The team with the fewest goals conceded at home are set to face free-scoring Tottenham, and there are absolutely no doubts we are going to see a very interesting game at Liberty Stadium.
Even if they were seen as one of the main candidates for the drop, Swansea have done brilliantly to stay above the bottom three, and I am pretty sure that they will avoid the drop this term.
Brendan Rodgers’ side may have brought just three points from nine away games, but they have been thoroughly impressive at their Liberty Stadium, with their 4-4-1 record the 6th best in the Premiership.
The Swans not only recorded a positive result in all but one home game, but they conceded just three goals at Liberty so far, although that record will be put to a serious test against Tottenham.
Swansea failed to beat QPR at home last time out despite taking the lead, and they are now no less than 5.50 (9/2) with bet365 to produce an upset and claim maximum points against Tottenham.
Steven Caulker is ineligible to face his parent club, but Angel Rangel and Neil Taylor should be fit to play.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Vorm – Rangel, Williams, Monk, Richards – Allen, Britton, Agustien – Routledge, Graham, Sinclair.
After their top 4 rivals spent piles of cash on new players in the summer, Tottenham were not really seen as one of the favourites for Champions League places.
The predictions looked to be spot on when Spurs were easily beaten by both Manchester United and Manchester City in the opening two rounds, but little did everyone know that Harry Redknapp’s side would soon rise from the ashes.
Boosted by summer arrivals Adebayor and Parker, as well as the scintillating form of key players Bale, Modric and Van der Vaart, Tottenham embarked on a run of results that made everyone see them as genuine title contenders.
Having failed to beat Chelsea at home, Spurs produced a magnificent performance to beat high-flying Norwich at Carrow Road, thus closing the gap behind Premier League leaders to just seven points, with a game in hand.
Taking all this into account, Harry Redknapp’s side have got to be considered favourites in this clash, so no wonder Bodog pays just 1.73 (8/11) on away win. This could easily become one of the most popular football bets this weekend.
Captain Ledley King is set to return after being rested against Norwich, but Jermain Defoe remains doubtful. Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson are still sidelined.
Probable starting line-up (4-5-1): Friedel – Walker, King, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto – Van der Vaart, Modric, Parker, Sandro, Bale – Adebayor.