Sunderland face Spurs at The Stadium of Light and will be looking to claw their way back from the bottom of the Premier League table with a win against Andre Villas Boas’s men.
Having narrowly lost 4-3 to Chelsea earlier in the week, Sunderland will be buoyed by their positive performance against top opposition but boss Gus Poyet will be looking to get something out of today’s match against Tottenham.
Sunderland’s loss to Chelsea was Poyet’s first at home after grabbing wins against Newcastle and Manchester City. His side have conceded 14 goals already this year, the worst in the Premier League, and defensively they are lacking.
Despite bringing in a wealth of talent, Villas Boas’s side have only scored six goals away from home this year but despite a lack of finishing have still managed to get 13 points from games away from home.
A late winner against Fulham in midweek will alleviate a bit of pressure from the Spurs manager but anything less than a win against a team struggling to get off the bottom of the PL will be seen as a failure by the fans no doubt. Just three points off 4th spot, today’s game is crucial to Tottenham’s campaign.
Sunderland have lost eight points from winning positions this season, more than any other Barclays Premier League team.
Tottenham are one of only two teams (along with Newcastle) yet to score more than twice in a Barclays Premier League game this season.
Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet made 82 Premier League appearances for Tottenham Hotspur as a player and also served as Assistant Coach under Juande Ramos for the Lilywhites.
Steven Fletcher has scored in three of his last five Premier League games against Spurs.
Spurs have won four and lost none of the last six Premier League meetings with Sunderland.
Jermain Defoe has never scored against Sunderland in 10 Premier League appearances for Spurs, despite netting four goals in six games for other clubs against the Black Cats.
Tottenham have won five of their last eight Premier League away games (D1 L2).
Spurs will attempt to score 2+ goals in three successive Premier League games for the first time since April.
Sunderland have conceded four own goals in the Premier League this season, twice as many as any other side.
Sunderland have hit the fewest shots on target this season (33) while Spurs have the lowest shot conversion rate (7%).