Tottenham v Sunderland preview: Dame N'Doye unavailable for Black Cats
By Simeon Gholam
Last Updated: 16/01/16 12:50pm
Sunderland's new signing Dame N'Doye will not be available for their lunchtime trip to Tottenham on Saturday.
The 30-year-old striker sits out as he awaits his work permit following his loan move from Trabszonspor earlier this week.
Spurs, who will be hoping to bounce back from their home defeat against Leicester on Wednesday night, could name an unchanged team.
After that defeat, Mauricio Pochettino's side sit fourth, while the Black Cats are aiming for a third straight win to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.
Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele returned from an ankle problem in midweek, but fellow midfielder Ryan Mason remains out with an ankle injury.
Clinton Njie has been struggling with a knee problem, while Alex Pritchard is nearing fitness after four months out with an ankle problem.
Defender Jan Kirchhoff could make his debut for Sunderland following his move from Bayern Munich earlier this month.
Billy Jones, who suffered a cut to his head at Swansea, is set to be available, while midfielder Jack Rodwell could return from a hamstring problem.
Tottenham Hotspur have won eight and lost none of their last 11 Premier League games against Sunderland. The scores have been level at half-time in 10 of those 11 matches, with Sunderland ahead in the other.
Christian Eriksen has scored in all three of his Premier League games against the Black Cats.
Sam Allardyce won seven of his 12 Premier League games against Spurs while Bolton manager but has won just four of 11 with other clubs.
There have been six goals scored in the final 10 minutes of the last six matches between Tottenham and the Black Cats.
Sunderland have won just one of their last seven Premier League trips to London (W1 D1 L5).
After being unbeaten in their first eight home league games this season (W4 D4 L0), Spurs have lost two of their last three games at White Hart Lane (W1 D0 L2).
Jermain Defoe has scored five times in his last two Premier League games, as many as he managed in his previous 22 appearances in the competition.
The win at Swansea was a major lifeline for Sunderland. It was a game they had to win because if they'd have lost they would have been near enough relegated and it would have definitely relegated Aston Villa.
Looking at Tottenham, it's them all over. They start getting good reviews and everyone thinks they are in the title race but then all of sudden they shoot themselves in the foot. If they'd won the other night and then win this early kick-off they would have gone right up there.
But that's Tottenham and it's why it is so hard to win the Premier League. However, I am going to go for Spurs to bounce back in this one. Sunderland would have put a lot into their win at Swansea. They are heading to White Hart Lane with somewhat of a free swing but I see Spurs bouncing back under no pressure with Harry Kane scoring the first goal.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1
Tottenham are Sky Bet's odds-on favourites ahead of the visit of Sunderland (9/1) with the draw 17/4. The Black Cats have a poor recent record at White Hart Lane but have won back-to-back league matches to ease their relegation fears. Jermain Defoe has scored five goals in those two wins and is 10/1 to net the opener and 3/1 to score any time against his former club.