What a time it is to be a Swansea City fan. Riding high in the top flight for the first time in over 30 years, into the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time in their history and playing some great football to boot, life has hardly been better for the Jack Army.
The last few seasons have been great for the south Welsh outfit, harking back to the days when John Toshack guided them all the way up the league ladder.
It is certainly a far cry from a decade ago, when Swansea were just one game away from relegation out of the Football League, and to look at the club now, in the top half of the Premier League and in a classy new stadium, is to see what can be achieved at a well-run club.
Michael Laudrup is the latest in a succession of managers who have added their own touch to a blueprint that was laid down by chairman Huw Jenkins and the Swansea supremo is an example to men in board rooms up and down the country.
And he is now being rewarded on the pitch. After a couple of near misses, Swansea were promoted last summer and haven’t looked back, with Brendan Rodgers securing a comfortable mid-table finish, something that Laudrup already looks set to emulate at the very least.
The Dane may have lost some of last year’s key men in Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Scott Sinclair, but he has replaced them brilliantly and it doesn’t need me to tell you that Michu, now joint Premier League top scorer, was the bargain of the summer.
And though their last league match was a home defeat to Norwich City, I think they are more than capable of giving Tottenham Hotspur a match when they go to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The bookies at bwin are obviously catching on to Swansea, too, giving odds of 4/1 for them to pick up the three points, compared with 6/1 when they last visited north London and beat Arsenal at the Emirates.
The draw is 29/10, with Tottenham at 31/50, and there is something I just don’t trust about Spurs at those type of odds at home, where I don’t think they have been very convincing all season.
Andre Villas-Boas has endured an up and down start to his Spurs career, with his team looking accomplished one moment and clueless the next, sometimes even within the same game.
Their last home league match against Liverpool summed that up: 2-0 up after a blistering opening, Spurs spent the rest of the game on the back foot and in the end were very lucky to emerge victorious.
And with a record of six wins in 11 home games, keeping just two clean sheets and failing to beat Wigan, West Brom and Norwich, I am not yet ready to take a quote of 31/50 on a Spurs side that I still view as unpredictable.
Instead, I’d rather be on the 6/5 that Swansea avoid defeat. That reverse at home to Norwich last week was only City’s second in 12 matches, during which time they have avoided defeat to Liverpool (twice), Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle and reached the last four of the League Cup.
It is fine form indeed and with my current mistrust for Tottenham, the 6/5 on the Swans plus a goal gets my play.