Swansea

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Liberty Stadium

02/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

Tottenham Hotspur

V

Liberty Stadium

02/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: It’s not an ideal start to the new year for bottom club Swansea and new boss Carlos Carvalhal, as a Tottenham team they’ve never beaten in the Premier League pitch up at the Liberty.

Last time: The Swans did well to hold Spurs to a goalless draw at Wembley in mid-September, but have picked up just eight points since then. In 13 games since Swansea returned to the top flight of English football, Tottenham have beaten them 10 times.

This time: Swansea are 14/1 to win, while Tottenham are 3/10 and the draw is 5/1.

You might remember: Tottenham’s demolition job against the Swans at White Hart Lane last December. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both bagged braces, while Son Heung-Min also found the net in a 5-0 rout.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester

Swansea didn’t waste too much time in pulling the trigger on Paul Clement, and are laying their burden of survival on the shoulders of Portuguese manager Carvalhal. If the players suddenly find it within themselves to raise their game for the new boss then perhaps there could be an upset on the cards, but form and league position says this will be a comfortable victory for Tottenham.

Swansea are a massive 14/1 despite being the home team in this Tuesday evening clash, and managing to hold Spurs earlier in the campaign. These are desperate times for the South Wales club though, who face a tough run of fixtures over the coming weeks. This game against a team gunning for the top four is a free hit though, as few will give the Swans any chance of a result. But if they keep things tight at the back as they did at Wembley, you never know. If you fancy Swansea to nick a 1-0 win, the odds are 30/1.

Tottenham are 3/10 to take all three points back to London with them, and if Kane’s in the team then they’ll pose a huge threat to the home defence. Back-to-back hat-tricks have helped Spurs plunder eight goals in their last two games, while Tuesday’s opponents shipped five to Liverpool on Boxing Day. With the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United in action at least once before this game, Tottenham are likely to need a win to avoid dropping off the pace in the hunt for the Champions League places.

The draw is 5/1 and a slightly more realistic bet if you think Spurs will have another stumble. If Kane doesn’t play then Swansea will have a much better chance of keeping their visitors out, with a second goalless draw of the season priced at 27/2.

Swansea are 7/1 to keep a clean sheet, which could be tempting depending on how Tottenham’s attack lines up. Former Swans hitman Fernando Llorente could start if Kane doesn’t make it, and he’s priced at 7/2 to open the scoring for Spurs or 11/10 to net anytime. For Swansea, Wilfried Bony is currently priced at 13/1 to bag first, and 5/1 to score anytime.

Kane is the 11/5 favourite to score the game’s first goal, and 8/13 to find the target at any point during the game. Playmaker Eriksen has been in superb form for much of the season and looks tempting at 13/5 anytime, or 7/1 to score first.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Sinking Swans. If the new manager fails to ignite his players then the air of pessimism that greeted his arrival will quickly become vindicated. Swansea have struggled for goals all season and are 4/6 to draw another blank, while Spurs to win to nil is priced at 10/11.

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We fancy:

Sinking Swans. If the new manager fails to ignite his players then the air of pessimism that greeted his arrival will quickly become vindicated. Swansea have struggled for goals all season and are 4/6 to draw another blank, while Spurs to win to nil is priced at 10/11.

 

 

 

 

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It’s a long shot, but:

Bony to score and Swansea to win 1-0 at 100/1. This is a huge price for Bony to pop up with the only goal of the game, and looks like a decent option if you like to spread your bets with some left-field selections. If the Ivorian doesn’t start, Tammy Abraham is also 100/1 for the same bet.

 

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!