BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will beat Swansea City on New Year’s Eve.
Personally I’m a bit worried about this match and see it as a potential banana skin. Swansea have a good home record this season and it’s vital that we don’t slip up after such a good performance against fellow Premier League newcomers Norwich.
He told BBC Sport Online: “This will be an interesting battle in the middle of the park because I believe the strongest part of Swansea’s team is the midfield, especially with the way their right-back and left-back come out of defence and join in. The Swans are usually more than happy to keep the ball but I just think they might spend more time chasing Spurs here.
“Yes, Brendan Rodgers’s side have only lost against Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium since being promoted but the way Tottenham are playing they will cause any team problems and they are in the mindset where they think they can beat anyone.
“Gareth Bale is flying. Whether on the right, left or through the middle, the way the Spurs side is set up means he has a licence to roam and, once he runs at you, he is unstoppable.
“Rafael Van der Vaart is fit, Emmanuel Adebayor and Luka Modric are still on form and you can see the depth in their squad from the way Sandro has come into the team in recent weeks and looked a very good player.
“So, as good as Swansea have been at home this season, I have to back Tottenham to take the three points.
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