Spurs perspective: Matt Harris, TottenhamBlog
No fresh injuries have been reported ahead of Sunday’s match so Spurs will only be missing long term absentees Sandro, Younes Kaboul and William Gallas. Andre Villas-Boas may well field the same starting XI that began against Stoke last weekend, although in a game that simply has to be won, there must be a temptation to include Jermain Defoe along with Emmanuel Adebayor at the top of a 4-4-2 formation.
Since a disappointing home defeat to Fulham back in March, Spurs have embarked on an unbeaten run of seven league matches. Three draws in that period have given Arsenal the advantage in the race for the final Champions League place but it’s still an impressive record that includes a win over Manchester City and a draw away to Chelsea.
The corresponding fixture in 2011-12 ended in a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Roman Pavlyuchenko. Home ties against Sunderland haven’t always been straightforward, but in the last five games at White Hart Lane, Spurs have won three and drawn one.
Gareth Bale to score at 1.65. No goals in two games represents a goal drought by his standards, so expect a scoring contribution on Sunday.
Draw/Spurs HT/FT at 4.00. Spurs may start nervously before claiming the points in the second period.
Spurs to keep a clean sheet at 1.85. Our defence should be tighter on Sunday with so much at stake.
Score prediction: Spurs 2-0 Sunderland (7.00)
Sunderland perspective: Chris Thompson, A Love Supreme
I'm not actually sure if we have enough players to put out a team against Spurs. The loss of Fletcher and Cattermole to long term injury was already damaging enough, but a Sessegnon suspension has completely extinguished the creativity in the side. Craig Gardner is also suspended, but despite being one of my favourites he has been quite shocking recently, so won't be missed too much. Danny Rose will play no part against his parent club. He will be sorely missed.
Memorable victories over Newcastle and Everton put Paolo Di Canio on a pedestal, but after recent performances, the honeymoon period is not only over, we're throwing china plates at each other and weighing up the benefits a one night stand. In his defence though, we don't have a lot of talent at this club currently. That needs to be solved in the summer.
We were beaten 2-1 by Spurs earlier this season, in a game where 2 goals from the visitors in the space of a minute was enough to see us off. We were entirely uninspiring and in truth they probably should have beaten us by more.
Danny Graham to score the last goal at 14.00. I say this every time, but come on, Danny Graham HAS to score eventually, right? He's an ex-Spurs transfer target (I think they made the right choice) so it would be interesting if he chose to score against them.
The 1-1 correct score at 10.05. I won't say we'll lose tomorrow, so I'm gonna go with a 1-1 Sunderland win (yes, it should be considered a win given the circumstances).
1-0 to Sunderland at 26.00. Those are insane odds considering that Spurs will be under so much pressure, and it's worth even putting a pound on as a side bet for those potential returns.
Score prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland 10.50