Tottenham welcome Swansea City to White Hart Lane for a Premier League fixture on Sunday 16 December, with Spurs looking to recover from a surprise 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park last week. The Swans, meanwhile, were involved in a midweek game - a Capital One Cup quarter final against Championship side Middlesbrough - which they won 1-0 at home. Importantly, Michael Laudrup takes the Liberty Stadium club to London with the knowledge that a win would see the Welsh team move above Spurs in the table. 

Jermain Defoe
AVB will be banking on Defoe for the weekend clash against Swansea City

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 1:30pm GMT on Sunday 16 December. Live coverage of the match will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch highlights on Match of the Day 2, on BBC One and BBC One HD, at 10:30pm GMT.

Overview

Andre Villas-Boas would have been disappointed by the defeat to Everton. The London club were on a run of four straight wins when they travelled to play David Moyes' side but were undone by a 90th minute Steven Pienaar goal. Nevertheless, AVB should be pleased with his side's form; Spurs have won four of six games since the shambolic 5-2 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal. The defensive line has conceded only five times in the last six games - as many as they conceded in 90 minutes at the Emirates.

The other bit of good news for Spurs fans is their club's home form has been reasonably good. AVB has won four of eight games at home and they have only lost twice (to Wigan and Chelsea). If the hosts for this game can get off to a bright start, expect last season's Champions League challengers to continue their climb up the Premier League table.

The Welsh club, meanwhile, started the season with an absolute bang, hammering QPR 0-5 at Loftus Road and disposing of Sam Allardyce's West Ham United 3-0 at home. However, Michael Laudrup then ran into choppy waters in the Premier League, as the club lost three of the next five league games. However, there have been plenty of high points in the season so far, including memorable wins at Anfield (Capital One Cup) and the Emirates.

Swansea come into this game having lost their last league fixture - 3-4 to Norwich City. And Laudrup will be keen to avoid another defeat at all costs, particularly since the holiday fixture list has not been kind to his club. Apart from Spurs, the club hosts league leaders Manchester United and then faces difficult trips to relegation-threatened Reading and mid-table Fulham.

Michu
Michu has been impressive this season and is currently the Premier League's top scorer

Team Guide

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W W W
  • Last Result: Everton 2 - 1 Tottenham 

Swansea City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W D
  • Last Result: Swansea 1 - 0 Middlesbrough

Team News

Andre Villas Boas
Andre Villas Boas will be looking for a win against the Welsh club this weekend.

The biggest concern for AVB is the possible absence of winger Gareth Bale. The 23-year-old Wales international is in outstanding form and has cemented his reputation as one of the most exciting attacking talents in the European game, a status that has attracted serious interest from the glamorous Spanish duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Bale injured his hamstring in the derby win over Fulham and faces a late fitness test ahead of this game. However, unless he clears it with flying colours, AVB is not likely to risk his talisman, so a possible substitute's appearance is more likely.

Aside from the Welshman, AVB will also have one eye on the fitness of England midfielder Scott Parker and Cameroonian left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The pair have only just returned from an Achilles and knee injury, respectively. English centre-back Michael Dawson is another who will face a late test.

Meanwhile, French centre-back Younes Kaboul is definitely not available.

Probable Line-Up: Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton; Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey; Adebayor, Defoe

A former Barcelona and Real Madrid star himself, Laudrup now has worries over injuries to goalkeeper Michel Vorm (groin), winger Pablo Hernandez and defender Neil Taylor (ankle). Midfielder Leon Britton (knee) is a doubt for this game but Welsh national team captain Ashley Williams will be available after his suspension for a fifth yellow card.

Probable Line-Up: Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; De Guzman, Ki; Dyer, Michu, Routledge; Shechter