With Sunderland now in 20th place in the Premier League, Tottenham will be hoping to take advantage of their difficulty with a win at White Hart Lane. Spurs will be hoping to maintain their recent domination in this match. Gus Poyet may have other ideas.
This evening’s game at White Hart Lane will be the 102nd League meeting between Spurs and Sunderland with Tottenham holding a slight advantage in the overall record with 39 wins ahead of Sunderland’s thirty five. The more recent record for games in the Premier League era shows a greater Tottenham dominance.Tottenham have won the last three Premier League games against Sunderland although it took a special goal by Gareth Bale late in the final match of last season to secure the points at White Hart Lane.
Last December, in what was to be Andre Villas-Boas’ final league win as Tottenham manager, Spurs came from behind to win at the Stadium of Light. The goals came from Paulinho and an own goal from John O’Shea, inside five minutes, either side of the interval.
The match at Sunderland in December, 2012 also ended 2 – 1 in Spurs favour, again coming from behind with an own goal and a winner from Aaron Lennon.
At The Lane
Tottenham’s Home League Record against Sunderland (inc. PL)
P 50 W 24 D 13 L 13 For 83 Ag 57
Premier League Record at WHL:
P 12 W 10 D 1 L 1 For 24 Ag 9
December, 2011 Won 1 – 0 Pavlyuchenko
Sunderland had been boosted by the appointment of Martin O’Neill the previous week but Spurs managed to score the only goal of the game when Luka Modric picked up a free ball inside his own half and moved forward before passing to Rafael Van der Vaart who with a lovely reverse pass released substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko to finish from the edge of the penalty area, shooting across the goalkeeper in the 61st minute.
The return game at Sunderland the following April was a dour scoreless draw as Spurs’ poor run of form continued which would eventually see them miss out on Champions League football, even though they finished 4th.
November, 2010 Draw 1 – 1 Van der Vaart
The two goals were scored within three minutes during the second half. Van der Vaart put Spurs ahead after 64 minutes but Sunderland made an immediate response to equalise through Gyan in the 67th minute.
The match at Sunderland ended 2 – 1 for Tottenham with goals from Michael Dawson and Nico Kranjcar, Spurs again recovering from going a goal down early on.
November, 2009 Won 2 – 0 Keane, Huddlestone
Robbie Keane gave Spurs the lead after 12 minutes and Tom Huddlestone secured victory with the second in the 68th minute. Heurelho Gomes was a villain and a hero, conceding a penalty in the second half having fouled Darren Bent who had moved from Spurs in the summer. He was booked but stayed on the pitch to save Bent’s penalty as well as make a number of important saves.
The contest between Gomes and Bent continued at Sunderland the following April. Inspired by Bent, the home side won 3 – 1. He scored twice, one from the penalty but Gomes saved two other penalties which were awarded. Peter Crouch scored Spurs lone response.
August, 2008 Lost 1 – 2 Jenas
In the first home game of the season, Sunderland deservedly took the points as Juande Ramos’ team struggled to their second defeat, having already lost at Middlesbrough. Sunderland went ahead in the second half by Jermaine Jenas equalised with under 17 minutes left but ten minutes later Sunderland scored to claim their first win in the Premier League at White Hart Lane.
The following March a Robbie Keane goal in the 89th minute denied Sunderland a win, having gone ahead after only 3 minutes.
January, 2008 Won 2 – 0 Lennon, Keane
Early and late for Tottenham as Lennon put Spurs ahead in the 2nd minute but Keane’s goal didn’t come until the 89th minute.
The previous August, on the opening day of the season, Martin Jol’s team suffered defeat when Sunderland scored the only goal of the game in the final minute.
Two Matches of Note
Steve Perryman’s Debut
In September, 1969 after a poor start to the season, Spurs manager, Bill Nicholson, gave a debut to a young home grown player for the visit of Sunderland. His name was Steve Perryman. Unfortunately, Sunderland rather spoiled his first game by winning 1-0 through an own goal from Spurs’ Welsh international, Mike England. At least the early set-back to his career didn’t have an adverse effect on Perryman’s career, going on to become Spurs’ captain and to be a vital member of the successful Spurs’ teams in the early 1970s and 1980s as well as make a record 854 appearances for Spurs in all competitions.
Four for Greaves
Jimmy Greaves loved playing against Sunderland – 10 goals in total for spurs, including four in a game in 1968. In a rejuvenated season Greaves rediscovered his goalscoring touch bringing calls for him to be recalled to the England team. Greaves scored 4 against Sunderland in a 5 – 1 win with Mike England who was playing as a centre forward scoring the other goal.
Enjoy tonight’s game!!!!