Stat Attack: Swansea City vs Spurs

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Swansea will come into this game with optimism in spite of mixed form in their most recent Premier League outings. The Swans will look to bounce back from their defeat to West Ham by replicating the form that saw them beat QPR 2-0 in their last home outing; a result that could put them up to six.

Swansea will be looking to sure things up at the back, after conceding three times last weekend to the aforementioned in-form East Londoners. To ensure this, Ashley Williams will be the man that the Swans look to for inspiration, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us why. The Wales international captain has won 73.9% of his 23 tackles so far this season, only needing to make few tackles due to his excellent reading of the game that has seen him make 35 interceptions. His solidity is unquestionable when you realise that he has amassed an astonishing 157 clearances already this season.

At the other end of the pitch, Wilfried Bony is the man who the Swans will look to to put the ball in the net. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us just how good a start to the season the Ivory Coast international has had, with seven goals and two assists to his name. The striker has hit the target a squad best 19 times and it is his power and pace that get him into this situation, hitting a top speed of 33.48km/h so far this season.

The man who is most likely to supply him and pull the strings for Swansea is their hard-working midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Iceland international, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, has covered 167.79km already this season, scoring twice and racking up eight assists. Having completed 300 passes in the opposition, he is the man that Tottenham will need to be wary of when he ventures into their half.

Tottenham sit in the middle of the table, sitting two places and one point behind their hosts for the weekend, Swansea. Tottenham are without a win in two games and will be looking to rewind to their form prior to those fixtures that saw them beat Hull and Everton. A lack of goals of late has been Spurs’ main problem, and addressing that issue will be Tottenham’s best way of rectifying their league position this weekend.

Tottenham’s go-to man in the middle of the park is Christian Eriksen, who has made a fine start to the season as illustrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The Denmark international has scored five times and got himself a further assist, amassing a grand total of 439 passes completed in the opposition area, proving he can be a threat both scoring and creating.

The Tottenham midfield also features the talents of both Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela, both of whom have started the season in fine form, as demonstrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Chadli’s contribution has been fairly easy to see, with one assist and six goals to his name and completing 234 passes in the opposition half.

On the other side of the equation, Lamela has demonstrated his hard work by covering 136.49km already this season, winning 28 tackles and making 13 interceptions, putting a shift in for his side. It will be these two players in combination with such different styles that will create havoc for the Swans’ defence.

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