It feels like a must win game for Tottenham on Saturday at the Lane against Swansea. Win and everything is still ok, lose and the vultures will circle.
Spurs have struggled for points this season, but more worryingly haven’t been able to replicate any of the many free flowing performances of last season.
An away defeat against Chelsea isn’t a problem, but when you’ve drawn with West Brom, Bournemouth & Leicester in a row the month before it becomes a defeat that can’t be afforded in trying to keep tabs with the summit of the division.
In terms of points though, Spurs are only 2 points worse off than against the same opponents last season. The home record of 4-2-0 is respectful enough, and even Kane who is widely perceived to be having a quiet season has 5 in his last 5 in the league. So maybe the post-mortem of both Spurs and their talisman are still a little premature.
It is true though that 5th place is fair reflection of Tottenhams performances this season and some improvement going forward is desperately needed. Only two or three times this season have we seen the aggressive confident displays we were treated too last season on a weekly basis.
Spurs will be boosted by the new long term contract signed on Thursday by their star man and Swansea is a the perfect opportunity for him to celebrate with a goal and for the struggling attack to return to the form of last term. Swansea have been disastrous at the back, no more so than in their comical display in the 5-4 win against Palace last time out.
Momentum is the thing Spurs have struggled with this season, both in terms of team selection through injuries, and results thanks to defeats in Europe and a string of drawn matches, so with 3 winnable home games in the next 4, but a tough trip to Old Trafford next, the importance of beating the struggling swans tomorrow to kick start that period of fixtures cannot be understated. Biggest game of the season so far in terms of the significance of a negative result.
I expect to see a buoyed refreshed Tottenham, quick out of the blocks, and keen to expose Swansea’s shaky back line, and have too much for their struggling opponents.
There can be no excuse for anything less than 3 home points, and crisis put on ice (for now at least).
Prediction: 2-0 Spurs 13/2