Sunderland Perspective: Martyn McFadden, A Love Supreme
John O'Shea missed our giant killing of Manchester City and it's unclear whether he will be back for this match, but Matt Kilgallon looked comfortable filling in for him along with Carlos Cuellar adopting the captain's armband after the loss of Cattermole and then O'Shea. Danny Rose is ineligible to play against his parent club, which will be a big loss considering how well he's been playing, along with our lack of quality defensive cover.
We come off the back of our performance of the season against Man City, and although the game finished 1-0, we honestly could have won by 2 or 3. We got in the faces of the league champions and put in a heroic defensive performance to match, despite sporting a make shift side. We were efficient and effective going forward, and to be honest it's about time. We have 2 quick, tricky wingers, a great advanced playmaker and a goal scorer who could play in any side in the league, so why not?
Tottenham have won just one of their last seven trips to Sunderland, but they've drawn three, which is a realistic target for Sunderland and would be regarded as a success. Spurs have a great team this season and deserve to finish in the top 4, in my opinion they're more dangerous than Man City, so the hard work has just begun for us I'm afraid.
James McClean to score anytime at 6.00 – the player has looked increasingly dangerous in recent weeks
Both teams to score at 1.75 – should be a safe bet in this match
Spurs to score from a penalty at 7.00 – I’m not saying Tottenham have a few divers in their team but…
Score Prediction: Sunderland 2-2 Spurs (15.00)
Spurs Perspective: Matt Harris, TottenhamBlog
Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all set to be available after injury while Scott Parker may be included after three substitute appearances. Assou-Ekotto is the most likely to slot straight back in at left back with Jan Vertonghen staying in central defence.
As good as Parker is, it’s hard to see him ousting the immense Sandro but Dempsey for Moussa Dembele is a more likely switch in central midfield.
The Boxing Day win over Aston Villa made it three games undefeated but more pleasing was the third consecutive clean sheet in a row. Overall our form is excellent with just one defeat in seven league games – and that came via two late, late Everton goals at Goodison Park.
The Stadium of Light isn’t the happiest of hunting grounds for Spurs and the club have won just once in their last seven visits. There have been three draws in that time however – including last season’s goalless affair – but we do seem to have trouble breaking down a traditionally tough defence.
Both sides to score at 1.75 – our defence is much improved but Sunderland will test it to the limit.
Half time draw, full time Spurs win at 5.50 – this has happened in each of our last two victories
Gareth Bale to score at least twice at 10.00 – even by his high standards, Bale is in remarkable form
Score Prediction: Sunderland 1-3 Spurs (17.00)