Tottenham have their second successive away match and they will be keen to win as they attempt to reel in Chelsea, who slipped up at the weekend. They are now seven points behind the Blues and with the league leaders welcoming Manchester City on Wednesday, there could be another opportunity to close the gap. Their opponents this week are Swansea City, who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the league. It won’t be an easy match for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, but they will go into it as favourites motivated by the possibility of a title challenge.
Paul Clement has been excellent since taking over from Bob Bradley and the Swans have managed to climb out of the bottom three. However, results at the weekend went against them and relegation fears have increased once more. They are only one point above Hull City with eight matches left to play. Given the players in their squad, they should have enough to stay up, but they won’t fancy their chances against an in-form Tottenham side. It is a fixture that they haven’t fared well in recently, with their last victory over Spurs coming in 1991.
Pochettino played down his team’s title hopes at the weekend after they closed the gap to seven. However, he will know that the next two weeks could provide further opportunities for them to get closer to Chelsea. The league leaders have matches against Manchester City and Manchester United on the horizon, which will be difficult for them. Although Harry Kane is injured, Tottenham are playing some great football and will be full of confidence ahead of Wednesday night.
The Welsh club haven’t managed to win in their last three Premier League matches, which has been a disappointment as their rivals at the bottom keep picking up points. At the weekend, they played out a goalless draw with Middlesbrough and they will be frustrated that they didn’t win given that they dominated for much of the game.
After a disappointing loss to Liverpool in February, Tottenham have won four successive Premier League matches. Their performances haven’t been completely perfect, but they are one of the best teams in the country and Mauricio Pochettino has done a great job to establish Spurs in the top four. At the weekend, they beat Burnley with relative comfort and they will be confident of delivering a similar result in South Wales.
Fernando Llorente could return to the starting eleven and that would be great news as he was massively missed on Sunday. Martin Olsson should recover from the knock he suffered to start against Tottenham.
Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele should both return after starting from the bench at the weekend. Son Heung-min came on and scored against Burnley. He should return to the starting eleven in South Wales.
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Fernando Llorente is a doubt after missing out against Middlesbrough. Leon Britton, Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer are all set to miss out through injury.
Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama are both doubts after picking up knocks against Burnley. Harry Winks will miss out with an ankle injury. Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain on the treatment table.
Verdict: Swansea City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
An away victory looks to be the most likely result as they have been in great form and have the extra motivation given Chelsea’s slip up at the weekend. They need to do keep the pressure on the Blues to ensure that they aren’t allowed to coast to the title. It remains unlikely that they will be able to catch them, but they can’t relent until it is mathematically impossible. Swansea have dropped off in recent weeks and they will need to improve significantly if they are to get a positive result on Wednesday.