Sunderland v Tottenham Betting Preview

A defender by trade there is no doubt that Bruce has been putting his players through their paces on the training ground this week and a return to basics could prove to be the best remedy.

Wearside or Milan? No, not a question as to which City is the capital of fashion, but more a deliberation for Harry Redknapp to ponder.

With a visit to Italy for the first leg of their mouth-watering Champions League tie coming up on Tuesday, the Spurs boss has a decision to make. Should he rest key players for the trip to the Stadium of Light, or would that prove too risky against a side just two places below them in the Premier League table?

Some of those decisions may be taken out of his hands as influential duo Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale are unlikely to be available. Luka Modric is also a doubt with appendicitis but Peter Crouch could return after missing England's midweek friendly with Denmark.

Sunderland are likely to have Craig Gordon and Jordan Henderson after the duo also missed midweek international fixtures. Lee Cattermole, Danny Welbeck and Michael Turner remain sidelined.

Step into the Light

This weekend's fixture signals the beginning of a tricky run of games for the Black Cats. They play four of the current top six in their next five games as well as making a trip to Goodison Park to face a resurgent Everton. If they are to maintain aspirations of playing European football next season they must get back to winning ways on home soil.

Spurs have won their last two league games but haven't looked to be anywhere near the top of their game for some time now. They should be credited for grinding out results when necessary but have lacked a cutting edge without Bale and van der Vaart. It is now six Premier League games since they won a game by more than one goal.

If Tottenham's creative duo are absent then it is likely to be a huge relief for Steve Bruce. Sunderland's previously stoic defence have now conceded seven in their last two games and left their manager dumbfounded after twice surrendering the lead, before coming away with nothing, from The Britannia last weekend.

Both managers are likely to see the draw as a satisfactory result and given that, on paper, they also look fairly evenly matched a share of the spoils at 23/10 looks the best betting option.

Back to Brucie Basics

Although Sunderland's defence has been uncharacteristically leaky of late Spurs aren't in hot goalscoring form either. They've found the back of the net just six times in as many Premier League games.

A defender by trade there is no doubt that Bruce has been putting his players through their paces on the training ground this week and a return to basics could prove to be the best remedy.

Expect a reversion to the low scoring, tight fixtures that were commonplace at the Stadium of Light earlier this season and back Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 accordingly.

Although Redknapp's players coped amicably with the strains of Champions League football earlier in the season doing so at this stage of the campaign presents an entirely different task. It may transpire that the manager is forced into making a decision about where his priorities lie.

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 11/02/2011 - 15:46 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Crystal Palace, Tottenham

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