Wednesday 4th March – 19:45 – White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur will hope to bounce back with a win when they welcome Swansea City for a Premier League encounter at White Hart Lane on Wednesday. Mauricio Pochettino’s hopes of capping his first season at Tottenham with a trophy were shattered in three days as Spurs were knocked out of the Europa League by Fiorentina before losing the Capital One Cup final 2-0 to Chelsea on Sunday. They are now without a win in five league and cup games since victory against Arsenal. Swansea meanwhile are looking for a third win on the spin after they defeated Manchester United and Burnley in their last two outings. The Swans are already safe after reaching the 40-point mark usually highlighted as the benchmark for survival in the top flight, but Garry Monk is targeting a record points tally for the club in his first full season in charge. The two sides currently sit seventh and eighth in the Premier League, but Spurs have a game in hand, which they will play against QPR at the weekend, whilst Swansea don’t play again until the 16th, so will want to put everything in at White Hart Lane in an attempt to close the gap.
The Key Battle: Harry Kane vs Ashley Williams
After being the star of the show against Chelsea on New Years’ Day, many people expected Harry Kane to put in an equally outstanding performance against The Blues in the Capital One Cup final.
However John Terry and co. kept the Englishman quiet, and he was limited to just a few shots. Kane will want to pick up from where he left off in the league though, as he is on fire at the moment, winning my player of the month awards for January and February with 12 goals in his last 11 Premier League games.
In an England vs Wales battle, Swansea captain Ashley Williams will want to stop Kane just as effectively as Terry did.
Ex-player and pundit Robbie Savage has labelled his compatriot a “top six player”, sparking rumours that Williams will leave the Liberty Stadium in the summer, a prospect that Garry Monk has quickly dismissed.
The centre-back was linked with Arsenal and Liverpool but signed a three-year contract extension in July 2014.
- Mauricio Pochettino may opt to rotate his squad as Tottenham play their seventh game in 26 days.
- Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela, Federico Fazio, and Ben Davies will hope to earn recalls after not starting the Capital One Cup final.
- That could mean rests for Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend. Everyone else should keep their place, including the impressive Harry Kane.
- Former Tottenham man Gylfi Sigurdsson has recovered from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of Saturday’s win at Burnley.
- He is set to replace Spurs loanee Tom Carroll, who is ineligible to face his parent club.
- Garry Monk has no injury concerns except for Kyle Bartley, who is expected to be on the sidelines for a while after undergoing knee surgery
Tottenham wins = 22 / Swansea wins = 7 / Draws = 6
Last Meeting: Swansea 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (14th December 2014)
Christian Eriksen struck a late winner against Swansea City to move Tottenham within four points of the Premier League’s top four. The Dane found space to fire low past Gerhard Tremmel as the game neared injury time at the Liberty Stadium. Earlier, the impressive Wilfried Bony had brought the hosts level with a stabbed shot, cancelling out Harry Kane’s powerful first-half header.
Stat of the Match
Tottenham’s next win will be their 350th in the Premier League.
Where can I watch it?
Only BT have the rights to midweek games, and they haven’t picked this one. There should be plenty of streams on the internet though, plus there’s always the good old fashioned radio…
However, the highlights will be shown on BBC One’s Match of the Day on Wednesday evening at 10:45pm.
My Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Swansea City
I think that Tottenham will still be shaken by their two cup exits, but with Harry Kane in the side, there’s always the high possibility of goals. Swansea will want to carry on their good run of form, and should push Spurs all the way, especially as Garry Monk’s side have a long wait until their next fixture. I expect Gylfi Sigurdsson to score for the Swans and the aforementioned Kane to do so for the hosts.