Tottenham vs Sunderland Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Tottenham vs Sunderland | Saturday 17 January, 2015 | White Hart Lane | 15.00
Jermain Defoe is set to make his debut for Sunderland as they head to White Hart Lane to play his former club Tottenham on Saturday.
The striker’s arrival from Toronto should give the Black Cats a much needed boost ahead of the clash. The move from the Major League Soccer club was finalised on Friday with Defoe passing his medical on Wednesday, meaning that he could well join the starting line-up against his ex-club Spurs.
With one of the lowest goal tallies this season at 18, Sunderland are in need of some assistance in front goal and Defoe could be just what the doctor ordered.
Gus Poyet’s men have taken just one point in their last four outings in the Premier League, with defeats against both Liverpool and Manchester City in their last couple of games.
When the Black Cats hosted Spurs back in September the result was a 2-2 draw as Sunderland were able to continuously pull themselves back from a losing scoreline. Fullback Billy Jones is encouraged by that result and believes with the extra power upfront that they can find a much needed win at White Hart Lane and avoid falling into the relegation zone.
“We have got to look back at the games where we took points from Manchester United (1-1), Chelsea (0-0) and of course Tottenham (2-2), because we have already shown that we can compete with the top teams and we can take great confidence in that,” commented Jones.
“One thing that was evident when Tottenham came to the Stadium of Light was that they’re a very good team, but we did really well that day and worked incredibly hard to seal a positive result.”
Spurs had a midweek FA Cup replay at White Hart Lane against Burnley which they seemed to take in their stride, beating the visitors 4-2 to progress to the fourth round.
Unlikely scorers were discovered in Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches as the hosts came back from two early goals from Burnley.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino was thrilled that his fringe players were able to perform to such a high level and may have some difficult selection decisions to make ahead of the Sunderland game.
“I’m happy for them, it’s good to have players that push in the squad and make my decision difficult every week,” he said.
Harry Kane was rested against Burnley but the 18-goal forward will certainly return against Sunderland, relegating Roberto Soldado to the bench.
Ryan Mason is a doubt due to a hamstring injury while Erik Lamela is ruled out due to a calf problem.
Sunderland’s Liam Bridcutt will miss out due to a suspension following his red card against Liverpool while Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole may be unfit due to groin injuries.
Tottenham vs Sunderland Betting Tips
Tottenham look strong ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sunderland with a 3-0 home victory priced at 10/1 with Betway.
Harry Kane is unstoppable right now and looks good to score first at 7/2 with Paddy Power.