Why Tottenham need to keep a clean sheet against Swansea City
Tottenham will be on a high after their impressive Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund and they will be looking for another Wembley win as they host Swansea City on Saturday. On paper, this looks to be a straight forward match for Spurs, as they are unbeaten against the Swans in the Premier League. Their record is ten wins and two draws from 12 matches. The last time the Welsh club beat them in the league was in 1982.
However, there are reasons to be optimistic for Swansea fans, as the Wembley hoodoo hasn’t been completely broken. Tottenham’s win over Dortmund will have gone a long way to creating a positive feeling among the supporters, but it was only the first step to them feeling at home at the national stadium. They are known for their excellent defence, but they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 matches at Wembley.
This is a worrying statistic and one that could play on the minds of the players. Mauricio Pochettino won’t read too much into it though as his team have managed to keep clean sheets in both of their Premier League away matches this season. They delivered an assured defensive display against Dortmund, but a wonder-strike from Andriy Yarmolenko meant that they once again failed to keep the opposition out at Wembley.
Although the statistic is a concerning one as it indicates a defensive issue at Wembley, they should be able to put an end to that poor run on Saturday. Swansea have looked like one of the worst attacking teams in the Premier League during the opening few weeks. They have failed to score in all but one match and lack the fluidity in attack that they once had. Paul Clement has made them more organised at the back, but they have become predictable in the final third.
This is an important match for Tottenham as they have a great opportunity to put an end to the talk about Wembley. The victory over Dortmund was a good start, but they must follow that up with another positive result and keep a clean sheet in the process. These statistics might seem pointless in the grand scheme of things, but they can weigh heavily on the players, which leads to them continuing. Spurs will be desperate to put an end to this one with a clean sheet this weekend.
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