With the praise of Jose Mourinho still ringing in their ears, Sunderland’s players have the chance to hurt a Tottenham team still trying to find the correct formula among their myriad of midfield options.
Despite losing 4-3 to high-flying Chelsea in midweek, Sunderland’s newfound verve under Gus Poyet at the Stadium of Light – where the Wearsiders had previously defeated Man City and Newcastle in the Premier League – was again evident and if it wasn’t for a supercharged Eden Hazard, they may well have got something from the game.
All this could push punters in the direction of festively plump odds of 7/2 on the home win, as this huffing-and-puffing Tottenham side roll into town.
Spurs may have shown a lot of character in coming from behind to beat Fulham, though that was against a Cottagers outfit who had lost five league games on the spin previously, so the decidedly slender 4/5 on an away win doesn’t appear particularly justifiable.
Historians could point to Tottenham’s favourable recent record in the north-east, where they’re unbeaten in three trips to the Stadium of Light – sandwiching a draw between a pair of 2-1 victories.
Nevertheless, Andre Villas-Boas’ side ongoing identity crisis makes this particular Lillywhites outfit far less trustworthy, as the Portuguese continually shuffles his pack and Roberto Soldado continues to feed off scraps.
It could be that the Fulham match represented a corner turned, but Spurs certainly haven’t convinced sufficiently enough to risk spending hard-earned pennies at such a short price for victory.
The draw at 5/2 holds definite appeal, though the 9/4 on a Sunderland win in the draw no bet market just might be the best of the lot.
With a cracking record of three strikes in five games against Tottenham, Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher looks to be the pick of the first goalscorers at 7/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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