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(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Two of the most stylish football teams in the Premier League meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon when Tottenham Hotspur host Swansea City.
Comfortable in mid-table and still hopeful of a top-half finish, Swansea have impressed in their debut top-flight season with their passing style, and Sunday's opposing manager Harry Redknapp only has praise for the impact of Swans boss Brendan Rodgers.
"He's someone who has a fantastic future," said Redknapp. "I don't know what his long-term plans are but certainly the job he has done at Swansea has just been amazing.
"I remember speaking to Frank Lampard a few years ago when he was at Chelsea and he was telling me how good he was then.
"I just think it has been fantastic that a team can come up and play the way they have played, pass the ball as they do. It's so difficult to play them. They are fearless.
"They have caused everyone problems this year, from Manchester United, to Manchester City, ourselves, Arsenal, Chelsea. They don't care who they play against, they have given them big, big problems.
"Every game is important now. We have a semi-final to look forward to, but we have also got important league games to come.
"We want Champions League football next year so we can't afford really to slip up anywhere. We have really got to go full tilt at every game. We can't afford to take our football off the pedal or rest people up for a semi-final.
"If we are fortunate enough to get to the final, we will be playing the Wednesday before and the Tuesday after so the games will come thick and fast now."
With on-loan Tottenham youngster Steven Caulker out of the Swansea side, centre-back Garry Monk is expected to play, and the defender is hoping for one last major achievement of the season - an away win against one of the league's elite.
"The last box for us to tick is to beat one of the big boys away from home," said Monk. "We have improved and improved through the course of the season and we have proved so many people wrong along the way.
"It would be amazing if we could do that again by getting a result at Tottenham and, if we play anywhere near our best, I think we have got a good chance of doing it. Having said that, we are well aware of how difficult going to Tottenham is going to be for us.
"There's huge pedigree in their squad. They have got their own agenda and they will want the points, so it's going to be very hard work.
"It's not absolutely essential that we go away and beat one of the big clubs away from home, but it would be lovely if we can do it."
Tottenham are likely to welcome back Aaron Lennon (hamstring), but Michael Dawson (ankle) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) remain long-term absentees. Swansea have Kemy Agustien (ankle) and Ferrie Bodde (knee) out, but Andre Orlandi may return from a hamstring injury.
Tottenham have conceded just six goals in their 13 home games that weren't against the two Manchester clubs. They conceded eight at the Lane against United and City combined.
The Swans have won four of their last six away games in the league, but failed to win any of their opening nine matches on the road. Spurs' Benoit Assou-Ekotto has made the most touches of any player in the Premier League this season, while midfielder Luka Modric is third in the league-wide list. Swansea's Ashley Williams and Angel Rangel are also in the top five for touches this season. The visitors have received the fewest bookings in the league this season (37), while Spurs have been shown just two more yellows.
Updated March 30, 2012