Swansea v Tottenham 15:00
– Swansea fell to a 0-2 defeat at home to Arsenal last time out, despite their creating several chances but failing to capitalize.
– Ashley Williams continues to be a pillar of strength for Michael Laudrup’s side this season. Swansea’s defensive juggernaut once again tops the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for defensive contributions with 300.
– His work has been complemented by his young defensive colleague Ben Davies, who remains the Swans’ top tackler with a success rate of 70.8% from 65 attempted challenges.
– Not only do Swansea possess exceptional defenders, their midfield is also flooded with creative talent like Jonathan de Guzman. The Canadian leads the Swansea squad on numerous fronts, such as passes completed in the opponent’s half (692) and crosses delivered (49), and will be crucial as they push for a high finish come the end of the season.
– Tottenham’s charge towards Champions League qualification was halted by Fulham as Dimitar Berbatov returned to haunt his old club and help Fulahm to a 0-1 victory at White Hart Lane.
– Tottenham will be looking for their talisman Gareth Bale to spearhead their charge for a top four finish and the EA SPORTS Player Performance shows him to be up to the challenge. The Welsh flyer has racked up a remarkable 123 attempts on goal this season, 64.2% of which have been on target, and has had an on target effort on the opposing goal once every 31.1. minutes he’s been on the pitch.
– Jan Vertonghen continues as Tottenham’s top defender into the next round of fixtures, proving just how comfortable he now is when dealing with the rigours of the Premier League.
– Right back Kyle Walker has endured something of an up and down season this year but the explosive defender can always be relied upon to take it to opposing defenders down the flanks. The England international is joint second in the Spurs’ squad for both crosses delivered and assists with 48 and 5 respectively.