Sunderland hosts Tottenham Hotspurs at the Stadium of Light on Apr. 7 in a huge game for Spurs. In fact, every game is a huge one for the London club from now until the end of the season as they’re trying to hang onto their European Champions League spot for next season by finishing in the top four in the English Premier League this campaign.
However, a third place finish is more attractive for Spurs since the fourth place team in England could technically get knocked out of the Champions League if Chelsea manages to win the European trophy this season and finish outside if the top four. If Chelsea happened to place fifth in the league and win the Champions League then the fourth place team would lose its European spot since England is only allowed four Champions League entrants.
Spurs are currently sitting in a tie for third place on points with cross town rivals Arsenal with 58 points each, but Arsenal has a better goal differential of +21 to Spurs +20. Spurs has 17 wins, seven draws and seven losses on the season and every point and goal is going to count in the race with Arsenal. Chelsea and Newcastle still have an outside chance at cracking the top four with 53 points.
Sunderland sits in ninth place and isn’t really going anywhere in the standings. They have 41 points from 11 wins, eight draws and 12 defeats and are too far behind the top four and well ahead of the relegation zone.
Spurs won their last match, 3-1 over Swansea, but it was just the first win in the last six games for them. Sunderland has won just two out of their past five games with two draws and a loss. Both teams have slipped a bit lately and Spurs, who were once mentioned as title challengers are now in danger of dropping out of the top four. They had a 10 point lead over Chelsea and Arsenal in February. Sunderland blew a big chance last game out by blowing a late 3-1 lead against Manchester City and settling for a 3-3 draw.
Spurs hasn’t won on the road since the calendar changed to 2012 and it’s going to be a tough job to take three points home from Sunderland. However, they do have more incentive for a win and looked pretty good in last week’s game against Swansea. Meanwhile, Sunderland will be a bit dejected after throwing away a possible win in Manchester last week and could have lost a bit of confidence after that game.
Sunderland is hoping that skipper Lee Cattermole will be fit enough to play, but he’s questionable as is Fraizer Campbell. Wayne Bridge should be back in the line-up though. For Spurs, the always-injured Ledley King will need to pass a fitness test.
Nicklas Bendtner has finally started to score a few goals for Sunderland and Emmanuel Adebayor had a pair for Spurs last week. Spurs also have Jermaine Defoe and Louis Saha to choose from to play up front while Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale have also been playing well.
Sunderland v Tottenham Predictions
Spurs have three losses and three draws in their past six away games and there’s a good chance this game ends in a draw too.
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