Match Preview – Sunderland (Home)

Despite having little to fight for in the final few games of the season, Tottenham need to get back to winning ways. The last result at Liverpool was far from encouraging an it’s vital we regain some stability.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches against Sunderland and are seeking a fourth successive victory in this fixture. Sunderland’s only win in their last 19 top-flight visits to White Hart Lane was by 2-1 in August 2008.

Spurs have lost and failed to score in three of their last four league matches. Their overall tally of 10 defeats this season is already more than in each of their previous three campaigns, Nonetheless, they only have three points fewer than their best Premier League tally after 32 games (59 points in 2011-12). Tottenham could become only the fourth team to finish a Premier League season in the top six with a negative goal difference. Spurs and Manchester United are the only teams yet to lose a Premier League game from a winning position in the current campaign. Danny Rose made 29 appearances and scored one goal on loan at Sunderland in the 2012-13 season.

Sunderland have only earned one point from their last six matches and scored just three goals in that period. Guy Poyet’s side have gained two points from losing positions this season, the joint worst record in the division with Crystal Palace prior to the latest round of fixtures. The Black Cats have scored a league-high 46.4% of their goals from set pieces this season. They have received seven red cards this season, the most in the division. Head coach Gus Poyet had two spells at Tottenham, one as a player (82 league appearances and 18 goals) and also as assistant coach to Juande Ramos. Adam Johnson is expected to make his 250th career league appearance.

Injury wise, Spurs have a huge list of casualties, including: Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Roberto Soldado (hamstring), Erik Lamela (back), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Kyle Walker (groin). However, Emmanuel Adebayor, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Sandro and Mousa Dembele are all fit to return in their places. Gus Poyet has no fresh injury concerns for the trip, with only centre-forward Steven Fletcher ruled out because of an Achilles problem.

Predicted team: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Dawson, Rose; Bentaleb, Paulinho, Lennon, Chadli, Eriksen; Adebayor

Predicted score: Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland



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