Sunderland accounted for champions Manchester City on Boxing Day, Adam Johnson grabbing the only goal against his former club but the Black Cats are nevertheless expected to be up against it as they host another high-flyer; this time Champions League hopefuls Tottenham.
The in-form visitors are 11/10 with Stan James to card a sixth victory in eight league matches while the hosts are 29/10 outsiders at BetVictor and it’s 5/2 via Ladbrokes to finish all square, just as it did in the corresponding fixture at the Stadium of Light last season.
Punters desperate for a match bet in this one, should probably focus attention on Spurs but Sunderland’s three victories in four are a concern and shrewd punters might instead turn their attention to the goal scorer markets.
There, prolific Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale is hard to ignore following his Boxing Day hat trick at Aston Villa. That took the Tottenham flyer’s tally in the Premier League this season to an impressive nine in 16 matches and he’s 9/4 courtesy of Sportingbet to add to that total while Coral offer 7/1 about him notching first on Wearside.
Gareth Bale to score first – 7/1 (Coral)