Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has backed Swansea City to defeat Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium today.
Just one point separates the two sides with the hosts ahead of Spurs, and Owen predicts the Swans to extend their advantage over the North London outfit.
“Spurs have an excellent recent record against the Swans, winning the last five in a row, but the hosts put Arsenal to the sword at the Liberty last month and I expect their North London neighbours to also leave South Wales empty-handed,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
For once, a former football or pundit is not too bothered with past records, and indeed Swansea’s past failures against Tottenham is not going affect the outcome of today's match in any way.
Garry Monk’s side will fancy their chances against an inconsistent Tottenham side who are yet to fully convince many that they are top-four candidates.
The Swans are not expected to compete for a Champions League place, but given their excellent form so far this campaign, they could try to aim for a Europa League spot.
One of the Swansea players who has been superb so far this term is Wilfried Bony, who has scored seven goals and created 17 chances in 15 Premier League appearances.
Owen believes that the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international will play a key role today and wrote: “Wilfried Bony has scored seven times in his last nine PL games and his 19 PL goals in 2014 makes him the leading scorer this calendar year. He could easily be the difference between the sides on Sunday.”
Given Tottenham’s vulnerability at the back, Bony will fancy his chances. If he scores an early goal, then things could get tough for Spurs.