Successive Premier League defeats for Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham Hotspur side have seen them slip to fourth in the table and the points gap between themselves and north London rivals Arsenal, who sit in fifth and have a game in hand, is now just four points.
With the seeds of doubt about their ability to avoid another costly late-season collapse now firmly sown in their minds, the next assignment for Spurs is a tricky-looking trip to Swansea City on Saturday.
The Capital One Cup winners also head into the game on the back of successive losses and were narrowly seen off by a solitary Jan Vertonghen goal when the sides met at White Hart Lane back in December.
Spurs have been in fine form away from home this season – only league leaders Manchester United have secured more points on their travels – and they’ll be desperate to secure a victory which would provide a huge boost in their bid for a top-four finish.
But before placing any bets on the match in South Wales, for which Spurs are 6/5 favourites, with the draw and Swansea both priced at 9/4, here are some key statistics for bwin punters to consider.
3: Michael Laudrup’s men have won just three of their 13 league matches against sides that currently occupy the top half of the table, losing six and drawing four.
10: Of the 26 goals Gareth Bale has scored for club and country this season, ten have been the opening strike of the game. He has been in devastating form recently, notching 12 in his last 13 outings in all competitions, and he is 9/2 to score first at the Liberty Stadium.
12: The Swans have failed to score in 12 of their 30 league games this season, including in their last outing, a 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, against whom they failed to register a single shot on target. Spurs are 14/5 to win to nil.
16: Swansea have fallen behind in 16 of their matches this season, ten of which have ended with defeat. Spurs can be backed at 4/5 to score the first goal of the game.
35: Tottenham have scored 35 of their 51 league goals after the break and are priced at 31/20 to score more goals in the second half than the first. This has been the case in 18 of their 30 league matches.