2016/17 Premier League
Published: 13:05 12/02/2011
The Black Cats have a good record against Spurs at the Stadium of Light and could be a value bet to take all three points in the televised 5.30pm kick off .
Harry Redknapp's team have not won at the Stadium of Light in their last five visits and were well beaten 3-1 in last season's fixture . With Gareth Bale , Luca Modric , and Rafael Van Der Vaart missing and a huge game coming up on Tuesday in the Champions League against Milan today's match represents a good opportunity for Sunderland to get their season back on track after two successive defeats .
Sunderland hope to have keeper Craig Gordon fit but young midfielder Jordan Henderson is rated only 50//50 to start the game . New signings Sulley Muntari and Stephane Sessegnon will be expected to improve on last week's performance at Stoke where both tired in the closing 20 minutes of the game . Spurs have battled to hard fought wins in their previous two Premier League games but prior to that were thumped 4-0 at Fulham in the FA Cup .
Spurs are seven points clear of the "Mackems" in the league but Sunderland have lost only twice on home ground all season and fully deserve to be favourites to win this game . Irish bookie Paddy Power currently offer best price for the Black Cats at odds of 17/10 .
The big concern for Sunderland backers is a lack of strikers because having sold top striker Darren Bent during the January window , Sunderland are very short up front and are averaging only 1.3 goals per home game . A narrow win for the red and whites then is the most likely outcome and under 2.5 goals with Stan James looks the call at odds of 4/5 .