Tottenham will be doing all they possibly to maintain their position in the top four this coming Saturday.

AVB’s charges will be looking to continue their rich vein of form as they sparkled in their 4-0 boxing day victory over Aston Villa.

The lunchtime kick off on Wearside though does give Sunderland an opportunity so continue their mini revival of late. A win against the Premier League champions last time out a notable scalp.

It was their third win in their last four outings and came as an extremely welcome relief for the Black Cats as they have managed to haul themselves away from the relegation zone putting a 7 point buffer in place.

The feel good factor is starting to come back at the Stadium of Light with the run of late masking the frustrations of the supporters just under a month ago.

Tottenham may be able to halt this festive cheer with their attacking disposal, and Gareth Bale looks ready to wreak havoc again.

Just one defeat in seven has been based upon have a resolute defence. They have not conceded and three and remain above Everton.

Sunderland will be without Danny Rose who is on a season long loan is ineligible to play against his parent club. Phil Baardsley could slot in on or Colback could move back from midfield. John O’ Shea missed out boxing day and could return too.

Clint Dempsey and Tom Huddlestone could return after groin and knee injuries respectively. Benoit Assou Ekotto could make his long awaited comeback too after a knee injury. Scott Parker may also be ready for his first start of the season, after recovering from his Achilles problem. Moussa Dembele could return (hip) despite coming off against Aston Villa.

Andre Villas Boas’s side have scored in every away game this season and remain the only side to do this.  They will hope for more of the same come Saturday.

Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

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