|DATE||Sunday 25th August 2013|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
Following a Europa League match, there is usually a dip in form, but
after the 5-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi, the side are showing signs of
gelling. That run out against inferior opposition would have
given the side confidence and their retention of the ball was a good
sign that with this match against Swansea City coming up, they will
hopefully be able to translate into an advantage.
Michael Laudrup is a good tactician and has been assembling a good side with his knowledge of the Spanish game coming in handy in brining in players to fit his system. With players like Michu having an impact on the Premier League despite not being known before his arrival, Laudrup has brought in players that are technically very good and will also be able to play to a pattern that involves lots of possession and then quick passing around the box.
Wayne Routledge has found the way the Swans play to his liking and the pacy winger is also getting on the scoring act now. With Nathan Dyer a similar figure on the other flank, there is pace to trouble defenders and they are able to produce good final balls. Although Luke Moore has left the club, they still have new record signing Wilfried Bony, who has already shown a knack of being on the spot to finish Swansea's flowing moves. There is a little too much of a reliance goals from midfield, with Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Pozuelo and Pablo Hernandez are often on the mark, while Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung-Yueng and Jose Canas will be expected to chip in with their share.
At the back, the defence relies a lot on Ashley William. Strong in the tackle and good in the air, the only drawback to his game is a lack of pace if the ball is played around him and that is where Spurs will need to concentrate their attacks. With Neil Taylor fit again at left back, he might have a test being up against Lennon, if fit, or Townsend, with Angel Rangel on the other flank likely to find Nacer Chadli providing a stronger physical battle. Chico Flores in the middle will no doubt try to get the better of Roberto Soldado, but I think that the striker's movement might cause the Swans defender a lot of problems and he is not cautious in the tackle.
With the players regaining fitness, AVB will have a tough job picking teams over the coming weeks, especially is more players are to arrive. The depth of the squad is filling out and I feel that the midfield available to Spurs and the way we now intend to play will stretch Swansea.
While it might not be as comprehensive a defeat as they suffered at home to Manchester United last weekend, which has temporarily left them bottom of the table, I take Spurs to come out on top.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 2 Swansea City 0|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Sandro (knee) could well return after missing the trip to Georgia in midweek, but Aaron Lennon (foot) remains a doubt. Younes Kaboul came through the Tbilisi game without any problems and Lewis Holtby completed almost all of the Under-21 game on Friday night at West Ham United, so could be a consideration for a place on the bench. Gareth Bale's impending transfer to Real Madrid keeps him out of squad.
|SWANSEA CITY TEAM NEWS :|
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1 (0) Swansea City
Sunday 25th August 2013 Kick off 16:00
White Hart Lane
|Soldado (p) 47||None|
Soldado (foul on Puzuelo) 76
Davies (foul on Townsend) 16
Vorm (kicking ball away) 30
Michu (kicking ball away) 40
Williams (foul on Soldado) 73
|Crowd : 36,005||Weather : Warm, sunny|
|Referee : Neil Swarbrick (Preston)||Assistant Referees : Mr. D. Cann & Mr. D. Perry|
|Fourth Official : Mr. N. Davies||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Swansea City :||kit|
Andros TOWNSEND (30
9 Roberto SOLDADO (18 Jermain DEFOE 81)
21 Jose CANAS
Wayne ROUTLEDGE (24
Alejandro PUZEULO 59)
|Manager : Andre Villas-Boas||Manager : Michael Laudrup|
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With all the Spurs news focused
away from White Hart Lane, the team got on with their progress with
their second 1-0 win of the season, this time over a cautious
Swansea City side, to take them to third in the embryonic the
Premier League table.
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Everton||0||West Bromwich Albion||0||Saturday|
|Hull City||1||Norwich City||0||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||0||West Ham United||0||Saturday|
|Stoke City||2||Crystal Palace||1||Saturday|
|Cardiff City||3||Manchester City||2||Sunday|
|5||West Ham United||2||1||1||0||2||0||4||+2|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||-1|
Position before match :
Position after match : 3rd
Position after the weekend : 3rd
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