Sunderland v Spurs: Close encounter looms here

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Sunderland are enjoying the festive period thus far, having recorded successive 1-0 victories that have seen them edge away from relegation danger and into 13th position in the Premier League.

After toppling the champions in unexpected circumstances last time out they prepare to host a Tottenham side who ran riot at Aston Villa on Boxing Day and a relatively long price of 23/10 says they’ll upset another one of the division’s big boys here.

Spurs – who are 11/10 favourites for this clash – have now won five of their last seven in the Premier League following their mauling of Villa and Hugo Lloris’ goal has not been breached in three games.

A fourth clean sheet on the bounce would be a momentous achievement for a team that had only kept two in the league prior to this run and can be backed at 2/1, while their third win-to nil in four matches is available at 11/4.

With the Black Cats rejuvenated, however, Spurs are undoubtedly in for a much sterner test at the Stadium of Light than the one they navigated with consummate ease in their previous match.

A price of 10/11 says there’ll be fewer than 2.5 goals scored in this one, which is well worth a bet, and the 11/4 on offer for fewer than 1.5 goals is also a tempting prospect.

Both sides are bang in form and are very tough to separate in the build up to the game which brings the 5/2 price for a draw into play but, with any victory sure to be a tight one, the winning margins market offers punters the best value for money.

If you had to pick a winner, you’ve got to be leaning towards Spurs given their superior quality and the 31/10 that says they’ll claim the spoils by one goal is an excellent price, while the same can be said of the hosts’ 19/4 to achieve the same feat.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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