Tottenham vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be keen to respond from Capital One Cup final disappointment as they take on Swansea City, who they are yet to lose to in a Premier League fixture.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side gave a good account of themselves at Wembley, but were left to rue two deflections as well as suspect marking for John Terry’s opening goal. Danger-men Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane had little influence on proceedings as Chelsea expertly countered their threat.

With their Europa League campaign also over after defeat to Fiorentina, the sole focus for Spurs now is to push for a Champions League qualification spot. With rivals Arsenal and Liverpool in top form, they are very much playing catch-up, meaning that a win here is simply a must.

Just a place and four points behind lie Swansea, who have enjoyed a remarkably good season under the inexperienced Garry Monk, who has seen his side win their last two Premier League matches, despite recent concerns over how they would cope with life after the departure of top scorer Wilfried Bony.

Although a freakish own goal saw them to victory at Burnley last time out, it was another game where the Welsh club displayed their defensive solidity, which has gone somewhat under the radar all season. The back four here is likely to contain Kyle Naughton, who along with Gylfi Sigurdsson would love to taste victory on returning to his former club.

The home side have no new injury problems, but could rotate as a result of their busy schedule. That could mean possible recalls for Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela.

Sigurdsson has recovered in time from a hamstring injury to take his place in the Swansea team, but Tom Carroll is unable to face his parent club.

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