Premier League preview: Tottenham v Swansea
Tottenham continue their pursuit of third place when they host upstarts Swansea City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Spurs sit three points behind London rivals Arsenal in the race for third with eight games remaining, a disappointing position given they looked a shoo-in to claim an automatic Champions League berth earlier in the season.
A run of five games without a win has put paid to that though, a streak which has included losses to Arsenal and Manchester United and a draw with Chelsea.
"It is tough this year. Manchester City, with the money they’ve spent, are a certainty and United too," manager Harry Redknapp said.
"Arsenal have been there every year, Chelsea, and Liverpool, who you thought would get stronger, mean it was going to be even harder to make it this year.
"A month ago we were nailed on, so it would be a bigger blow if we don’t make it. But I don’t think third is out of reach, now."
Aside from Michael Dawson, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Tom Huddlestone who are all out for the season, Aaron Lennon is Spurs' other injury concern, but the winger could be back in time to line up at White Hart Lane after coming close to lining up against Bolton in the FA Cup on Tuesday.
Brendan Rodgers' Swansea have been the big surprise packets of the Premier League this season, defying their shoe-string budget to climb into the top 10 in their first season in the top flight since 1983.
Not only have Swansea been more than competitive against cashed-up clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea, they have done so playing an attractive brand of football which has won them plaudits from supporters and rivals alike.
The Swans star man this season has been striker Danny Graham, who with 10 goals is their top scorer.
A run of three straight win came to an end with a 2-0 home defeat against Everton last week, a surprising result given Swansea have the third best home record in the league in terms of goals conceded.
Injuries have been kind to Swansea as well, with Kemy Agustien the only regular player unavailable, because of an ankle injury.