Tottenham could have two old faces to welcome back to White Hart Lane when Sunderland arrive on Saturday, with former Lilywhites assistant manager Gus Poyet close to signing Jermain Defoe for the Black Cats.
The strugglers hope the former Spur can provide the goals that will preserve their top-flight status, but may have to wait until after the trip to the capital for him to start doing so, depending on the timing of the deal.
With or without the former England international, Sunderland will look to capitalise on Spurs’ criminal inconsistency, where they followed up a run of seven unbeaten outings with an insipid defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.
Whether the visitors can is questionable, as our three best bets for the encounter explains:
If the visitors do make the most of any Palace-based hangover in the early stages, the price on the hosts shaking it off with a comeback is a cracker.
It used to be that taking the lead against the club with a cockerel on their roof would quickly set their minds drifting off elsewhere, rather than concentrating on fight back.
From somewhere, Mauricio Pochettino has slid a steel rod down the spine of the north Londoners, and the 12 points the club has claimed from losing positions this season is the most in the Premier League.
The Cristiano Ronaldo-esque regularity with which Harry Kane finds the scoresheet these days makes him an unattractively short betting prospect.
Beyond the striker, two-time Danish footballer of the year Christian Eriksen is the biggest goal-threat in the Spurs ranks, as his seven goals this season attests. The former Ajax man has found the net in both of his previous appearances against Sunderland too.
White Hart Lane has become a cauldron for goals in the past two games, with the eight that were scored against Chelsea followed up with six more in a barnstorming encounter with Burnley in the FA Cup last time out.
Sunderland’s away days have the potential to end as high-scoring affairs too, as five of them have already in all competitions this season.
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