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TOTTENHAM VS SUNDERLAND

Published:Friday | January 15, 2016 | 1:00 AM

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)

LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWIRELED, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES,

DIER, DEMBELE,

LAMELA, ALLI, ERIKSEN, KANE

SUNDERLAND (5-3-2)

DEFOE, WATMORE,

JOHNSON, M'VILA, TOIVONEN, VAN AANHOLT, KABOUL, O'SHEA, COATES, JONES,

PANTILIMON

Sunderland arrive in confident mood after winning 4-2 against 10-man Swansea City on Wednesday, their second win in a row in the Barclays Premier League. They owe their latest three points to Jermain Defoe's hat-trick, the fourth of his career in the Premier League - only 11 players have claimed more. And the Black Cats have netted seven goals in two games - more than in their previous eight matches combined (just six), They are still in the bottom three but just one point from safety.

Spurs, meanwhile, are fifth despite losing 1-0 at home to Leicester City on Wednesday. They are back at White Hart Lane where they have conceded just eight goals. And They are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League clashes against the Black Cats (home and away), winning eight and drawing just two.

In September, a young Tottenham side won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to an 82nd-minute winner from Ryan Mason.

Former Spurs favourite Defoe returns to White Hart Lane for the second time since leaving the club for Toronto FC, in Canada, in July 2014.