|DATE||Sunday 14th December 2014|
Without a goal in three and a half matches, Tottenham go to Swansea
City, who had made a good start to the season, although they have
levelled off a bit of late. While the team had scored in
almost every game up until then, it is a worrying statistic, which
goes to answer why Tottenham have not clicked yet as a team this
We saw on Thursday night that few chances were created, despite having over 60% of possession, with the movement of the ball from midfield to the forwards far too slow. For all the talk about Dembele having a good game, only once did he release the ball to get Chadli away on the left wing. He is not alone in this, but the forwards need to maker the runs to make space or at least receive the ball. The way that Southampton played last season saw them shifting the ball from back to front rapidly and it is a reason for concern that this is not happening at Spurs. Some of our success in recent seasons has been a high tempo game with good use of breaking away from an opposition attack.
An opening day win over Manchester United started a good run, but in recent matches, the Swans have fallen from their early form. But their last two home wins have been over London sides - QPR and Arsenal, so Tottenham need to be aware of the threats they can pose. The strength in their game for a few seasons has been their passing, which keeps players moving and pulling the other side out of position. It will need a performance of grit and determination to counter this tactic.
With Fabianski out suspended, Gerhard Tremell will be in goal, with Michel Vorm having joined Spurs in the summer. Tremell is a decent keeper, but has had little time between the sticks and as in every game, Spurs need to test the keeper with shots on target. More often than not, our players do not get their efforts to make the goalkeeper work.
The home defence will feature Neil Taylor, who has filled in at left back, where he was a regular before Ben Davies took over. The transfer to Spurs has allowed Taylor a place in the side again, but he has struggled to regain the form he showed as a regular in previous seasons. This has seen Ashley Richards drafted in in that position. Quick, but sometimes positionally naive, Richards may be a player that Spurs can attack and make some ground. On the other side, Angel Rangel has been turning in good performances for a few years, but he may be at the stage of his career where he can be exploited, but it will need plenty of energy to work the ball around the full back. The centre-half pairing of Ashley Williams and Kyle Bartley can be an area to make chances. Williams can be a strong tackler, although sometimes rash, while Bartley has been on loan at Glasgow Rangers before joining Swansea, not being a regular and having a lack of understanding with his partner. Full back Federico Fernandez is a tough tackler, but can be got round, while Dwight Tiendalli has had good games against us, but is another player who Tottenham could play on. Full back Jordi Amat has only been used four times and has been on the bench recently.
As the Welsh side have been feted for their passing game, it is a little surprising that neither Leon Britton not Spurs loan midfielder Tom Carroll have featured a great deal this season. There are workers in the Swansea midfield, in the shape of Korean Ki-Sung-Yeung and Jonjo Shelvey, who get around the opposition and can both get forward. In Shelvey's case that is not always necessary after his long range goal against Aston Villa showed.
A familiar face will start for the home team. Gylfi Sigurdsson went to the Liberty Stadium, while Ben Davies and Michel Vorm came the other way, but the Icelander has found that the familiar surroundings (he had been on loan there from Reading) suit him and his role allows him to make the best use of his assets. Running with the ball and making a yard to shoot or play someone in hurt the opposition and in Tottenham's shape, he didn't often get the opportunity to show that. Not only is he good on the moving ball, but he strikes a good free-kick, so the Spurs players must be alert enough not to give away fouls around the box.
The pace of their two wingers has been used to good effect with Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge getting into positions to score or assist, although their summer World Cup signing has put their places under pressure. Ecudorian Jefferson Montero is a rapid winger and will be a problem that Spurs will have to deal with to stop him providing ammunition for the front men. The height and strength of both Wilfried Bony and Bafetimbi Gomis could trouble the back four and concentration should be the key word for our defenders to stop them getting close to goal. There is only Marvin Emnes, the former Middlesbrough striker, as an option in the forward line.
It is getting to the time
when Tottenham need to step up their game. Putting coherent
performances together which show that there is a pattern there and
that there will be some sign of understanding will keep the fans
onside if not entirely happy. The most disappointing factor of
the games they have lost recently is having so much of the game and
not being able to break down the other team. It is a failing
that has been there for a while, but opponents know that if they can
frustrate Spurs we have an error in our locker to give them the
chance to win. That was the way Palace played it, but they
didn't have the players to take advantage of the chances that came
their way. Swansea might just have those players.
|PREDICTION||Swansea City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs will be without Emmanuel Adebayor (on compassionate leave) and Kyle Naughton's heel injury makes him a doubt, but Eric Dier is back in training after injuring his toe. The players who were left out of the trip to Besiktas will be available for selection in this game.
SWANSEA CITY TEAM NEWS :
Spurs loanee Tom Carroll will not be able to play in this match and Swansea have Lukasz Fabianski suspended after getting sent off last time out. Federico Fernandez will have a late fitness test on his calf injury.
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City 1 (0) Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 14th December 2014 Kick off 16:00
Bony 48m 02s
Kane 4m 34s
Eriksen 89m 26s
Ki Sung-Yeung (foul on Mason) 51
Taylor (foul on Walker) 82
Bartley (foul on Vertonghen) 90+4
Walker (handball) 15
Vertonghen (foul on Routledge) 35
Mason (foul on Britton) 41
Stambouli (handball) 83
|Crowd : 20,6509||Weather : Wet, chilly|
|Referee : Robert Madley (West Riding)||Assistant Referees : - Mr. D. Cann; Mr. M. Scholes|
|Fourth Official : Anthony Taylor||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the South Stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 5 minutes|
|Swansea City :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Angel RANGEL (29
Ashley RICHARDS 70)
10 Wilfried BONY (18 Bafetimbi GOMIS 85)
Erik LAMELA (22
Nacer CHADLI 83)
|Manager : Gary Monk||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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How times have changed. Spurs travelled to South Wales after a trip to Turkey and the usual fatigue that affects Tottenham appeared to hit during the middle of the match, but that could not detract from a good start and a winning ending to the game that takes them back up to seventh in the table. The first team returned to action, with a number of players who missed Thursday’s game were reinstated, showing more a experienced eleven and obviously the rest must have done them good.
Swansea were entering the game
having lost to West Ham with ten men and they had picked up some
good results at home, but Eriksen’s early free-kick tried to pick
out Soldado at the near post, it had to be headed behind for a
corner. From it, the Dane swung a ball to the far post and Kane rose
above Rangel to power a low header past Tremell from the edge of the
six yard box inside four minutes. It was the result of an energetic
start that saw Tottenham closing down and pressing Swansea high up
With games against Burnley and Leicester City and then Manchester United and Chelsea, it is a strange mix of matches over the Christmas and New Year period, but they are games we have to give the opposition a game in. There are points on offer and it is necessary to bring home them home to take us on from the seventh place we find ourselves in.
Swansea City were founded on the principles of Swansea Town, a club which was smashed under the jackboot of progress.
The team's nickname the
Swans comes from the very first players at the club who were (in the
words of the first annual report of the club) "embraced into a club
to play association to prevent these ne'r do wells swanning around
the area of the Vetch FIeld".
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Crystal Palace||1||Stoke City||1||Saturday|
|Leicester City||0||Manchester City||1||Saturday|
|Sunderland||1||West Ham United||1||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||1||Aston Villa||0||Saturday|
|4||West Ham United||16||8||4||4||26||19||28||+7|
|14||West Bromwich Albion||16||4||5||7||15||20||17||-5|
Position before match :
Position after match : 7th
Position after the weekend : 7th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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