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Tottenham v Sunderland Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Predicted Score
Tottenham Hotspur welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane on Sunday looking for a win to give them any hope of securing a top-four finish this season.
Spurs head into the final weekend sitting in fifth place after Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Wigan and they must now rely on their north London rivals dropping points away at Newcastle if they’re to clinch that all-important Champions League place.
A seven-game unbeaten run has seen Tottenham remain in the hunt for the top-four and it’s required a stunning second half of the season from the Gunners to overhaul Andre Villas-Boas side – who once held a seven-point advantage over their rivals after winning the north London derby back on March 3rd.
Sunderland have very little left to play for now their Premier League status has been secured for another season but Paolo Di Canio will be using this game to assess what transfer business needs to be done in the summer, so he’ll no doubt be demanding 100% effort form his players.
AVB has been boosted by the return of left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto who has recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of last weeks 2-1 win away at Stoke. If the defender is recalled, it may mean Jan Vertonghen is moved back into the centre of defence alongside Michael Dawson.
Mousa Dembele may also start having come off the bench last weekend but Sandro, Younes Kaboul and William Gallas are all unavailable.
Sunderland will have to fill a void left by Danny Rose with the left-back unable to play against his parent club. Jack Colback is expected to fill in with David Vaughan coming in to midfield.
Striker Stephane Sessegnon remains out as he completes a three-game suspension while Craig Gardner is also suspended. Steven Fletcher remains on the sidelines but Connor Wickham is available after returning from a calf injury against Southampton last week.
Tottenham’s need for points is far greater than Sunderland’s and with the extra quality AVB’s men also have, I see this being a relatively easy afternoon’s work for the north Londoners. Tottenham 3-0 Sunderland
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