Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 17th March 2018

Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon for a quarter-final Emirates FA Cup match. Even without Harry Kane and possibly Dele Alli, Spurs head to South Wales as the clear favourites to get the win and progress to the last four.

The Swans, who also have some key players missing, have improved drastically since Carvalhal took over at the Liberty, but can the home team cause an upset in this one? This all-Premier League FA Cup tie promises to be an entertaining affair in Wales.

Top Tips

Tottenham Hotspur to Win 2-0 @ 11/2

Tottenham Hotspur to Win to Nil @ 5/4

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Swansea City Form

Since Carvalhal arrived at Swansea, City’s fortunes have turned right around under their new Portuguese boss. The Swans looked dead and buried in December, but five wins, three draws and two defeats in their previous 10 has taken the Welsh side from the bottom of the table up to 14th in almost no time. Swansea are now four points clear of the drop zone and look good to prolong their top flight stay.

On their way to the last eight of the FA Cup, Swansea have already played six games, with all three of their previous ties going to replays. The Swans have beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers, Notts County and Sheffield Wednesday so far, scoring an impressive 13 goals along the way.

MatchDateScoreResult
Huddersfield Town v Swansea City 10th March 2018 0-0 Draw
Swansea City v West Ham United 3rd March 2018 4-1 Win
Swansea City v Sheffield Wednesday 27th February 2018 2-0 Win

Tottenham Hotspur Form

Tottenham were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Juventus recently, but Pochettino’s men still have a lot to play for domestically. Spurs are going great guns in the league as they are currently five points above fifth placed Chelsea in third. Defeat to Juve was their first loss in any competition since losing at Manchester City in the Premier League in December.

Like Swansea, Tottenham have also needed replays to reach the last eight. After a comfortable 3-0 win over Wimbledon in round three, Spurs needed extra games to see off both Newport County and Rochdale. In their previous FA Cup matchup last month, the Lilywhites thumped Rochdale 6-1 at Wembley Stadium in a replay to reach the quarters.

MatchDateScoreResult
Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur 11th March 2018 1-4 Win
Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus 7th March 2018 1-2 Loss
Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town 3rd March 2018 2-0 Win

Head to Head Stats

These two sides have already squared off twice in the Premier League this season. Back in September, Swansea held Tottenham to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Wembley, while Spurs won 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium in January.

Since arriving in the PL back in 2011, the Swans have not beaten the Lilywhites in 14 attempts. In fact, Tottenham have come out on top in 11 of those 14 top-flight games so will fancy their chances here.

DateHomeScoreAwayResultCompetition
2nd Jan 2018 Swansea 0-2 Tottenham Tottenham Premier League
16th Sep 2017 Tottenham 0-0 Swansea Draw Premier League
5th Apr 2017 Swansea 1-3 Tottenham Tottenham Premier League

Injuries & Suspensions

Swansea’s Jordan Ayew is out with a suspension, while his brother Andre is cup-tied. Harry Kane suffered a knee injury in last weekend’s win over Bournemouth and will miss the match, with Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld both doubts.

Swansea City

  • Leon Britton - Could miss out with a back injury
  • Angel Rangel - Out with a groin strain
  • Wilfried Bony - Will miss the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury
  • Leroy Fer - Out for the season with an Achilles tendon injury
  • Renato Sanchez - Out until late March with a hamstring strain
  • Jordan Ayew - Attacker suspended
  • Andre Ayew - Cup-tied having played for West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Toby Alderweireld - Could miss out with a hamstring injury
  • Dele Alli - Suffered a groin strain last time out
  • Harry Kane - Out with an ankle injury

Betting Tips

It will be interesting to see how Spurs cope without the influential Kane, who is set to be out for a few weeks at the very least. Former Swan Fernando Llorente, who netted in Tottenham’s 2-0 win at the Liberty a couple of months back, will no doubt lead the line on Saturday. Swansea have been hard to beat on home soil under Carvalhal, but this will be a stern test for the Swans.

Tottenham Hotspur to Win 2-0

After losing to Juventus in the Champions League, Tottenham hit back in style last weekend, thumping Bournemouth 4-1 at the Vitality Stadium in the PL. Having been knocked out at the semi-final stage of this competition last year, Pochettino will want his side to go even further this time around. Tottenham should be too strong for Swansea, so back them to beat the Swans 2-0 again at the top price of 11/2.

Tottenham Hotspur to Win to Nil

Swansea failed to score in either league fixture against Spurs this term. In fact, Tottenham have conceded just one goal to the Swans in the last four meetings. Have a punt on the away side to win to nil at 5/4 this Saturday.

Heung-Min Son to Score First

Heung-Min Son has scored seven goals in his last four appearances for Spurs. Put a few quid on Son to score the first goal in Wales (7/2).

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