Swansea City can move up a place to seventh if they can claim their first ever Premier League win over Tottenham, who begin the day a point behind their hosts.
After beating Queens Park Rangers at the Liberty Stadium on December 2, Swansea boss Garry Monk was hailing a ‘complete performance’, but his side allowed their standards to slip last time out at West Ham United as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.
That was despite taking the lead through Wilfried Bony, a striker who once again appears to have reached the top of his game, while teammate Gylfi Sigurdsson will be very much up for this one having never fully established himself as a regular starter in two years as a Spurs player.
The away side will be relieved that they are now without the Europa League until February, meaning they can concentrate on a busy – and indeed crucial – run of domestic games, with the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino to improve their current league standing of 10th.
Only the performance of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris prevented Tottenham from another defeat in their last league game against Crystal Palace, and it still appears that Pochettino is still searching for his best team. Here, his defence must expect a challenging examination.
Gerhard Tremmel will be in goal for Swansea as Lukasz Fabianski serves a suspension. Neil Taylor returns at left-back, but Tom Carroll cannot play against his parent club.
Tottenham are without Emmanuel Adebayor, while Kyle Walker could feature in the Premier League for the first time since March.
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