Paul Merson predicts Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City

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SkySports pundit Paul Merson believes Swansea City will come up short against Tottenham, who will be looking to show a response from their Capital One Cup final defeat to Chelsea just days earlier.

He said in his weekly predictions column for the channel: "I see Spurs bouncing back here after their defeat against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup final.

"This is a huge game for Spurs - they must get going again straight away if they want to finish in the top four.

"But this isn’t a slight on Swansea. Garry Monk has done really well for a young Premier League manager, and if I’m honest, I didn’t expect him to," he added.

Spurs need a result desperately to get their season back on track, after being eliminated from two competitions in a matter of days, beaten by Fiorentina in the Europa League last Thursday.

The trouble is their league form has not been great either, since beating Arsenal they have two points from a possible nine, and have not won any of their last five in all competitions.

Monk's Swansea are only four points behind Spurs at present, although Tottenham have a game in hand, but if they were to win at White Hart Lane it can really set them up nicely to chase them down to break into the top seven over the remaining months of the season, while a loss would be particularly damaging to Pochettino's from a morale perspective as well as a points one.

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