this year but The Swans still find themselves firmly in the mid-table fight with Michael Laudrup’s side currently 14th in the standings.
After seeing the squad decimated by injuries over the past few weeks, Laudrup will be keen to see both Ronald Lamah and Dwight Tiendiali back in training and available for the game against Spurs.
However, the match has come too soon for several other big names at the club with Nathan Dyer, Jonathan De Guzman and Pablo Hernandez all missing out due to a lack of fitness.
One thing that Swansea will need to do to get all three points is to keep the ball and Laudrup’s side are currently the best team in the Premier League at doing this with an average possession figure of 60% in each game.
Despite the brief turmoil that surrounded the club a few weeks ago, Tottenham have turned their season around under Tim Sherwood who could see his side move up to fifth should they be victorious in Wales.
The good news for Spurs is that they could potentially have two first team names back in the side with Sandro having fully recovered from a calf injury whilst Andros Townsend is also ready to return after appearing for the reserves earlier in the week.
Having assessed his players, Sherwood has ruled out the defensive partnership of Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul out of the game as he looks for both players to gain more fitness after their recent injury problems.
Although being away is normally a disadvantage for some sides, Tottenham have been on sensational form on the road in recent months winning their last four away fixtures in the league.
Swansea will no doubt have more bite as they welcome back several of their players from injury but Tottenham’s rebirth in 2014 should allow them to move closer to the top four as the business end of the season draws nearer.