Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

Swansea Liberty Stadium

To be played on Sunday 19th January 2014 at 13:30. Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

Odds: Swansea City 11/5, Draw 12/5, Tottenham Hotspur 7/5

Last season: 1-2

Preview & injury news

Swansea will be going into this game looking over their shoulders a little as they are one of 11 teams who are involved in one of the tightest as and biggest relegation scraps. They're not in the best of form in the league either as they haven't won in their last seven games, whilst only picking up three points. The Swans currently sit 13 and three points above the relegation zone.

Tottenham bounced back from their FA Cup disappointment against Arsenal with a win against Crystal Palace last weekend, and their league form under Tim Sherwood makes pretty good reading having won four and drawn one of their last five games. It leaves Spurs in sixth place, two points behind fourth therefore right in the mix for a Champions League place.

On the injury front Swansea could potentially welcome back goalkeeper Michel Vorm into the side after a knee injury. Defender Dwight Tiendalli could return after a hamstring problem, whist Jonathan DeGuzman could return to the home side's midfield after a calf problem. Jose Canas is out with an ankle injury whilst Nathan Dyer and Michu are due to return in February. Pablo Hernandez is due to return towards the end of the month as he recovers from a hamstring problem but Roland Lamah could be available for selection after a groin problem.

For Spurs, they could have several players returning from injury. Defenders Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul could be available for selection after ankle and thigh injuries respectively. Andros Townsend could return to the squad after an impressive performance for the Under-21's in midweek as he comes back from a hamstring injury whilst Gylfi Sigurdsson could return after a calf problem. Erik Lamela could return from a thigh problem whilst this game is almost certain to be a week too early for Paulinho with an ankle problem, and right-back Kyle Walker has a calf problem and could miss out.

Key stats

Wilfried Bony is Swansea City's top scorer in the league this season with six goals

Roberto Soldado is Tottenham Hotspur's top scorer in the league this season with five goals.

Swansea City had 61% possession in their last league match, a 2-0 loss away to Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur had 68% possession in their last league match, a 2-0 home win against Crystal Palace.

5 players to watch

Wayne Routledge - Routledge can be a real threat for Swansea but there were occasions last week when his first touch let him down against Manchester United. But he does make some intelligent runs and is likely to be a handful for his former employers.

Andros Townsend - Having returned to full training and looked sharp in the under 21 match in midweek where he scored and provided an assist for a goal, Townsend will be itching to get back into first team action, and trying to carry some of the form he showed earlier this week into the game at the Liberty Stadium.

Michel Vorm - Vorm's absence has led to Gerhard Tremmel getting his chance in the Swansea goal and there have been times when the Swans have looked a little uneasy. With Vorm back in the side, it wouldn't be surprising if the back line ahead of him looked a little more in control of things, and for him to show why some clubs have been interested him in the not too distant past.

Christian Eriksen - Eriksen seems to have thrived under Tim Sherwood eve since he was appointed Head Coach, and the Dane will be looking to carry his good form into this weekend's game. It is likely to be a competitive midfield battle at the Liberty Stadium

Jonjo Shelvey - With the way that Spurs set up, it is likely that Laudrup will want one of his midfield players to try and play between the lines, and Shelvey could be the man to do that. A level-headed performance is what needed from the midfielder as Swansea will look to control the game, and Shelvey will need to provide a goal threat in support of Wilfried Bony.

Earlier on in the season

Tottenham 1-0 Swansea City, August 2013

Two weeks in, and the second penalty scored by Roberto Soldado to give Tottenham all three points against Swansea. Jonjo Shelvey tripped Andros Townsend in his own penalty area close to hour mark resulting in Soldado in converting the spot kick. Ashley Williams headed against his own post early on whilst Wayne Routledge forced a save out of Hugo Lloris before Spurs struck the decisive blow.

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