Tottenham v Swansea City - Preview: Will a Europa hangover strike?

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Odds: Tottenham 11/17, Draw 3/1, Swansea 11/2.

Last season’s meeting: Tottenham 1-0 Swansea City - White Hart Lane, 15th December 2012

Tottenham will be hoping to improve on their opening day performance against Crystal Palace as they play in front of their own fans for the first time. Despite the win at Selhurst Park Andre Villas Boas’ men didn’t look in full flow, though it is to be expected that the new signings will take a few games to settle into the league.

Sandro is returning from injury - playing for the under-21s on Monday, although expecting him to start may be a jump, but the Brazilian could well feature on the bench.

They will be up against a Swansea side that is looking to prove a point after being easily beaten at home by Manchester United.

Michael Laudrup will be disappointed with how his side defended against the Champions; the first and second goals were very avoidable despite a brilliant finish from Robin van Persie. One plus for the Swans was that Wilfried Bony looked very sharp when he came on and he opened his Premier League account with a consolation goal late on.

Form says it should be a home win but a different Swansea could turn up on the day and I think it will end up being a score draw. There will be no shortage of goals as both teams are most comfortable when they are attacking. So expect it to be an open game from the start.

Both sides had huge Europa League wins on Thursday night, a competition which tests squads to the limit which Spurs have found out to their cost in recent seasons. Spurs will want to avoid tiredness from their trip back from Tblisi, and will hope Jan Vertonghen, rested and hopefully recovered from injury - will return to give them a timely boost.

Last season’s reverse fixture: Swansea 1-2 Tottenham – Liberty Stadium, 30th March 2013

The away side jumped out to an early lead with goals from Vertonghen and Bale but they couldn’t pull away any more as they survived a late comeback from Swansea after Michu had brought them back into the game. At the time it had moved Spurs into third place above Chelsea, a position they couldn’t hold on to.

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