Considering the contrasting reputations of these two outfits, it’s quite amazing to see that Swansea currently occupy the higher league position. The Swans have enjoyed a fabulous opening half to the campaign and sit in 8th, while Tottenham have struggled and trail them by one point and two places.
It was only last term that Swansea were anxiously looking over their shoulders, with the club embroiled in something of a relegation battle. Garry Monk was certainly thrown in at the deep end but after managing to keep the club in the division, he has kicked on and now established the Liberty Stadium outfit in the top half. The fact that just six points separate them from the top four is a testament to their progress, although fans will be hopeful that the team will respond after their 3-1 loss to West Ham last Saturday. However, with Monk’s men now back on their own turf, the omens certainly look promising when you consider they’ve lost just once at home all through the season.
Tottenham on the other hand have struggled and despite his work at Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino has found it difficult to make the transition to White Hart Lane. He may have a much bigger budget than his opponents, but he hasn’t been able to make it count. With that being said, Spurs will leapfrog Swansea with a victory this weekend and could go as high as 7th. Whether or not that occurs is a different matter though, with December hardly being a fruitful month. They’ve lost two and drawn one of the three games they have been part of – with both of those defeats occurring on the road.
Something that will hinder Swansea ahead of the match is the absence of Lukasz Fabianski, who sits this one out after his red card last week. It means that Gerhard Tremmel will get the nod between the sticks, while elsewhere there won’t be a place for Tom Carroll due to the terms of his loan agreement with Tottenham. In other news, Neil Taylor should return to the starting eleven after serving his one match suspension. Tottenham meanwhile have to make decisions following their Europa League game on Thursday. Emmanuel Adebayor is still not available due to personal reasons, but Pochettino should be able to select Kyle Walker who has returned to full fitness.
Tottenham might have the bigger name, but it has most certainly been Swansea who have impressed the most this term. With the Welsh outfit also boasting the home advantage and being up against a Spurs side who played in Europe just several days ago, our tip is going to be a 2-0 victory for Swansea this time around.