Two squads coming off of big victories on Boxing Day face off in a crucial EPL match at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
The Black Cats became only the second EPL squad to take down the defending league champions Manchester City, besting the Blues 1-0 on December 26. The victory was not only the Black Cats' third victory in its last four games—it was its third clean sheet during that streak.
Sunderland currently sits 13th in the table with 22 points, three points out of a place in the table's Top 10.
Tottenham, which pitched a clean sheet of its own against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, has also won three of its past four EPL matches, drawing to a clean sheet against Stoke City. The Spurs enter the match fourth in the table with 33 points, two behind Chlesea for third.
Let's take a look at all the pertinent information for Saturday's match and see if we can't make sense of it all.
Where: Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England
When: Saturday, December 29 at 7:45 a.m. ET
Watch: Fox Soccer Channel
Live Stream: Fox Soccer2Go
While Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole remains out with a knee injury and fullback Danny Rose is ineligible to play against the Spurs as part of his loan agreement, defender John O'Shea is expected to return from illness to help the Black Cats on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail.
Tottenham could be getting some reinforcements this weekend, as forward Clint Dempsey (groin), midfielder Tom Huddlestone (knee) and defenseman Benoit Assou-Ekotto could be getting back onto the pitch, according to the Daily Mail.
Midfielder Moussa Dembele, who had to come off during the Spurs' win over Aston Villa due to a nagging hip injury, is expected back in the lineup for Tottenham as well (h/t Daily Mail).
The two matches between these two sides last season saw a total of one goal be scored, with the Spurs winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane before playing out a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light in April.
With the Spurs getting healthy and the Black Cats still missing some key pieces, things don't look good for the home squad,.
Sunderland has struggled to score at home this season, finding the back of the net only 10 times in nine home matches this season. while the Spurs have scored 20 goals in nine away matches this season.
Gareth Bale, who recorded a hat trick in the second-half of the Spurs' win over Aston Villa, will continue his hot shooting and the Spurs pick up another win before the new year begins.
Prediction: Tottenham 2, Sunderland 1
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