Sunderland’s cross-Tyne neighbours put Spurs under pressure to perform at the SSOL by winning at Swansea, who were the North Londoners’ victims last week in what has become a 3-match losing run for the Welsh newcomers to the top League.
Richardson may be back for Sunderland – he always seems to play well against Spurs. What will Martin O’Neill decide to do with the side that played so well last week? Why change a team that came away with a point from the Etihad for the first time since February 2011.
Bridge could also return, but Colback did well in his place last time out. Cattermole will face a late test on his knee. Our injury list is just Angeleri (knee), Bramble (Achilles), Brown (knee), Westwood (hand), O'Shea (calf).
Spurs are missing Gomes (knee), Dawson (ankle), Bentley (knee), Jenas (Achilles), Huddlestone (ankle). Ledley King (knee) and Aaron Lennon (hamstring) may still feature.
We have been good at home, losing just once in the MON era and if we can keep up the intensity that we showed last week we may still get revenge for that narrow 0-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in December, when our new manager was still getting to know the team and his best formation.
The visitors are not on a good run and have failed to win away in 2012, and in their last 6 games away from White Hart Lane in the Premier League. This will be a stern test for the Black Cats though, but it would help our season from fizzling out if we can show up and win in a game like this.
A solid performance like the ones against Liverpool or Man. City would suit most fans, including me, fine…
©Lars J.S. Knutsen