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Premier League

  • December 29, 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 41168

Sunderland - Tottenham Preview: In-form Black Cats face high-flying Spurs

These two teams come into the game in good form, with the home side on a two-game winning streak that includes a 1-0 victory over champions Manchester City on Boxing Day



Bardsley, Cuellar, Kilgallon, O'Shea
Larsson, Gardner, Vaughan, Johnson


Walker, Gallas, Dawson, Vertonghen
Lennon, Sigurdsson, Parker, Bale
Defoe, Adebayor

Danny Rose is ineligible to play for Sunderland against his parent club, so will return to first-team action in the New Year.

Wes Brown (knee) and Lee Cattermole (knee) remain major injury concerns, with both expected to miss a number of games with knee injuries.

John O'Shea missed the Black Cats' victory over Manchester City with illness, but should be available against Spurs.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto's return to full fitness continues, but he may not start this game as his recovery begins to gather momentum.

Mousa Dembele was replaced during Spurs' win over Aston Villa with a knock and is doubtful for this game.

Clint Dempsey missed Tottenham’s 0-0 draw with Stoke and the clash against Villa with a groin problem, and continues to be a doubt.

  • Sunderland have still not won a penalty in the Premier League this season.
  • The Black Cats' victory over Manchester City on Boxing Day was their second consecutive win over the champions at the Stadium of Light by one goal.
  • Steven Fletcher has opened the scoring in six matches in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.
  • Last season, Tottenham went undefeated in the two fixtures between these sides - drawing 0-0 away and winning 1-0 at home thanks to a strike from Roman Pavyluchenko.
  • Spurs midfielder Sandro (pictured) has made 74 interceptions in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.
  • Following his hat-trick against Aston Villa, Gareth Bale has already equalled his best ever goals total in the league of nine, which he set last season.
  • Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has scored or assisted 12 goals in his 18 Premier League starts this season.

Players to watch

A. Johnson

Position: Midfielder

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After his goalscoring exploits against former club Manchester City, Johnson will be confident of further success against high-flying Tottenham. The midfielder has scored three goals in the league so far this season, and will be a crucial attacking outlet for his side.

G. Bale

Position: Attacker

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Bale will hope to keep up the form that saw him score a hat-trick in Tottenham's 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa on Boxing Day. He presents an incredible threat with the ball at his feet, and Sunderland's defenders will need to be at the top of their game to stop him running riot.

Editor's Prediction

On their recent good form, and with home advantage, Sunderland should provide a stern test for Spurs as the holiday fixtures come thick and fast.

However, with Bale on song and their attackers firing on all cylinders, the away side should be confident of success at the Stadium of Light.

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