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  • 7 April 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 39335

Sunderland - Tottenham Preview: O'Neill's men look to extend Redknapp's winless away streak to seven

Sunderland - Tottenham Preview: O'Neill's men look to extend Redknapp's winless away streak to seven

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Spurs hoping to return to winning ways on their travels with a difficult looking fixture at the Stadium of Light as the battle to finish third intensifies



Bardsley, Kilgallon, Turner, Bridge
Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, McClean

Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart

Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell (knee) is expected to have a late fitness test after picking up a knock, whilst defenders John O'Shea (calf), Wes Brown (knee) and Titus Bramble (Achilles tendon) look set to miss out.

Matt Kilgallon looks set to retain his place alongside Michael Turner in the heart of Sunderland's defence after making his first start since January last week, putting in an impressive performance against Manchester City before being substituted with cramp.

Tottenham look set to start with the same team that broke their five-game winless duck last week against Swansea.

They have long-term absentees Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson (both ankle) unavailable still, whilst the fixture looks set to come too early for goalkeeper, Heurelho Gomes (knee) to come back into contention, so Brad Friedel looks set to make his 296th consecutive appearance.

  • Sunderland have won six, drawn one and lost one at home under Martin O'Neill's stewardship.
  • Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner (pictured right) has four in his last five games for Sunderland and the on-loan Arsenal striker will look to dent Spurs' Champions League hopes.
  • Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is the only player this season to be booked twice for simulation.
  • Spurs have won none of their last six away games, drawing three and losing three.
  • Veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel is in line to make his 296th consecutive Premeir League appearance.

Players to watch

P. Bardsley

Position: Defender

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The right-back goes into the game knowing he is up against one of the best left-wingers in the world. If he manages to keep Gareth Bale quiet, and is able to push on himself, then Sunderland's most consistent player could end up playing a key role.

The former Manchester United man's thunderbolt strike against Everton in the FA Cup also proved his own attacking qualities and he may be dangerous again if he gets the ball within range.

S. Parker

Position: Midfielder

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The stand-in England captain will have his work cut out helping his back four with Stephane Sessegnon. The Benin international is a live-wire at the best of times and Spurs' defence will need all the help they can get from their defensive midfielder.

While the more technically gifted players around him are lavished with praise, it is often the former West Ham man who provides the drive in attack and he will be looking to get Tottenham going again here.

Editor's Prediction

Having been two goals to the good against Manchester City last week with five minutes remaining before leaving the Etihad Stadium with just a point, Martin O'Neill's men will be hurting. With Bendtner in great form he'll look to help his parent club out in the race for third.

Spurs got back to winning ways last week but they're recent away form and their record on Wearside is not good and they could struggle again as they splutter towards a Champions League place.

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