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Sunderland v Spurs preview

by Stuart Vose

We look ahead to Saturday's game on Wearside.

Sunderland head into Saturday’s game with Spurs looking to record three Barclays Premier League wins in a row for the first time since April 2008.

Boss Martin O’Neill achieved the feat in all competitions almost a year ago, with wins over Manchester City and Wigan coming prior to a victory at Peterborough in the FA Cup with Budweiser.

O’Neill masterminded another win over City last time out as Adam Johnson scored the winner against his former club.

And the Sunderland boss says his side face a similarly difficult test this weekend against a Spurs side who are in the middle of a red-hot sequence.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side have taken 13 points from their last six games and lost just one of their last seven.

They are the only Barclays Premier League club to score in all their away league games this season, with only Manchester United having netted more times on the road.

While Sunderland put City to the sword on Boxing Day, Spurs were notching a fine win of their own as they powered to a 4-0 victory at Aston Villa, with Gareth Bale notching a hat-trick.

The result sees Spurs sitting in the top four on goals scored ahead of Everton, with West Brom rounding out a group of sides on 30 points from 19 games.

And boss Villas-Boas will be hoping to guide his side safely into the Champions League come the end of the season having made the short trip across London following his removal as Chelsea manager.

Meanwhile, O’Neill has seen his side round nicely into form of late - the win over City was their third in four outings.

Barring a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, Sunderland haven’t conceded a goal in that spell, with both of their last two victories coming by 1-0 margins (Southampton, Manchester City) following the 3-0 success over Reading.

Saturday’s game will be the 109th meeting between the two sides in all competitions, with Spurs holding a slight edge with 42 wins to Sunderland’s 37. A further 29 games have ended all square.

The sides drew 0-0 on Wearside last season, with Spurs winning the corresponding fixture at home courtesy of a lone goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Sunderland’s last home win over Tottenham came in April 2010, when Darren Bent (2) and Boudewijn Zenden scored in a 3-1 victory.