Aaron Lennon's cross led to Spurs' penalty at the weekend. Image courtesy of skysports.com
Swansea City romped to a 5-1 win in the first leg of its Europa League play-off tie with Romanian outfit Petrolul Ploiesti on Thursday morning (AEST), but the Welsh side will face a far tougher challenge on Monday morning when it travels to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur .
The Swans had a tough start to the EPL season with reigning champion Manchester United flexing its muscle at the Liberty Stadium recording a 4-1 win . In the second half new signing Wilfried Bony played as a target man with last year’s star Michu dropping back in to a playmaking role, and the home side looked better for it, with the former slotting home Swansea’s only goal. The damage had already been done, though, and things don’t get much easier this weekend.
Spurs headed to the south side of London on the opening weekend as Crystal Palace celebrated its return to the top flight. It took a successful spot kick from new signing Roberto Soldado to break the deadlock, and given how tight it was between teams placed third to fifth last season, getting the three points away from home could be like gold dust come season’s end.
Tottenham is now undefeated in nine straight EPL matches, and they finished off last season with three straight victories at White Hart Lane, which included a 3-1 triumph over Manchester City. In their last seven away fixtures the previous campaign, Swansea lost five and picked up a total of just four premiership points. Spurs won both clashes between the teams last year sneaking away with a 1-0 victory at home before scoring a 2-1 win at Liberty Stadium late in the season.
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