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Spurs 1 Sunderland 1 - 9th November, 2010
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Full League Record against Sunderland
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          10   8   1   1    22 - 9  25
Away          10   4   2   4    15 -14  14
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Total(Prem)   20  12   3   5    37 -23  39
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  37  14  12  11    57 -45  42
Away (Div 1)  37   8  11  18    31 -60  29
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Total(Div 1)  74  22  23  29    88-105  71
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Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   1   0   0   1     2 - 3   0
Away (Div 2)   1   1   0   0     2 - 1   2
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Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1     4 - 4   2
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Total(Prem)   20  12   3   5    37 -23  39
Total(Div 1)  74  22  23  29    88 -105 71
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1     4 - 4   2
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Grand Total   96  35  26  35   129-132 111
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

Spurs      3-1   QPR
Fulham     1-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   A. Villa
West Brom  1-3   Spurs
Spurs      3-0   Bolton
Stoke      2-1   Spurs

Sunderland

S'derland  2-2   A. Villa
Man Utd    1-0   S'derland 
S'derland  0-0   Fulham
S'derland  1-2   Wigan
Wolves     2-1   S'derland 
S'derland  2-1   Blackburn

Pos           P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
 4 Spurs     14 10  1  3 30-18  12  31
16 S'derland 15  3  5  7 18-18   0  14

Roll up! Come and see the amazing "Dancing O'Neill"!

The White Hart Lane stadium will be sold out this week (it is most weeks of course), because tickets have been selling like hot cakes for the away section, with Sunderland fans eager to see their newly acquired (and not so often seen recently) species of manager - The amazing dancing be-spectacled O'Neill!

Yes, see the thin-framed O'Neill dancing in the technical area, displaying his emotions rawly for all to see. See him leap in anticipation of a good piece of play by his new team. See how he celebrates a goal (or not as the case will hopefully be tomorrow) with his backroom team.

Oh how the press love this man. How the camera loves to follow his every move. And yet, can he truly be the saviour that Sunderland's board seeks after the sacking of Steve Bruce two weeks ago? It was a change that was needed, as the "Black Cats" were nose-diving towards the bottom three, despite a good deal of summer investment and transfer activity. Martin O'Neill left Aston Villa last year in somewhat mysterious circumstances, one of which was allegedly the lack of funds being offered by club owner Randy Lerner.

O'Neill could be the man to re-shape the existing Sunderland squad into a top ten side, but his first mission will be to ensure survival. Already he has inherited one piece of controversy, with defender Titus Bramble on bail, and in the last week, two other Sunderland players have been arrested and bailed in relation to alleged criminal damage to cars in Newcastle. These are former gooner Nicklas Bendtner and midfielder Lee Cattermole. If selected, Bendtner can expect a hot reception from the Spurs fans and Cattermole can expect the referee's attention, with his poor disciplinary record. Already Cattermole has had five yellow cards and served a one match suspension last week. Mind you, our own Scott Parker is on four yellow cards and at risk of a suspension.

The arrival of Wes Brown and John O'Shea from Old Trafford has done little to prevent the tide of results against their team, although Sunderland have yet to concede more than 2 goals in a league game, or to lose by more than one goal. Spurs will be aiming to put an end to that particular statistic.

O'Neill did have a stressful, but ultimately successful start to his latest managerial career, thanks to late goals against Blackburn. The winner was scored with a last gasp free kick by another former Arsenal boy Seb Larsson, who waas bought from Birmingham, and these days is a regular for Sweden.

Whilst O'Neill has had a full second week to work with his squad, surely Spurs will have too much fire power to be prevented from reclaiming third place off Chelsea who could only maanage a draw at Wigan today. Most of the Spurs line-up was not involved in any way for Thursday night's game in Dublin. As usual we wait till the last minute for news on whether or not Ledley King will make the starting line-up, but with Younes Kaboul suspended, his presence would be very important. Otherwise it will be Gallas and Bassong at the back.

We will have pretty much a first choice team, with Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart and Adebayor ready to rip apart the Sunderland defence. Then we'll see the incredible sulk of Martin O'Neill. I've gone for a 3-1 win.

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