Sports Betting Weekly

Swansea v Tottenham Hotspur

When: Sunday, 14 December 2014 @ 22:00 (FINISHED)
Where: Liberty Stadium
Sunday’s late afternoon fixture throws up another tantalising clash between two of the teams vying for European football this season as Swansea entertain Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium. Of the two, it will no doubt be Gary Monk’s men who are currently happier with their Premier League position, but both sides will be looking to bounce back from disappointing results last week.

The Swans gave a good account of themselves in the opening stages before ultimately going down 3-1 at West Ham, while Spurs looked bereft of a creative spark in a dire 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. The two results mean that the visitors travel to Wales two places and one point behind Swansea in the Premier League table and – as such – they go into the game as slight underdogs at 12/5.

The hosts, meanwhile, are being touted at 7/5 for the victory – with the draw being chalked up at 2/1 – making this a very closely-priced affair and a difficult game to tackle from a match betting point of view. It should be noted that Spurs have not kept a clean sheet on their travels since the opening day of the season, while Swansea have scored in all but one of their home games, making it highly likely that both teams will score at 8/11 and there will be more than 2.5 goals at 39/40.

With both sides liking to press the opposition and play on the counter-attack, it will be interesting to see how Mauricio Pochettino and his opposite number decide to approach the game, but if Spurs are as wasteful in their passing in the final third as they were against Palace last Saturday, there can be no doubt that Swansea have the personnel to exploit the space they will inevitably leave behind.

As such, both Jefferson Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be key to the Swans’ cause – and with the latter player never really demonstrating what he was capable of during his spell at Spurs, he’ll be desperate to show his former employers what they’re missing out on. The midfielder is likely to be more motivated than ever and you can get 5/2 on him scoring any time, while with eight assists to his name already, he’ll also be tasked with providing the ammunition for the in-form Wilfried Bony.

The Ivorian is 8/1 to score two or more goals in the game – something he has managed once this season already – while the possible return of Emmanuel Adebayor casts some doubts over who will lead the line for Spurs, making Christian Eriksen the stand-out option to score first for the visitors at 9/1.