Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland: Match Preview

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Tottenham will be able to call upon Benoit Assou-Ekotto after he recovered from a knee injury. Sandro (knee), Younes Kaboul (thigh) and William Gallas (calf) remain unavailable.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is without left-back Danny Rose as he is ineligible to play against parent club with Jack Colback set to fill in. Stephane Sessegnon compltes a three-match ban, while Craig Gardner is also suspended. Connor Wickham should be ok after returning from a month long lay-off against Southampton last week.

Andre Villas-Boas…“I think what it represents, if we don’t achieve it, is one more sign that you have to push up to get closer to that group. Whenever that group is competing for titles, the reference of points will be higher and you have to improve and you have to get more points the next time. Our step at the moment is to be into the Champions League, probably not title contenders but we hope to be competitive next season if we manage to do things properly in the summer.”

Paolo Di Canio…”It is crucial we get something from the game on Sunday because I do not want to finish with another defeat and I do not want to finish fourth-bottom. It is not possible to go into this weekend and not want to win – they are not my values. We are safe, but my players have to be professional and approach the game in the right way. I like the genuine approach to the game in this country.

Match Statistic: Sunderland striker Danny Graham’s goal drought now stands at 1034 minutes.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Sunderland

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