Struggling Sunderland host top-four hopefuls Tottenham on Tuesday with both sides desperate for a win for very different reasons.
The Black Cats are bottom of the table and are well and truly in a relegation battle once again with boss David Moyes under no illusions just how difficult the task will be to keep them up.
Their form has been dire all season and they approach this game without a win in five, losing four and drawing once during that miserable run, so it’s no surprise the home side are 7/1 to win, with Spurs 10/27, while a draw is 4/1.
It’s been a difficult transfer window too with key defender Patrick van Aanholt joining Crystal Palace, while striker Victor Anichebe was ruled out until March with a knee injury last week and Papy Djilobodji will miss the next four matches after being found guilty of violent conduct.
New recruits are being sought to add to the recent capture of the much-maligned Joleon Lescott and deals for Everton duo Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are in the pipeline. But they’re hardly signings to create excitement ahead of a tricky run coming up with games against Crystal Palace, Southampton, Everton and Manchester City after Spurs’ visit.
The one constant positive for Sunderland this season has been Jermain Defoe up front and he will be dangerous once again as he faces his old side. The 34-year-old has scored a very impressive 12 goals this term and is on offer at 53/20 in the anytime scoring market.
The last thing Sunderland need is a visit from Spurs, who have won six of their last seven Premier League games and remain on course for a top-three finish, as they continue to progress under Mauricio Pochettino.
The Londoners did have a mighty scare in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday when a weakened side had to come from 2-0 and 3-2 down to just about beat League Two Wycombe at White Hart Lane, but the main men will all be back to take on the Wearsiders.
Dele Alli (27/20 to score anytime) is having an outstanding season and came off the bench against Wycombe to help inspire the comeback, while Harry Kane (5/7 to score anytime), Mousa Dembele, Kyle Walker, Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama should all also be back to spark fear into Sunderland.
Another title tilt is not beyond Tottenham in the second half of the campaign but, with leaders Chelsea flying and not looking like dropping points anytime soon, Pochettino’s side must keep winning too.
It is unlikely to be straightforward at the Stadium of Light due to Sunderland’s desperate need for a win as well but the visitors should have enough to prevail, with 2-1 (15/2) or 3-1 (10/1) in the correct score market appealing.
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