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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Sunderland v Spurs, 31.01.17

Last season's game - Sunderland 0 Spurs 1 (Ryan Mason scored the winner)
This season's home game - Spurs 1 Sunderland 0, 18.09.16
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Full League Record against Sunderland
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          16  14   1   1    36 -12  43
Away          15   7   4   4    22 -18  25
Total(Prem)   31  21   5   5    58 -30  68
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  37  14  12  11    57 -45  42
Away (Div 1)  37   8  11  18    31 -60  29
Total(Div 1)  74  22  23  29    88-105  71
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   1   0   0   1     2 - 3   0
Away (Div 2)   1   1   0   0     2 - 1   2
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1     4 - 4   2
Total(Prem)   31  21   5   5    58 -30  68
Total(Div 1)  74  22  23  29    88 -105 71
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1     4 - 4   2
Grand Total  107  44  28  35   150-139 140

Last Six Premier League results:-

S'derland  -    WLLDLL

S'derland  1-0   Watford
Man Utd    3-1   S'derland
Burnley    4-1   S'derland
S'derland  2-2   Liverpool
S'derland  1-3   Stoke
West Brom  2-0   S'derland

Spurs      -    WWWWWD

Spurs      2-1   Burnley
S'hampton  1-4   Spurs
Watford    1-4   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Chelsea
Spurs      4-0   West Brom
Man City   2-2   Spurs

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs     22 13  7  2  45-16  29   46
20. S'derland 22  4  3 15  20-42 -22   15

Sunderland's worst nightmare looms

These are dark days indeed for Sunderland Football Club. Year after year they seem to be involved in the relegation dogfight. Last year Sam Allardyce kept them up. Another year it was Gus Poyet. Will it be David Moyes this year? Whilst there is a long way to go yet with 16 games remaining, the Wearsiders' worst nightmare could become reality if they are relegated with Newcastle coming the other way.

Sunderland have lost twice to Burnley recently. On New Year's Eve they lost 4-1 at Turf Moor, where Sean Dyche's side have won their last six home games (including Cup games) , giving them a much more secure hold on a Premier League place than relative veterans Sunderland. Moyes' team also got knocked out of the FA Cup by Burnley in a third round replay, and at least have only Premier leagaue survival on their minds for the remainder of the season. If you fancy a bet on the Premier league relegation race, or indeed any other football issue you might like to check these free football tips before you take the plunge.

Although they are in bottom place with just 15 points, "The Black Cats" are not stranded with three points separating them from fourth from bottom Swansea. Premier League Champions Leicester are only 6 points clear of bottom place and 5 clear of the bottom three.

A massive problem for David Moyes has been, and remains the injury list. Currently Sunderland top the Premier league injury list table, and for our game they will definitely be missing striker Victor Anichebe (Knee ligament), young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (ACL Knee), Jan Kirchhoff (knee), Watmore (knee), USA International Lynden Gooch (ankle), defender Patrick McNair (knee), and (perhaps inspirational) Lee Cattermole, who has a hip injury.

Moyes has recruited several of his former Everton boys including the injured Anichebe, former Spur Steven Pienaar (also a doubt for this game) and now 34 year old Joleon Lescott, who went to AEK Athens from Villa. Lescott may be needed for our game as another Sunderland central defender Papy Djilobodji was suspended for four games after being found guilty of an FA charge of violent conduct following an incident in the recent West Brom game which was not spotted by the officials. Djilobodji appealed the charge, but was found guilty and got the extra game on his ban as he had previously been sent off this season.

Today (30th January) it has been confirmed that Moyes has signed two more of his former players direct from Everton. These are left back Bryan Oviedo, and former Manchester midfielder Darron Gibson. Gibson played against us for United in the 2009 League Cup Final, which we lost on penalties. These players would have had to have been registered by midday today to be elgible to play tomorrow, and without having trained with their n ew team-mates, I would be surprised if they played any part in the game.

One ray of light for Moyes has been the form of Jermain Defoe, who despite his club's precarious situation remains one of the top scorers in the league. Jermain's 12 league goals include 5 penalties, but his form apparently attracted what was surely a derisory 6 million bid from his old club - West Ham. Defoe is surely worth far more than 6 million to Sunderland just for the rest of this season if he can help them to stay up.

Another ray of light for Sunderland is the fact that Lee Mason is the referee for this game. Mr Mason was the man in the middle when Sunderland last beat Spurs 14 games ago in April, 2010. (Sunderland 3 Spurs 1, 03.04.2010). This was the game in which Mr. Mason awarded Sunderland three penalties, two of which were saved by Heurelho Gomes, who became the first Spurs keeper to save two penalties in a match since Pat Jennings did it at Anfield in March 1973. Former Spur Darren Bent had been the taker of those penalties, but he did manage to score one, plus his first goal after only 36 seconds which was the fastest in the Premier League for the 2009-10 season at that time.

Mr Mason has been no great friend of Spurs over the years, and we last saw him in our home defeat to Leicester last January. On the plus side, Mr Mason was in charge when we beat Sunderland at home (5-1) and away (2-1) in the 2013-14 season.

We last visited Sunderland in September 2015 when Ryan Mason scored the only goal, which was his last Premier League goal for Spurs (Sunderland 0 Spurs 1, 13.09.2015). It is good to know that Ryan is making a good recovery following his horrible head injury last week at Chelsea.

Our home game this season was also a 1-0 win, and also played in September. Harry Kane scored his first goal of the season, and didn't get his second until November at Arsenal. He's hardly looked back since, has he?

The fact that Sunderland were not involved in the week-end's cup games is hardly an advantage, considering the fact that Pochettino made 9 changes to the team that drew at Man City. The near embarrassment of the Wycombe game can be put behind us now. "Poch" has already announced that his three "injured" players - Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose - are all available for tomorrow's game, so we can expect to see a virtually full strength side, with the exception of Jan Vertonghen. Trippier and Nkoudou, who got injuries on Saturday, are still being fully assessed, but a) would not have started and b) are unlikely to be involved.

With Liverpool playing Chelsea at the same time as us, and hopefully losing at least two points, this is a chance for Spurs to widen the gap between us and the current fourth placed side. In terms of maintaining any form of challenge upon Chelsea, this is as much a "must-win" game for Spurs, as it is for Sunderland. I have to predict a Spurs win, perhaps 3-1. I'd even allow Defoe a goal!

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago in mid-week, we beat Blackburn 1-0 away with a Peter Crouch goal.

Did you know? :- The last time we travelled to Sunderland for a midweek away game was on Wednesday 19th September, 2001. Spurs won 2-1 with goals by Christian Ziege (a 40 yarder!) and Teddy Sheringham. (Sunderland 1 Spurs 2, 19.09.2001)

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