Spurs v Sunderland: Hosts to banish the Wembley blues

David Moyes is finding life tough with Sunderland
David Moyes is finding life tough with Sunderland
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Spurs suffered Champions League heartbreak in midweek, but Kevin Hatchard believes they can bounce back with an entertaining win over Sunderland.

"Spurs should come out on top here, but Sunderland have scored in 13 of their last 14 Premier League road matches."

Back Spurs/BTTS double at 3.02/1 (Sportsbook product)

Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
Sunday September 18, 16:30
Live on Sky Sports 1


Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham's big night at Wembley ended in failure in midweek, as they were beaten 2-1 in the Champions League by Monaco, who thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the home of English football. It wasn't a dreadful display by any means, but against a good side who arrived in London top of Ligue 1, every lapse in concentration was brutally punished.

Spurs will now try to rebuild their shaken confidence, and they can at least fall back on an unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign. Stoke were dismembered 4-0 last weekend, with Heung-Min Son scoring twice. I suspect that in the fullness of time, Spurs fans will be delighted that a prospective summer move to Wolfsburg failed to materialise for the South Korean. When he's on form, he is tough to stop.

Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino criticised what he perceived as a lack of intensity at Wembley, and he has publicly demanded an improved showing. What augurs well for the hosts is that they have rarely suffered a prolonged slump since Pochettino took charge. Defeats in the final two games of the Premier League season represent the only back-to-back losses the team has suffered since May 2015.

There is further good news for discombobulated Spurs supporters. Harry Kane finally returned to the scoresheet last weekend, and Tottenham's recent record against Sunday's opponents Sunderland is stellar. Opta tell us they are unbeaten in 12 meetings with the Black Cats, a run that stretches back to April 2010.


Sunderland

Few things are certain in life: death, taxes and an appalling start to the Premier League season by Sunderland. The Opta stats make for grim reading - Sunderland haven't won any of their last 23 Premier League games contested in either August or September. By any standards, that is a truly feeble record.

Having crashed and burned with Manchester United and Real Sociedad, David Moyes isn't finding life on Wearside any easier so far. A Romelu Lukaku-inspired implosion against Moyes' old club Everton left the Black Cats with a solitary point from four Premier League games.

There have been some promising signs at times for Sunderland, but incomplete performances aren't enough to take the points at this level, and Moyes needs to somehow stop his charges from giving away silly goals. They have shipped eight goals in four league games, but the return to fitness of defensive screen Jan Kirchhoff should help, as should the summer acquisition of midfield battler Didier Ndong.

At least Jermain Defoe gives the Black Cats a bit of menace in attack. The former Spurs striker has netted in each of his last six Premier League away games, a run only bettered by Robin Van Persie, who netted in nine consecutive road matches for Arsenal five years ago.


Match Odds

Sunderland's revival may well happen at some stage, but the Opta stats suggest it won't be at White Hart Lane. Sunderland have lost on 13 of their last 15 visits to Spurs, and they haven't kept a clean sheet at WHL since 1980.

Pochettino will have his players fired up, and the return of Mousa Dembele to the midfield after a long suspension is welcome. He really makes Tottenham tick, and his absence has been keenly felt.

In the last three editions of this fixture, Spurs have won 5-1, 2-1 and 4-1. Sunderland have scored in each of their last seven Premier League away games, and if you stretch back further you can see that they have netted in 13 of their last 14 road matches.

On that basis I'm happy to back a Spurs/Both Teams To Score double at a hefty 3.02/1 on the Sportsbook. You could back Spurs outright at 1.341/3 on the Exchange, but it's too short a price for our purposes in this column.


To Score

Given Defoe's stellar record on the road of late, he's worth considering to score against his former club at 4.57/2, which seems an extraordinarily generous price.

If you fancy Harry Kane to net in back-to-back games, he's trading at 1.910/11.


Ref Watch

Mike Dean has shown at least three yellow cards in his three Premier League assignments this season, and he booked seven players during Manchester City's 4-1 win at Stoke.

He has shown fewer than three cards in just one of his last 12 games, and in four of the last five he has shown either three or four yellow cards. Backing 30-40 pts in the Bookings Odds market at 2.9215/8 looks a decent play.


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