On the face of it, the league’s fourth-best attack going up against the joint-fourth best defence makes for an interesting match-up, although as far as Tottenham and Sunderland are concerned the result already looks a foregone conclusion.
Spurs go into the game against the Black Cats as 7/20 favourites to win in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, leaving the draw at 7/2 and a Sunderland victory at 8/1.
As the odds suggest, the game looks set to end in victory for the Lilywhites even if Sunderland will still be on a crest of a wave following the appointment of Martin O’Neill and their last-gasp victory over Blackburn last weekend.
For although Sunderland have conceded an average of just 1.2 goals a game in their 18 matches, which is the same number as Chelsea, three defeats in their last five games suggest they will not be able to keep up with Tottenham.
Last weekend’s defeat to Stoke was Spurs’ first loss in the league since 28th August and Harry Redknapp’s side are still on a run of five consecutive home victories.
Meanwhile, they have scored three times in four of their last six Premier League matches.
With Sunderland only scoring more than once twice in the same period, Spurs look to have more than enough firepower to overcome the Black Cats and return to winning ways.
As a Spurs win is so short, football betting fans thinking about having a punt on the Tottenham v Sunderland game might want to consider other options.
Sunderland’s defensive record might be impressive, but with home support behind them, forwards in form and a pattern of scoring at least three goals in recent games, Tottenham could make O’Neill’s strugglers pay.
With at least three goals scored in five of Tottenham’s six league games at home this season, a safe bet looks to be on a Spurs win with over 2.5 goals at 91/100.
Meanwhile, no team has scored more goals in the first 15 minutes of matches than Spurs, while only four teams have conceded more than the Black Cats in this period.
This points not only to Spurs scoring the first goal of the first half at odds of 31/50, but on Spurs establishing a lead at half time and going on to secure victory over 90 minutes. A Spurs win at half time and full time is priced at 87/100.
But perhaps the best bet could be on Spurs to score three or more goals at odds of 13/10. Sunderland’s defensive record might be impressive, but with home support behind them, forwards in form and a pattern of scoring at least three goals in recent games, Tottenham could make O’Neill’s strugglers pay.
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