Tottenham’s dealings in the transfer market have turned the north Londoners into one of the hottest football conversation topics.
They have significantly strengthened their squad with some potentially game changing signings. Talk even has reached heights that Spurs could realistically sustain a title challenge. You can get 28/1 on Spurs causing a shock and winning the title.
If they are to be considered as legitimate trophy contenders, then winning games at home to Swansea on Sunday should be achieved with minimum fuss. The markets reflect Tottenham’s fruitful chances in the game as punters have been keen to support the hosts at 4/7. An away win is available at 5/1 and the draw – which looks a runner – is priced up attractively at 11/4.
Both sides come into this clash on the back of comfortable and confidence boosting Europa League wins. Tottenham stuffed Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 while Swansea demolished Petrolul Ploiesti 5-1.
It would be wrong to expect a splattering of goals in this clash though. This has all the makings of a cagey affair.
How well Spurs will cope without Gareth Bale, who is reportedly close to joining Real Madrid and is injured for this weekend, is a tough question to answer. Pardon the pun, but he baled his team out on many occasions at White Hart Lane last season and although Andre Villas Boas has added quality to the ranks, it’s hard to assess how much of an influence the new boys will have at this early stage.
Swansea aren’t heavy goalscorers on the road. Michael Laudrup’s side have won just one of their last nine Premier League away games and have failed to score in five of those matches. However, it would be foolish to rule them out completely and the 1-1 draw at 23/4 could be of interest to their followers.
One man that looks capable of turning in match winning performances is Spurs ace Roberto Soldado, who opened his goal scoring account at Crystal Palace last weekend. He has now scored 11 goals in his last nine games (including his spell in Valencia). Unsurprisingly, his talents haven’t gone unnoticed within punting circles and he’s been well backed at 7/2 to score first.