Sunderland vs Tottenham
Competition: Premier League
Date: 31 January 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
After making a real leap up the table, reaching second for a stage, Tottenham will be eyeing this match against Sunderland as a chance to gain back points that they recently dropped.
Meanwhile, for Sunderland, this match is not on they will be looking forward to as they remain rooted to the bottom of the table with 15 points. The relegation looks to be almost a certainty for the Black Cats, especially after their poor start to the season. They did have a slight revival but it has not been enough as they have picked up a mere point in their last five games – although that point was a 2-2 draw against Liverpool. Sunderland are also starting to even fall away from other team in the drop zone as Hull have won recently and Swansea have escaped the bottom three.
Spurs had to take a point away from a heated clash with Manchester City, which gave Arsenal the chance to overtake them in second as the race for first place seems to be way off everyone but Chelsea. Still very right in the top three below Chelsea, Spurs will see this game as an easy one to be sure of maximum points, and as such will hope that Liverpool fall to Chelsea and Arsenal stutter against Southampton to give them a bit of breathing room in second.
Sunderland vs Tottenham: Head-to-Head Stats
There is only really one dominant force in this fixture and it is Spurs this encounter has been played out 31 times and for all that action Sunderland can only boast five wins and five draws. It is Spurs who have 21 wins in total.
Sunderland vs Tottenham: Prediction
There is really no reason why Sunderland should upset the applecart here. Spurs have got their top gear and are scoring goals at will while Sunderland have only netted less than a goal a game. The race is on at the top while Sunderland may as well already aligned themselves to dropping out of the Premier League at the end of this season. It will be a big win for Spurs.
Sunderland vs Tottenham: Tips
With Harry Kane back in form, Spurs are scoring goals all over the show. Back the England striker, but also his compatriot Dele Alli who is in a rich vein of form.