Swansea City Vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview

 @christianvansly on March 29 2013 5:39 PM

Preview

Michael Dawson has challenged Tottenham to end their dismal losing streak and go on another unbeaten run to secure their place in next year's Champions League.

A 12-match unbeaten sequence towards the end of 2012 meant Spurs were odds-on to qualify for the Europe's top club competition, but defeats against Liverpool and Fulham mean Spurs are now in danger of blowing their chances for a second successive year.

A defeat at Swansea tomorrow, coupled with victory for Arsenal over Reading, will put the Gunners just one point behind their rivals with a game in hand.

Another loss tomorrow will also give Villas-Boas the unwanted tag of being the first Spurs boss since David Pleat in 2004 to preside over a four-match losing run.

The Portuguese manager was upbeat about his team's top-four prospects yesterday, though, and his captain echoed those sentiments today.

“Everyone was disappointed with the result against Fulham but that's behind us now and we have to push on again,” Dawson told Spurs TV Online.

“We showed exactly what we're capable of when we went on that unbeaten run and we've got to look to do something similar between now and the end of the season. We know it will be tough, but the determination is there.”

Tomorrow's game at Swansea would have looked like one of the toughest fixtures in the calendar earlier this season, but the Welsh club's victory in the Capital One Cup final last month means they have little to play for.

Team News

Swansea City

 

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will be without Neil Taylor for the game at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as he steps up his return from a a fractured ankle, instead being earmarked for a reserve game next Tuesday against Colchester United.

There is some good news for the Dane, though, with Kemy Agustien expected to be passed fit after recovering from a hip injury while centre-back Chico Flores could make his first start for the side since featuring against QPR in February.

 

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas only has two players on the casualty list, with Sandro (knee) and Younes Kaboul (knee) both long-term absentees, with Gareth Bale expected to shake off both the ankle strain and stomach virus which dogged his time away with the Wales team on international duty.

Probable Lineups

Swansea City

Vorm (GK); Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies; Ki, Britton, De Guzman; Dyer, Michu, Pablo

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris (GK); Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Holtby; Bale, Adebayor

Recent Form

Swansea City: L/W/L/W/L/L

Tottenham Hotspur: W/W/W/W/L/L

Live Streaming

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Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Swansea City

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