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    Tottenham v Sunderland: Match Preview

    By Darren Beck (@DarrenBeck13)

    Tottenham come into this game looking to get their title charge back on track after having their momentum derailed by Leicester in midweek. Sunderland by contrast are looking for their third league win in succession and have the chance to climb out of the relegation zone, if only for a short while. A win would take Sunderland level on points with Bournemouth and would be another huge step in the bid for survival.

    For Spurs, they will have the option of putting Mousa Dembele back in the side after he returned from a groin injury in midweek. The Belgian got a second half run out and could find himself back in the side at the expense of Tom Carroll. Ryan Mason is expected to miss out with the ankle problem that has kept him out over Christmas, while Clinton N'Jie is out long term with a knee injury.

    New Sunderland signing Jan Kirchoff is free to make his Sunderland debut, although this may have to come from the bench as Kirchoff is yet to build up match fitness. Fellow new signing Dame N'Doye will not be making his debut as he is still waiting on visa formalities to be completed. The loan signing from Trabszonspor will have to wait till next week to make his return to the Premier League. Jack Rodwell returned to action against Swansea but Kaboul will continue to miss out with a hamstring problem and Sebastian Larsson is out with a knee injury.

    Tottenham definitely have the upper hand against Sunderland, having won eight of their last eleven matches and drawing the other three. Christian Eriksen has also scored in all three of his appearances against the Black Cats and will be hoping to add to his tally of two league goals this season. Jermain Defoe will also be looking to score against his former club, having scored five in his last two games which is the same as he'd managed in his previous twenty-two appearances.

    Pochettino will be slightly worried by Spurs' recent home form. Having been unbeaten in their first eight games of the season they have lost two of their last three at home. However you have to go back to 2008 for the last time Sunderland won in London, a 2-1 win with goals from Djibril Cisse and Kieran Richardson.


    I think Sunderland will struggle with their third away game in a week. Tottenham will also be looking to recover from a disappointing performance in midweek. I'm going for Spurs to win as three points puts them back in the title picture and cements a top 4 place. Sunderland do have a free swing in this game but the Swansea win would have taken a lot out of them but I expect them to go down fighting. 3-1 Spurs.

    You can get Spurs to win at 4/11
    You can get Sunderland to win at 17/2
    If you like my prediction you can get it at 12/1 (all bets through Skybet)

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