Tottenham vs Swansea City - Match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Tottenham put an end to their Wembley hoodoo in the Champions League with an impressive victory over Borussia Dortmund. They will now look to continue their positive momentum with a win against Swansea City this weekend. Their record against Swansea is excellent as they haven’t been on the losing side against them since 1991. Last season, they scored eight goals during the two fixtures and they will be looking for another convincing victory on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the position that his team find themselves in at this early stage. There was initial concern at the lack of transfer business, but a late flurry has provided the squad with depth and options. Despite their loss to Chelsea, they have had a good start and their result against Dortmund will give them a lot of confidence heading into the next few weeks.
There was a lot of excitement about Swansea in the media after their deadline day business. They signed Renato Sanches on loan and brought Wilfried Bony back on a permanent deal. However, they did suffer the losses of Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson during the transfer window. It will be a year of transition and a tough battle for Paul Clement to keep them clear of relegation.
The home side have taken seven points from their opening four matches, which is a decent start, but they will have ambition to press ahead and go on a run of good results. Their last two matches were wins against Everton and Borussia Dortmund, underlining the quality of the current squad. They will be full of confidence this weekend.
Swansea could have had a worse start as they have four points, but they will be concerned by their inability to take a positive result from their home match against Newcastle. That defeat has increased pessimism in South Wales and they won’t be confident of taking something from this fixture.
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Tottenham will play an unchanged team to the one that beat Everton. Although Serge Aurier impressed during the Champions League match, Pochettino likes to rotate and he will likely bring Kieran Trippier back into the starting eleven.
Paul Clement will admit that he made an error in changing the formation against Newcastle. He could choose to go back to a three-man defence and match Tottenham on Saturday. Renato Sanches would take up one of the attacking roles behind Tammy Abraham. Wilfried Bony might have to settle for a place on the bench again.
Victor Wanyama won’t be back for this weekend’s match as he continues to struggle with a knee injury. Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain on the treatment table.
Swansea have a number of players that will miss out, with Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Ki Sung-yeung and Nathan Dyer all unlikely to feature at Wembley
Score prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Swansea City
Tottenham have been a dominant force in this fixture for the last few years and they will be confident of taking three points again on Saturday. Swansea City are very much a team in development and they lack the slickness of the side they will be competing against on Saturday. They have talent, but this match comes too soon for them to offer much of a threat.
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