Fri, Feb 11, 9:31am by Kevin Pitstock
Sunderland are perhaps the side with the least pressure on them in the entire Premier League. They are well clear of relegation, and any European place would definitely be above the expectations that were there at the start of the season. That’s despite a fair few injuries. Spurs are in a tougher position after last season’s fourth place – the sudden expectations of Champions League football, and the increased pressure on them every week is something new to deal with.
Sunderland have done very well this season, and with Lee Cattermole, Michael Turner and other important players missing for different periods of time, it’s an impressive achievement. They sit 6th in the Premier League, and in Spurs they face the side immediately above them. A win here could put the Black Cats in serious line for Europe. They were the better side for long periods in their defeat at Stoke, but let things slip thanks to some lack of muscle. Sunderland base their success on being hard to beat at home, with just two defeats there – one coming in their last match at the Stadium of Light against Chelsea, where they lost 4-2, though the games tend to be quite low scoring affairs in the main.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR PREVIEW
Like Sunderland, Spurs have had to patch things up at times with injuries to their squad, yet they seem to find just enough players to stagger through. They made very hard work of beating Bolton, who had lost 5 away games in a row, in their last match at White Hart Lane. Finding goals from Jermain Defoe, in the league, especially has proved a problem. He has yet to score one. What Spurs do seem to have is players who can show flashes of quality to win matches – Niko Kranjcar last week, and Rafael van der Vaart also. Spurs also tend to find a trip to the North East difficult, they have not won at Sunderland since 2001, when Teddy Sheringham scored.
SUNDERLAND v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR BEST BET AND PREDICTION
Stalemate looks likely here given the strengths of the two sides, so the draw is very appealing at $3.30 with Sportsbet. Match result prediction: 1-1
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