Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Monday 7th April 2014 at 20:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Odds: Tottenham Hotspur 4/7, Draw 10/3, Sunderland 13/2

Last season: 1-0

Preview & injury news

Both sides could do with the win for different reasons. Tottenham's hopes of making the Champions League for next season are now incredibly slim but with the two rivals immediately above them playing this weekend they will be keen to win to try and keep some sort of pressure on them. They currently sit eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, and five points behind Everton who sit in fifth, but have played a game less. Spurs have lost four of their last six games, their latest was a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool as they have struggled to compete against the sides challenging towards the top of the table this season.

For Sunderland, they are running out of games as they try and secure their Premier League status for next season. Despite playing a game less than a few of their rivals, they are four points from safety and their form hasn't been good of late having not win each of their last six games - and five of those they have lost. But they have managed to compete in games against the top sides, so despite their precarious position they are not to be taken lightly.

On the injury front, Emmanuel Adebayor is in line to return after being sidelined with a cut on his heel and a hamstring problem. There is still no word on the fitness of Kyle Walker who has been sidelined with a groin problem for several weeks whilst Etienne Capoue has an ankle problem, and Erik Lamela may not play again this season because of a back injury. Roberto Soldado was stretchered off during the defeat at Anfield and has a hamstring problem. Jan Vertonghen was substituted at Anfield with an ankle problem and is a doubt but Paulinho could be available, as could Vlad Chiriches after a back injury.

For Sunderland they have the two absentees in goalkeeper Kieren Westwood who has a shoulder injury and Steven Fletcher who has an ankle problem.

Key stats

Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:

Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 8 15 1,268
Adam Johnson Sunderland MF 8 28 1,816
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 6 26 1,896
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 5 19 1,448
Fabio Borini Sunderland FW 3 24 1,444
Steven Fletcher Sunderland FW 3 20 1,223

Their average possession statistics: 

NamePossession PercentagePlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 53.84 32
Sunderland 45.87 30

And the amount of clean sheets the two sides have kept this season:

NameClean SheetPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 12 32
Sunderland 8 30

5 players to watch

Emmanuel Adebayor - Spurs have missed their top scorer in recent weeks and will be glad to have him back in the side, especially given the lack of attacking threat at Liverpool last week. Will Adebayor mark his return to the side with a goal?

John O'Shea - If Sunderland ever needed their defence to stand up and be counted it is now, and O'Shea will have a massive job in trying to preserve his side's clean sheet. The Irishman has a wealth of experience of success but if he helps his side to a good result here, it could be the start of a run that helps the visitors avoid the drop.

Christian Eriksen - When the strikers haven't delivered for Spurs in the second half of the season, Eriksen has tended to be bright and has got himself in amongst the goals on a couple of occasions. Expect him to provide a big threat going forward for the home side again.

Fabio Borini - He's been a man for the big occasion for Sunderland this season, and every game seems to be getting bigger. So will he thrive and manage to find the net against Spurs? He's certainly capable of causing some problems with his movement and eye for goal.

Younes Kaboul - Kaboul didn't exactly have the best of games at Anfield last week as he put through his own net within two minutes. Spurs haven't got all their defenders fit yet and Kaboul is likely to start again this weekend, so can he put his display from against Liverpool behind him with a solid display, here?

Earlier on in the season

Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham, December 2013

Both sides could have done with the win but Tottenham ended up leaving the Stadium of Light with all three points after coming from behind. Adam Johnson put the Black Cats ahead after Hugo Lloris punched Ondrej Celutska's cross into the path of the winger who scored from eight yards. Spurs replied through Paulinho who stabbed home from close range after a Nacer Chadli knock down. Spurs went in front just after half-time as John O'Shea turned in Mousa Dembele's cross, which ultimately gave the visitors a much needed win, especially for their boss Andre Villas-Boas.

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