Stats: Tottenham need Bentaleb to keep Sigurdsson quiet in Swansea clash

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Nabil Bentaleb and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be going up against each other on Wednesday night.

Gylfi Sigurdsson v Nabil Bentaleb: Head to Head: : 20150303


Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from their Capital One Cup final defeat to Chelsea as they take on Swansea City on Wednesday night.

Spurs were beaten 2-0 in the cup final on Sunday, but have no time to dwell on the loss given that Swansea are coming to town tomorrow.

With no win in the last five games in all competitions, Spurs need to get back to winning ways, and will be looking to do so against Swansea at White Hart Lane.

The game will see a number of reunions, with Swansea's Kyle Naughton facing the club that sold him just two months ago, whilst Ben Davies and Michel Vorm could feature for Tottenham having moved from the Liberty Stadium last summer.

But the ex-Spurs player that will concern manager Mauricio Pochettino the most is playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has been outstanding for the Swans since moving back to South Wales last summer.

The 25-year-old Iceland international will return to White Hart Lane for the first time since his departure, and his battle with Nabil Bentaleb in midfield could shape the game.

The duo played together under Tim Sherwood last season, but will now be going against each other in what will be a key matchup.

The stats show that Sigurdsson may have attempted more passes than Bentaleb, but fewer have been accurate - whilst Bentaleb dominates defensively, with more tackles and interceptions as he continues to show his potential under Pochettino.

Yet the reason Bentaleb's defensive attributes will be so important is because of the threat Sigurdsson possesses in the final third. With eight assists as well as four goals and 14 shots on target, Sigurdsson is one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the Premier League - meaning Bentaleb will have to play a disciplined role in tracking his former team mate and try to stop him from shooting from range, as he loves to do.

Bentaleb, 20, has shown remarkable improvement this season - and even after starring against Chelsea on Sunday, his battle with Sigurdsson could be on of his toughest assignments of the season so far.

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