Live on Skysports 1: Sun 13.30 & 16.00: Spurs are 13/2 (bet365) to win 1-0 at Stoke while Sunderland can beat Blackburn
Martin O’Neill’s return to management sees him take over a Sunderland side that are 10/11 (Stan James) to beat a Blackburn Rovers team 10/3 () to record back to back wins.
Sunderland’s defeat last week means they have just two wins all season but surely only the pessimistic would be happy with a draw, 3.5 (5/2) at Betdaq, as they look to welcome in new enthusiasm.
Yakubu, 7/1 at Totesport to notch first, is an obvious danger after bagging four at Ewood Park last week but Steve Kean’s side will be lucky to even score. Partybets chalk up 7/4 on a Sunderland clean sheet while Skybet go 5/2 for them to combine that with a victory.
Kieran Richardson will look to keep up his good form which saw him net last weekend and he is Boylesports’ 9/1 chance to snatch the first of the day while Betfred make him 11/4 to simply score at any point during the afternoon.
Stoke’s Peter Crouch scored twice for Spurs when the teams met last season and the sides renew acquaintances on Sunday when the 6’7” striker will be doing his utmost to notch at least one – for the Potters. He’s 6/1 with Paddy Power to score the game’s opening goal, but his former Spurs colleagues are attractively priced at 11/10 (Ladbrokes) to secure maximum points.
While Tottenham boast a good away record, just one of their last seven meetings with Stoke have been settled by more than a single goal. Another close encounter is in prospect and Tottenham’s 13/2 (Bet365) to win 1-0 holds obvious appeal.