TALKING TACTICS: Tottenham v Swans
3rd December 2016
Ahead of the Premier League meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, we have teamed up with football stats experts WhoScored.com to preview this afternoon's encounter.
The Swans will aim to build on last weekend's highly-entertaining win over Crystal Palace, with Bob Bradley's side now unbeaten in back-to-back Premier League games as they look to haul themselves up the table.
The trip to White Hart Lane will be testing to say the least, but Spurs themselves are on an indifferent run of form having won just one of their last ten competitive fixtures.
Swansea hope they can worsen Spurs' run and use last weekend's 5-4 victory at Palace's expense as a springboard for success.
That may be easier said than done at White Hart Lane, but if Leroy Fer churns out another man-of-the-match display, the Swans have a much better chance of back-to-back league wins.
A WhoScored.com rating of 8.87 against Palace was enough to gain a spot in the Premier League team of the week, with the Dutch midfielder remaining the club's highest-rated player this season with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.33.
A brace in the aforementioned win means Fer has scored more goals (6) than any other central midfielder in the Premier League this season and it's his goalscoring tendencies that will be crucial in the capital on Saturday. Indeed, of players to score five or more top-flight goals this term, Fer's conversion rate (24%) ranks among the top five, which is a hugely impressive return for the 26-year-old.
The team are far more effective in the final third with the Dutch midfielder in the side, with Swansea averaging more goals per game with Fer starting (1.4) than without him (1) since his initial arrival back in February.
Once he is in possession, Fer remains a tough player to stop with the former QPR and Norwich man developing a statistically-calculated WhoScored.com strength of 'dribbling'. It's reinforced in that of players to attempt more than 15 dribbles in the Premier League this season, his success rate is a respectable fourth with 84.2%.
Once he gains a head of steam, Fer is one of the more difficult players to stop in the league and Spurs need to be wary of the attacking threat he carries if they are to limit his influence in the middle of the park. That's where Victor Wanyama's impact in midfield comes in handy.
The Kenyan has been a key man for Spurs on the back of his summer arrival from Southampton with his WhoScored.com rating a respectable 7.11. One of his two statistically-calculated WhoScored.com strengths is 'tackling', with Wanyama one of the best in his position in England's top tier this term.
Getting the better of the 25-year-old is vital for Swansea if they are to land a second successive league win.
Fer, though, has the ability to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and haul Swansea to another positive result, particularly if he can recreate a similar performance to the one last week.
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