Swansea signing Bony has to do what he couldn't for Vitesse against Tottenham

Wilfried Bony never got the better of Jan Vertonghen during the duo's respective careers at Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax.

This evening Swansea City travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur in both teams second game of the Premier League season - and the game is being hotly tipped as a humdinger by those in the know.

The clubs both smashed home five goals in the Europa League this week, Spurs thrashing Dinamo Tbilisi and Swansea doing a similar job on Romanian outfit Petrolul Ploiesti.

With that in mind, goals are expected when the two clubs meet this Sunday evening.

But one man who will be trying his hardest to ensure that goals are at a minimum is Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.

The Belgian was given a rest for the game in Georgia on Thursday, with Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson paired at the heart of defence - but he is expected to return for this fixture.

And he will be tasked with stopping a player he has had the pleasure of meeting before - Swansea’s record signing Wilfried Bony.

While Tottenham’s very own record signature will be trying to ripple the net of Michel Vorm - Bony will be tasked with getting the ball beyond French international captain Hugo Lloris.

Yet to get to that point he will first have to get beyond Vertonghen - and history suggests that will be an issue for the Ivorian forward.

Bony has played against Vertonghen twice during the pair’s time in Eredivisie. Both games came in the 2011-12 season, and both games were victories for Ajax. The first game saw Ajax win 4-1, with Alexander Buttner of Manchester United fame bagging the goal for Vitesse.

Later in the season they were defeated 3-1, with Bony again unable to find the back of the net - as Nicky Hofs scored the goal for the home side Vitesse.

So far when the pair have met Bony has not been able to get the better of Vertonghen, and this evening the pair will meet again in North London.

Vertonghen will hope to continue to keep Bony in his pocket, while the much improved Bony will be looking to show Vertonghen what he has learned since they last faced each other in May 2012.

Who will get the better of this battle? Vertonghen or Bony?

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