Wigan Athletic’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday evening will have had everyone connected with Sunderland breathing a sigh of relief as the Latics’ relegation ensured the Black Cats will live to fight another day in the Premier League.
They travel to White Hart Lane this weekend to face a Tottenham side that sit just one point adrift of fourth place as they battle it out with neighbours Arsenal for the final Champions League qualification position with one league match remaining.
Andre Villas-Boas’ side head into the match as the overwhelming favourites to round off the season with a win at 11/50, with the draw at 5/1, while an away success for Paolo Di Canio’s side is at 11/1.
And to help you decide where the value lies, here are ten facts that could prove crucial.
1 : Sunderland have scored one goal in seven of their last nine league outings. The Black Cats can be backed at 29/20 to score just once at White Hart Lane.
3: Emmanuel Adebayor has found the net in three of his last five league appearances. Before that, he had not scored in the league since New Year’s Day. He is 4/1 to open proceedings and evens to score at any time.
4: Four of Tottenham’s last six league matches have seen at least three or more goals. Over 2.5 goals this weekend has been priced at 53/100.
5: There have been at least two goals scored in the first half of five of Spurs’ last seven league outings. Over 1.5 goals in the first half is priced at 6/5.
6: Spurs have managed to score in both halves in six of their last eight league encounters. They are 87/100 to net in each half this weekend.
7: The north London club have scored exactly two goals in seven of their last nine games in all competitions. It is 11/5 they score two goals this weekend.
8: The number of times in Tottenham’s last nine matches in all competitions that both teams have scored. A similar outcome on Sunday can be backed at 83/100.
17: Sunderland have conceded the opening goal in the first half of 17 league matches this season. Spurs are 3/5 to break the deadlock in the first half.
20: Gareth Bale sits three goals behind Luis Suarez and five behind Robin van Persie in the Premier League goalscoring chart. The attacker is 11/4 favourite to score first.
43: Of the 65 goals Spurs have scored this season, 43 have come after the break. They have been priced at 23/20 to score more goals in the second period than they manage before half-time.