Spurs still have to go away to Anfield, Stamford Bridge and the Etihad. So they need to win their easy home games. Like the one on Saturday on BT against relegation threatened Sunderland. But they have to be careful, because the Black Cats have struck gold in the form table, with nine points in their last eight games, more than Man United. Sunderland haven’t gone three on the spin since May 2014, but they have a good chance of doing it here.
After being four points clear in fourth place on New Year’s Day, Tottenham have hit a slump. They’re without a win in three games having been defeated by title challenging Leicester during the week. Their hopes of a Champions League place won’t have been helped by the form of their nearest challengers West Ham, who have three wins on the spin. Imagine that. West Ham. In the Champions League. Harry Kane has been linked with a move away from North London, as has Mauricio Pochettino.
After a grueling Christmas period which saw losses to Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal, Sam Allardyce has got his Sunderland side into a bit of form. A narrow defeat to Liverpool was followed by back to back wins. Jermaine Defoe chipping in with five goals in those two victories has boosted Sunderland’s survival hopes.
The Black Cats will need a lot of luck if they are to take down Tottenham though, but will be boosted by Big Sam’s record against them. He has only lost once in his last five attempts against Spurs.
This is a tricky test for Pochettino, who needs to get his team back in gear. Harry Kane should cause havoc in the Sunderland defence which is the worst in the league. He’s to score first and to score two or more. Over 2.5 goals is a banker at , particularly if Spurs score first.
We all know Allardyce’s tactics though. He’ll try and suffocate Spurs like he did in the September game- a 0-0 draw is . If you believe in miracles, and think Sunderland will win, put Defoe in a wincast at .