Harry Redknapp is confident of a seventh away win of the season at Swansea but Brendan Rogers has other ideas.
Spurs travel to Swansea having collected six wins in nine games on the road in the campaign todate.
This is the first ever meeting between the clubs at the Liberty Stadium and Gareth Bale’s first ever Premier league game in Wales.
Spurs managed seven away wins on the trot in 1993-94, 1995-96, 2009-10 and last season so another win here would equal the club’s Premier League record.
Against that consider that Swansea have an excellent home record – just one defeat – and that to Manchester United – in nine matches .
“We’ve done brilliantly and this is another game we have to win, but it won’t be easy,” said the Spurs boss.
“I watched them play United the other week and that was a tight game.
“Swansea are not an easy side to beat, they are difficult at home. They play some good stuff, pass it from the back, keep the ball and move.
“Our record of winning matches away has been fantastic really.
“They are all tough games but we’ve won them and that’s what we have to do on Saturday.”
Unsurprisingly, Brendan Rogers sees things differently albeit recognising the challenge ahead . “It’s a great challenge for us. Tottenham are a terrific side in great form and they are one of the best sides in Europe at the moment. They have two world class players in Luka
Modric and Gareth Bale ,and it’s up to us to find a solution as we know we’ll be asked some serious questions on Saturday. The task is going to be difficult but we’re really looking forward to it”.
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers will make a last minute decision on the fitness of Spanish full back, Angel Rangel, who has suffered from an ankle injury for past few weeks and was forced to retire again in the club’s last game.
Richards is a likely deputy should Rangel not pass the late test. Definitely missing is central defender Caulker, a Spurs player and thus ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement.Club captain Gary Monk will prove more than an able deputy.
Neil Taylor, injured against Everton is also expected to be fit again.
Jermain Defoe who has been out with a hamstring problem since scoring against Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League tie on December 15th has not been ruled out for the trip to Swansea.
“He’s trained with us today and we’ll have to wait and see how he is,” Redknapp said after the team’s final training session in London.
Aaron Lennon is also on his way back from his hamstring injury. “He’s coming on well, working on his rehab, but he’s not ready for Swansea,” according to Redknapp.
Ledley King (knee) missed Tuesday’s win at Norwich after playing against Chelsea last week.
Sebastien Bassong (back) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (ankle) are also doubtful starters
Possible starting XIs:
Swansea: Vorm; Williams, Taylor, Monk, Britton; Sinclair, Routledge, Allen, Gower; Richards, Graham
Spurs: Friedel; Assou-Ekotto, Gallas, Kaboul, Walker; Bale, Parker, Sandro, Modric; Van der Vaart, Adebayor
Prediction: Bale to shine on his first Premier visit to Wales as Spurs win low scoring game 0 – 1