Bet Swansea City on the Asian Handicap to keep it close against a tired TottenhamPublished February 28, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur have climbed up to second in the table on the back of a five-match winning run in the Premier League and, depending on Leicester City’s result on Saturday, could potentially go top of the table should they beat Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.
Swansea face two games away to both of the North London title contenders over the course of just a few days, with a trip to the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal to follow this match on Wednesday. Anything they can take from these games will be considered a bonus, but they will already largely be focused on the following three games against fellow relegation candidates – Norwich City (H); Bournemouth (A) and Aston Villa (H).
Fatigue could be a potential issue here, as this will be Tottenham’s fifth match in 15 days, whereas Swansea’s last game was on 13th February. Renowned for their hard-running, Mauricio Pochettino will no doubt rotate his squad to some degree for Thursday’s Europa League tie with Fiorentina, but they might just struggle against the Jacks having played so many games of late.
Harry Kane is expected to miss the Fiorentina game after breaking his nose in last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, but should be back to face Swansea. However, key Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele isn’t expected to be available after coming off at half-time with a groin injury against the Eagles. In addition, Tom Carroll is out with an Achilles problem, while Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie are long-term absentees with knee injuries.
Swansea have struggled for goals all season, scoring just 24 in 26 Premier League matches and they’ve not scored more than two goals in any of them. January signing Alberto Paloschi has yet to find the target since joining and has struggled to adapt to the English game so far. The main danger for Tottenham in the opposition ranks is likely to come from their former player, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Having firmly established themselves as genuine title contenders, this is a game where all the pressure is on Tottenham. There are just signs though that an already long season might just be starting to take its toll.
The Asian Handicap offers an opportunity to back Swansea + 1.25 goals, which would mean you would have a winning bet were Swansea to avoid defeat and in the event of loss by any one-goal margin, you would still have half your stake settled as a winning bet and the other half returned.