He is actually the only one predicting a possible narrow 1-0 win for the Swans, with a backup 1-1 prediction – which matches that of Paul Merson.
“I am happy for us and the team too“, said Pochettino, whose side return to Premier League action at Swansea this weekend, said.
Tottenham comes in to the game on the back of an emphatic 4-1 victory over Manchester City in its last league encounter, which it followed up with a 1-1 Europa League draw at Monaco on Thursday.
Swansea have clean bill of health and Gary Monk has the entire squad to choose from.
During this summer’s transfer window, Son Heung-Min became the most expensive Asian footballer in history when he signed for Tottenham Hotspur for £22million.
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The game also represents something of an old boys’ reunion with former Spurs players Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge and Gylfi Sigurdsson at Swansea, while Tottenham trio Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and Tom Carroll have all played for the Welsh club.
Three seasons have now passed since the north London side last finished in the top four, in fact over the Premier League’s 23 year existence Spurs have only finished in the top four twice, the only other occasion being the 2009/10 season.
In front of a crowd of approximately just 5,000 spectators, the poor atmosphere was reflected by a game which was played at a low tempo for large periods.
In the matches the Italy worldwide has started – against Toulouse, Paris Saint-Germain, Lorient and Guingamp – he has failed to see out the game, with 78 minutes at Guingamp last week the most he has spent on the pitch so far.
The visitors took the lead through Kevin de Bruyne, but Eric Dier got Tottenham back on level terms before the interval – with the goal being allowed to stand despite a clear offside in the build-up – while second-half strikes from Toby Alderweireld, Kane and Erik Lamela wrapped up the points.
Ryan Mason has recovered from a knee problem and could start, while fellow midfielder Moussa Dembele could have a place on the bench for the Premier League side.
It’s not necessarily ideal because Spurs could have gotten the full six points in two games, but getting a point on the road is huge, as Monaco have only lost once at home in European competitions. He has often struggled this season, but even though his penalty last week was a mere consolation, he opened his account of the season through it and it might be just be the spark he needed to kick-start his season.
I’m surprised to see Over 2.5, for around 2.2.