Paul Merson states his prediction for Swansea v Tottenham Hotspur

Jordan Ayew misses Swansea's first FA Cup quarter-final for 54 years through suspension

Christian Eriksen is hopeful his fine form has not yet hit its peak after he helped fire Tottenham past Swansea City and into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 triumph.

Nevertheless, history suggested progress would be a tall order for the host's, who hadn't tasted victory over the North Londoners in fifteen previous meetings, a run stretching back to October 1982.

Swansea had won seven consecutive games at the Liberty Stadium since losing to Tottenham in the league at the start of January, but the absence of the Ayew brothers - Jordan was suspended and Andre was cup-tied - blunted their attack, while their midfield and defence could not cope with Tottenham's subtle movement.

Nevertheless, it was a bright start from the home side, who asked questions of referee, Kevin Friend, when the marauding Nathan Dyer lost his footing after a collision with Spurs stopper, Michel Vorm, as he bore down on goal.

Buoyed by the goal, Spurs began to press with a greater objective.

That was not the start of a Swansea onslaught, though, as the visitors almost added a third when Nordfeldt just about kept Eric Dier's 30-yard drive out of the top-left corner. Alfie Mawson produced a great saving tackle to deny Eriksen another sight at goal.

Eriksen celebrates as Spurs made the semis in consecutive seasons for the first time in 36 years.

Erikson drives in his low shot for his second goal and the third for SpursKyle Naughton was taken off at the break and replaced by Luciano Narsingh.

Martin Olsson smashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box to force Vorm into action - but the ball only went out as far as Abraham. but his header from six yards was stopped by the Tottenham keeper.

Meanwhile there was delight as Jan Vertonghen captains the side.

Tottenham will be aiming to at least finish in the top four this season as they look to bring Champions League football to their brand new stadium for next term. Swansea's defending left much to be desired as they allowed Eriksen, after swapping passes with Lamela, to stride forward towards the edge of the penalty area without coming under any pressure. Son fizzed across the face of goal, while the overworked Swans rearguard somehow scrambled away from both Ben Davies and Fernando Llorente as the game drew to a comfortable conclusion.

It was embarrassingly easy, though not entirely unpredictable considering the fact Swansea had not beaten Spurs in 14 Premier League attempts and have to go back to 1991 for their last win over Tottenham.



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