Swansea travel to north London, hoping to climb further up the table at the expense of hosts Tottenham.
Both teams are looking to recover from a blip in form, Spurs ending a three-match winning streak with a late loss to Everton and Swansea seeing a unbeaten run of six games grind to a halt against Chelsea last weekend. Both teams, therefore, will be looking to get back on track and back to winning ways at White Hart Lane.
It’s difficult to pick who is the favourite for this one. You would have to say Tottenham usually as their home record of four wins, two draws and two losses is pretty good, but Swansea have the fifth best away record in the league and have won their last two on the road.
Swansea are yet to beat Spurs in the Premiership, having drawn at home and lost 3-1 at the Lane in April, with Gylfi Sigurdsson netting against his employers to be before an Emmanuel Adebayor brace sealed the win.
Their main danger man this season has been Michu. The Spaniard has netted 12 goals this season, putting himself top of the goalscorers chart, so Gallas and Caulker will have their work cut out trying to stop him adding to that tally. A lot of pressure therefore, will be on the shoulders of Sandro as he will have to work hard to protect his back four from the rampaging midfield of Swansea.
Having said that, Swansea had better not do too much rampaging as Spurs have danger of their own in the attacking third.
Jermaine Defoe has nine goals this term and Gareth Bale has chipped in with six. Spurs are the third highest scorers in the league behind the two Manchester clubs, so goals are really to be expected at The Lane, especially if Clint Dempsey is allowed to continue his excellent run of form, linking the play just behind Defoe.
AVB could even spring a surprise and start Adebayor alongside Defoe, giving the Togolese his fourth start of the season. It’s unlikely but could throw Swansea who probably think that they have the Portuguese’s tactics sorted.
I reckon Swansea will just miss out, going down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham.