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Premier League preview: Swansea v Tottenham
Mar 29, 2013 12:00 AM GMT
Swansea entertain Tottenham at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday in what should prove to be a mouth-watering clash.
Spurs have stuttered of late and must quickly regain composure for the Premier League run-in, while Swansea can continue their impressive League Cup-winning season with the three points at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham sit precariously four points ahead of north London rivals Arsenal and will be well aware of late-season lapses that have seen them fall out of Champions League contention in recent seasons.
The Gunners have a game in hand and as well as the reward of Champions League football on offer, would dearly love to wrench it from their hapless neighbours' grasp.
In Gareth Bale and Michu, Tottenham and Swansea boast two of this season's best performers.
Spurs' defence must track the elusive Spaniard closely, with Michu capable of scoring all types of goals, his 15-goal tally proof of that.
Meanwhile, Welshman Bale has been showered with praise from all quarters and is perhaps the most prized commodity in world football at the moment.
He has 16 goals to his name and after his staggering season, you feel Spurs may live and die by his ability to single-handedly pick up the points required to finish in the top four.
Bale picked up a knock against Scotland on international duty but is expected to shake it off in time for Saturday.
Defender Michael Dawson pulled out of England's squad to face Montenegro and is in some doubt, as is Aaron Lennon (groin).