Preview: Swansea v Spurs

30th March 2013

The Swans will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they host Tottenham at the Liberty Stadium (3pm).
Michael Laudrup's side have lost their last two league games, against West Brom and Arsenal respectively.
Despite those defeats the Swans still sit ninth in the Premier League table, four points clear of Stoke in tenth.
Spurs, meanwhile, have proved to be one of the most impressive sides on their travels this season, securing 26 points away from home - a record bettered only by league leaders Manchester United.
Under the guidance of Andre Villas-Boas, the north London club have been in the top four for most of the campaign and will be looking to add Champions League football to their remit for next season.
They currently lie fourth in the table - four points ahead of rivals Arsenal in fifth, but Arsene Wenger's side have a game in hand.
As a result, Spurs will be looking for maximum points at the Liberty this weekend - a ground where they had to settle for a 1-1 draw last season as Scott Sinclair's late goal earned the Swans a share of the spoils.

Team news
Chico Flores is expected to return for the Swans after missing the last five games with an ankle ligament injury.

Meanwhile, Spurs winger Aaron Lennon is a doubt for the trip to Wales after suffering from a hamstring problem.

What they said
Swans boss Michael Laudrup:"We have eight games to go, and we have to take them one by one. But the first one is very difficult.
"Of all the games we've played this season, the team that has impressed me the most is Tottenham.
"They are a strong side, with a lot of individual skill and plenty of pace. They are great on the counter attack as well so we know it's going to be tough."

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas: "We want to do better - we had a 12-game unbeaten run earlier this season that will inspire us to come back.
"We know that three defeats is something heavy and we have to find the ability to bounce back.
"70 points is usually enough to be in the four spots. There are 24 points to be played for so that means we need 16 more points - I think this time we are within our objectives."

Head to head
This is the fourth meeting between the two sides in the Premier League, with Spurs having won twice and drawn once.
The corresponding fixture last season saw the Swans secure a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea stats
The Swans have failed to score in 12 of their 30 league games this season

Michael Laudrup's men have won just three of their 13 league matches against sides that currently occupy the top half of the table, losing six and drawing four

The Swans haven't lost three league games in a row since September

Spurs stats
Only Manchester United (32) have won more points away from home in the Premier League this season than Tottenham Hotspur (26)

Of the 26 goals Gareth Bale has scored for club and country this season, ten have been the opening strike of the game

Tottenham have scored 35 of their 51 league goals after the break

32Red odds: Swansea 11/5 Spurs 25/19 Draw 12/5