Tottenham v Swansea City preview: Spurs welcome Harry Kane back
Last Updated: 28/02/16 2:07pm
Tottenham will have Harry Kane available for Sunday's Premier League clash with Swansea after breaking his nose against Crystal Palace.
Kane sat out Spurs' Europa League win over Fiorentina on Thursday night but could wear a face mask this weekend in a bid to maintain his side's title charge.
Defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup saw Spurs' trophy hunt reduced to two fronts, although a comprehensive European victory proved to be the perfect tonic for Mauricio Pochettino's side.
Swansea, meanwhile, travel to north London on the back of their first defeat under new head coach Francesco Guidolin.
Having initially steadied the ship at the Liberty Stadium in his first four games at the helm, Guidolin's side came up short against a resurgent Southampton side, a result which dropped the club back into the relegation mix.
The Swans will be keen to get back to winning ways on Sunday but they face a tough task at a White Hart Lane where they have lost each of their four Premier League visits.
Mousa Dembele will miss the match with Swansea with a groin strain while Tom Carroll is out with an Achilles problem. Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie remain sidelined with knee injuries.
Swansea have a clean bill of health as they return to action after a 15-day break at Tottenham.
Jefferson Montero had to drop out of a training session last week as the Global Positioning System he was wearing showed that he was risking injury, but the Ecuadorian winger has been declared fit and is part of the squad at White Hart Lane.
Swansea's only pre-match concern has been head coach Francesco Guidolin but the Italian is expected to take his place in the dug-out on Sunday following a chest infection.
Spurs have won seven and lost none of the nine Premier League games against Swansea (D2).
Swansea have collected just 0.22 points per game on average in the Premier League against Spurs; fewer than against any other opponent in the competition.
Tottenham Hotspur have recovered 14 points from losing positions in the Premier League; more than any other team in the division.
Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 17 Premier League appearances for Tottenham Hotspur.
Swansea City have hit the woodwork more often than any other team in the Premier League this season (15).
If Tottenham Hotspur win this match, it will be their highest ever haul of points after 27 Premier League games beating the 53 they had earned in 2011-12.
Spurs have fired in more shots on target than any other team in the Premier League this season (170).
Tottenham have only allowed 79 shots on target against them in 2015/16, fewer than any other team in the top flight.
Christian Eriksen has had a hand in five goals (three goals, two assists) in his last five Premier League appearances for Spurs.
Eriksen has scored three goals in his last three Premier League appearances against the Swans.
I worry for Swansea because I don't think they are defensively very good. Francesco Guidolin has come in and is having to adapt to the Premier League. He started off alright but now they are on a bit of a slippery slope towards the relegation zone.
On the other hand, Spurs are flying in the league and they can pick up another three points in front of their home fans with a 2-0 win. I'm backing Harry Kane for the opener.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet Odds 9/2)