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Friedel wants a repeat of last season

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 15, 2012

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BRAD Friedel expects Tottenham Hotspur to put the pressure on Swansea City all over again at White Hart Lane tomorrow.

Swansea chalked up a deserved 1-1 draw with Spurs at the Liberty last season but went down 3-1 in the return fixture at the end of March.

And Friedel reckons that despite a change of manager, the Tottenham game-plan this weekend will be similar to the one Harry Redknapp's team employed in the spring.

"Last season, with all the talk of how they play their football, Swansea came to White Hart Lane and we really put the pressure on them," said Friedel, who is battling Hugo Lloris for the Spurs keeper's jersey right now.

"We nullified their passing game and ran out 3-1 winners.

"Hopefully we can do the same this time around, put them under pressure, get that home win on and then back it up with another home win the week after against Stoke.

"Then we can all go into the festive period with smiles on our faces."

Boss Andre Villas-Boas will be smiling if star man Gareth Bale is passed fit to feature against Swansea.

The Wales winger is undergoing intensive treatment on the hamstring injury which kept him out of last weekend's defeat at Everton and has a chance of playing some part.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker could also make the Spurs 18 after longer spells in the treatment room, while Michael Dawson is another who could be involved after fitness troubles.

Villas-Boas's team are currently fifth in the Premier League, only outside the Champions League places on goal difference.

They have won three of their last five league games and have been beaten only twice on their own patch in the top flight this term, by Wigan and Chelsea.

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