Tottenham-Sunderland Betting Preview: Drama may arrive late at White Hart Lane

Andre Villas-Boas' men know that they must defeat Sunderland if they are to claim the last remaining Champions League qualification spot and Willie Duncan expects late goals here

Tottenham go into Sunday's clash with Sunderland knowing that victory is essential if Andre Villas-Boas' men are to have any real hope of pipping north London rivals Arsenal to the Premier League's final Champions League qualification spot.

Spurs head into the final round of fixtures trailing the Gunners by one point and can only look to win their clash and hope that Arsene Wenger's side slip up against Newcastle United at St James' Park.

BetVictor go just 3/10 (1.30) that the Lilywhites claim all three points on Sunday, while Paolo Di Canio's Black Cats are rated as a 21/2 (11.50) chance with the same firm to get the better of Villas-Boas' men this weekend. The draw is chalked up at 19/4 (5.75) with BetVictor.

The home side have shown tremendous never-say-die spirit in recent weeks and it is worth noting that no fewer than eight of Spurs' last 12 Premier League goals have come inside the final 15 minutes of matches.

With that in mind, BetVictor's juicy 21/20 (2.05) quote for the second half to feature most goals offers considerable appeal here, while punters will also be eager to snap up the 13/10 (2.30) on offer from the same firm for the opening goal of the game to arrive after the 28th minute.

There is little doubt who has been Tottenham's talisman this term; Gareth Bale has scored an impressive 25 goals for the Lilywhites in all competitions and is chalked up at just 13/5 (3.60) to break the deadlock here.

Emmanuel Adebayor has often been subject of criticism for his performances this season but the Togo international striker has found form at the right time, scoring three goals in his last five Premier League outings.

The former Arsenal front man is chalked up at a hugely appealing 15/4 (4.75) with BetVictor to open the scoring against Sunderland and, therefore, it is Adebayor who is the value selection here.

Most goals in the second half at 21/20 (2.05) with BetVictor
Adebayor to score first at 15/4 (4.75) with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter