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  • 19 May 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
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Tottenham - Sunderland Preview: Visitors have lost on nine of last 11 trips to White Hart Lane

With the Black Cats now safe from relegation, Andre Villas-Boas will hope that his side can put pressure on Arsenal as a win is required to keep their Champions League dream alive

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

Lloris
Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen
Lennon, Huddlestone, Dembele, Dempsey
Bale
Adebayor
SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
Colback, Bramble, Cuellar, O'Shea
Bardsley, Larsson, N'Diaye, McClean
Johnson
Graham

Andre Villas-Boas appears likely to keep faith in predominantly the same team that earned a 2-1 win at Stoke last Sunday.

Mousa Dembele does, however, appear primed to replace Scott Parker in the centre of midfield as he returns from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of the past two games, with William Gallas (calf) the only fresh injury concern.

Paolo Di Canio, meanwhile, is set to make a variety of enforced changes from the side that secured survival during the week.

As Danny Rose is ineligible to face parent club Spurs, Titus Bramble looks ready to come in at centre-back, with John O'Shea moving to left-back.

Matters are made even worse by the continued suspension of both Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner, while Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher remain ruled out through injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sunderland have only won one of their last eight league games against Tottenham, losing four, and lost nine of their last 11 at White Hart Lane.
  • The Black Cats can take solace in the fact that they have garnered eight points from their six games under Paolo Di Canio; they had earned a meagre three points from their last eight games managed by Martin O'Neill.
  • No side has scored fewer goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches or in the final 15 minutes of matches than Sunderland this season.
  • If Gareth Bale (pictured right) scores in this game, he will have equalled the most goals ever scored by a Tottenham player in a Premier League season - Teddy Sheringham, who scored 21 in 1993-1994.
  • Spurs need a win to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League, needing Arsenal to drop points against Newcastle as well.
  • If Tottenham win today, they will topple their best ever points tally in a Premier League season; 70, in 2009-10 - they currently have 69 points.

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Available Squads
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
4Steven CaulkerDefender
30Mousa DembeleStriker
22Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
10Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
16John O'SheaDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
18Alfred N'diayeMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
10Connor WickhamStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
-Liam MarrsDefender
-David FergusonDefender
30Billy Knott Midfielder
5Adam MitchellDefender
-Mikael MandronStriker
-Scott HarrisonStriker
Players to Watch
Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Despite the pressure on his team abating with Wigan's relegation, the pressure on the former Swans man remains palpable as ever, having now gone 1034 minutes without scoring. With Steven Fletcher likely to be back up front next season, this is a crucial chance to impress Di Canio - whether he does or not could be a defining factor in this season's top-four race, as well as in the 27-year-old's career.
Danny Graham
Danny Graham
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 29-year-old has come under some heavy and, in all fairness, justifiable criticism this season but he has answered his critics in the past two games, scoring a vital winner against Stoke and bagging a beauty against Chelsea. Having notched up a thoroughly disappointing return of three goals in 22 Premier League games prior to the last two matches, Adebayor will be pleased that his upturn in form has come at the right time and will be looking to carry that into this potentially season-defining encounter.
Prediction
Despite Di Canio's assurances that Sunderland will retain the competitive edge they would have had if they were still battling relegation, it is difficult to envisage the Black Cats mustering up the same enthusiasm for this game.

Tottenham will be desperate to pile the pressure on their city rivals Arsenal and should manage a fairly comfortable win in this one, though you can never quite tell when Sunderland's maverick manager is involved.
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