Capital One Cup winners Swansea will be keen to avoid ending their season with a whimper and in the process, heaping more pressure on Tottenham, who have just begun to stutter a little in their chase for Champions League football next season.
The Swans have performed magnificently all season long and still remain in a heady ninth-position. However, since their league cup success at the end of February, Michael Laudrup’s men have begun to slacken with only one win and two defeats from their three matches. Indeed, the last of those defeats, a poor 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal, saw the hosts fail to register even a single shot on target.
Laudrup could have central-defender Chico Flores again after seven weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage while the Dane has been keen to stress his side’s freshness after so few of his players were picked for their respective international sides. However, Kemy Agustien is unlikely to feature due to a long-standing thigh problem while Neil Taylor remains absent with a broken and dislocated ankle.
Tottenham were eyeing second place in the table after disposing of Arsenal at White Hart Lane at the beginning of March. However, the Lilywhites appear to be paying the price for Andre Villas-Boas’ desire to play his strongest line-up in the Europa League with their progress through to the semi-finals of that competition juxtaposed by two consecutive league defeats, the last of which a dispiriting and deserved 1-0 reverse at home to Fulham.
Spurs still sit in fourth four points above the Gunners but their rivals do have a game in hand and their just appears to be signs that Villas-Boas’ men are beginning to look down rather than up in the table.
The visitors will have a fully-fit Gareth Bale to select on their trip to South Wales after the in-form winger struggled with injury over the international break while Aaron Lennon (hamstring and groin) and Michael Dawson (hamstring) are also fit to play.
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