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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(39) 34 Goals 47 (62)
(22) 20 Assists 26 (45)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 7.1 (6.8)
31.5 Average Age 32
181.5 Average Height (cm) 181.4
(0.8) 1 Shots pg 1.5 (1.1)
(45%) 43% Aerial Duel Success 46% (46%)
(0.5) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.7)
(1.5) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Lee Cattermole Out 6.69
Wes Brown Out N/A
Danny Rose Out 7
John O'Shea Doubtful 6.91
Player Reason Status Rating
Younes Kaboul Out 6.52
Benoit Assou-Ekotto Doubtful 7.13
Clint Dempsey Doubtful 6.94
Mousa Dembélé Doubtful 7.23

Team News

  • Martin O'Neill will be forced into one change from the side that beat Man City last time out, with Danny Rose ineligible to face former club Spurs, so Bardsley should come in.
  • John O'Shea should be back in contention following an illness but after the side kept a clean sheet in his absence the former United man is unlikely to walk straight back into the team, with Kilgallon set to keep his place.
  • Sunderland's only two casualties remain captain Lee Cattermole and defender Wes Brown.
  • Tottenham are also likely to avoid unforced changes after their comprehensive 4-0 win at Villa, though Mousa Dembele picked up a knock and could be rested.
  • With Scott Parker returning to first team action any potential absence from the Belgian would be softened.
  • Gallas, Caulker and Dawson all vie for a start at centre-back, with Naughton likely to keep his place on the left as Assou-Ekotto's match fitness is still in question.


  • Games between Tottenham and Sunderland are traditionally tight, low-scoring affairs, highlighted by the fact that only 3 of their last 11 meetings have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
  • Spurs have only won one of their last 7 matches at the Stadium of Light and though they will be high on confidence after a convincing win, Sunderland know that they can keep out the best of them at home having done so against City on Boxing Day.
  • If Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe continue in their current vein of form, however, it's hard not to favour the visitors, though this should be a far closer game than their previous away day.
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