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Having put in impressive home performances against Manchester City and Chelsea since the new manager's arrival, Al Hain-Cole expects the hosts to keep things tight against Spurs

Tottenham will be looking to build on Wednesday’s late win over Fulham when they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland on Saturday.

Andre Villas-Boas’ men came back from a goal down to run out 2-1 winners at Craven Cottage and are 9/10 (1.90) favourites with BetVictor to claim back-to-back victories for the first time since October.

Having overseen three consecutive home wins after taking over two months ago, Gus Poyet saw his side suffer a pulsating 4-3 defeat against Chelsea in midweek, and there are odds of 18/5 (4.60) available on them returning to winning ways in this one.

The hosts are yet to draw a home game in the Premier League this season, but you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them claiming a point this time out.

Although the team have actually slipped to the bottom of the table during his time on Wearside, Poyet’s arrival has brought about a noticeable improvement in performances over the last few matches.

The Black Cats were left cursing the individual brilliance of Eden Hazard after their unfortunate defeat on Wednesday, but will have drawn plenty of encouragement from the fight and determination on display, two qualities that looked to be sorely lacking latterly under Paolo Di Canio.

The Uruguayan will be more confident of securing a result to match the performance when he takes on another on of his former clubs, particularly given the visitors’ recent struggles in front of goal.

Having overcome a high-scoring Manchester City side 1-0 not long ago, it would be no surprise should the home defence make life difficult for a Spurs attack that has averaged under a goal a game in the league, and odds of 4/5 (1.80) look extremely generous on under 2.5 goals going in.

That bet would have paid out in 10 of Tottenham’s 14 league games so far, as well as four of Sunderland’s last five, so should be more than safe in a fiercely-contested clash on Saturday.

One man who has particularly benefited from Poyet’s arrival is Phil Bardsley, who has flourished since being brought in from the cold.

The defender has somehow discovered an unerring eye for goal over the last few games, scoring in three of the last five fixtures, and is therefore worth a punt at 12/1 (13.00) to strike anytime once again.

Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with BetVictor
Bardsley to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 12/1 (13.00) with BetVictor

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.


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