Tottenham v Swansea preview: Spurs aiming for first Wembley league win
Last Updated: 16/09/17 5:38pm
Tottenham will be looking to prove there is no Premier League curse at Wembley by registering their first league win there against Swansea on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).
Spurs grabbed an impressive victory over Borussia Dortmund in midweek at the 'home of football' but are winless in the league there after losing to Chelsea and drawing with Burnley.
If you take away their Wembley worries, Tottenham have been in relentless form, having won 14 of their last 17 Premier League games, including a run of nine straight wins.
Swansea face a tough ask to get something and Paul Clement will be calling for a response following their 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.
Erik Lamela, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama all remain unavailable for Tottenham.
Lamela (hip) is in the advanced stages of his rehab while Rose is expected to return from his knee injury in the coming weeks.
Wanyama also has knee trouble after sustaining an injury in training prior to the Burnley fixture.
Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is again absent for the Premier League game.
Ki has not played this season after having knee surgery but is close to rejoining training.
Kyle Bartley (knee ligaments) and Nathan Dyer (Achilles) remain out, but Scotland Under-21 striker Oli McBurnie returns to the squad after his proposed loan switch to Barnsley fell through because the paperwork was not processed in time.
Tottenham have never lost to Swansea in the Premier League, winning 10 of 12 meetings in the competition (D2).
Swansea have lost all six of their Premier League away games versus Spurs, shipping 15 goals and failing to score in three.
The Swans have lost 18 of their last 19 away games versus Tottenham in all competitions (W1), with their sole victory arriving in a League Cup clash in September 1978 (3-1).
Of all teams that Tottenham have faced 10+ times in the Premier League, they have their highest win rate (83.3%) and goals-per-game average (2.33) against Swansea City.
Spurs have dropped more points in home games at Wembley Stadium this season (5) than they did in the entire 2016-17 Premier League season at White Hart Lane (4).
Tottenham will be looking to score in their 30th consecutive Premier League home game - they haven't failed to score in a match at home in the competition since January 13th 2016 (0-1 v Leicester City).
Harry Kane has 23 goals in 21 league appearances in 2017 so far. Coming in to this weekend, only Lionel Messi (30 in 24 games) and Edinson Cavani (24 in 24 games) in this period across the big five European Leagues.
Paul Merson's prediction
I watched Swansea win at Palace and they weren't very good, then they lost at home to Newcastle and they weren't very good, so I don't see how they will live with Tottenham, who will be buzzing after their midweek win against Borussia Dortmund.
We have always said they are a good team but they need to win a league game at Wembley. They looked a bit nervous against Burnley and the longer the game went on you thought Burnley could score.
But they went to Everton and ripped them apart - that could have been any score. I don't see too many teams doing that at Goodison Park. I think they win this comfortably.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
Tottenham are Sky Bet's shortest-priced favourites of the day at 2/9 with odds of 11/1 stacked against Swansea, while the draw is priced at 5/1.
Mauricio Pochettino's men have been trimmed to 12/1 for the title following their resurgent start, while their visitors are 13/8 third favourites for relegation. Harry Kane heads the first goalscorer betting at 15/8 and is enhanced from 7/1 to 10/1 to score a hat-trick in Sky Bet's Price Boosts, while the Swans' strikers are all 12/1 to open the scoring.