Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur host Swansea City at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, in a game that could see the Londoners return to form ahead of a tough run of results. Spurs have been short of wins in recent weeks and are losing ground on the sides in the top-four due to their dropped points. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will remain unmoved in the table if they win against Swansea, but a victory this weekend will boost their confidence following a difficult spell. Swansea City are also desperate for a result to claw their way out of the relegation zone so this weekend’s game has a lot at stake. Tottenham are currently fifth in the Premier League with 24 points from 13 games this season, having picked up just one win from their last six. The Londoners are enduring their worst run of form for many years, having failed to win eight of their last nine in all competitions. Spurs have been more convincing on home soil in the Premier League, however, winning four and drawing two of their six games at White Hart Lane, and will fancy their chances against a Swansea City side with woeful away form. City are in the relegation zone ahead of this weekend’s clash, and their poor defensive record might see the Lilywhites back to winning ways and prolific in front of goal. Swansea City are 19th in the Premier League table with just nine points from 13 games, having managed just two wins all season. Bob Bradley’s men have the second-worst defensive record in the league and haven’t won on the road since the opening day of the campaign. Swansea did win their last outing at home to Crystal Palace but still conceded four goals for their troubles and looked as likely to lose as win. The Welsh club have an awful record against Tottenham Hotspur in the division too, having never beaten Spurs since the Premier League’s inception, and their lack of goals could see them struggling against the division’s joint-best defence. Tottenham have conceded just 10 goals from their 13 games this season, and face a Swansea City side who have scored one or fewer goals in seven of their last nine in the Premier League. And with Spurs boasting eight wins and two draws from their 10 head-to-heads, Saturday’s game is likely to be a foregone conclusion. Swansea’s defensive record could be exploited by Tottenham, having conceded 11 goals in their last four, and with City’s five meetings against the top-six resulting in one point and 13 goals conceded, Tottenham should make it consecutive home wins this weekend. Swansea could move out of the bottom three with victory at White Hart Lane but they have looked far from convincing and are instead likely to come unstuck. The visitors have been bereft of quality after selling so many influential players in recent years, and they could be run ragged by a Tottenham outfit actively seeking to arrest their recent slide. For Spurs, a meeting with City is the perfect opportunity to turn things around.