Sunderland vs. Tottenham Premier League Pick

Steven Suarez

Friday, December 6, 2013 8:35 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 8:35 PM UTC

The Black Cats are at the very bottom of the Premier League, so they need to get at least a point out of this visit of Spurs. Can they do it?

Odds Overview

Tottenham is the -110 favorite at the sportsbooks as of now, though there's still time for those soccer betting lines to shift ahead of kickoff. Sunderland is right around +325 to win and a draw is appropriately priced at +250.

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What a match that was at the Stadium of Light. You could tell the Black Cats were well up for a battle with Chelsea and they proved it from the get-go, scoring after 14 minutes after a neat finish from American Jozy Altidore.

After a lot more back-and-forth, the Blues' quality eventually shown through and they were able to hand Sunderland a 4-3 loss on their own ground. It was most definitely a valiant effort from Gus Poyet's men, with Altidore, John O'Shea and Phillip Bardsley scoring the goals.

A victory would have kept Sunderland out of the bottom spot in the league, but now they're two points behind both Fulham and Crystal Palace and are five points away from getting out of the relegation zone.

The simple fact is no one has really stepped up and become a reliable goalscorer for the Black Cats this term. No one on the team has scored more than two leagues goals so far and they've totaled only 12 goals overall heading into Saturday.

Meanwhile, they've allowed 28 goals, tying them with Norwich City for the worst defensive record.


Spurs were involved with their own drama during the week, but managed to leave Craven Cottage with a huge 2-1 victory.

It looked like Fulham may pull off the upset after Ashkan Dejagah's goals 10 minutes into the second half, but Tottenham kept their nerve and got two fine goals out of Vlad Chiriches and then Lewis Holtby to take all three points.

The win pushed Spurs into sixth place in the standings, as Newcastle, Southampton and Manchester United all lost their respective matches.

Yet another tricky away challenge awaits though in Sunderland this weekend. Tottenham has done quite well away from home, recording four wins, one draw and two losses, despite the fact they've given up more goals (eight) than they've scored themselves (six).

It will be interesting to see who AVB decides to start in this one. He went with Jermain Defoe up front against the Cottagers, but there's a good possibility Roberto Soldado will come back into the starting XI on Saturday. Stay tuned.

Premier League Pick

We are picking the upset here.

The Black Cats put on a great show against Chelsea and no one would have argued with the fact they deserved to get something from that match. We think they'll be encouraging by the display and desire they showed and that it will carry over against a less cohesive Tottenham team.

Spurs have been a bit inconsistent with their performances and we're not convinced they'll be able to grind out a result like they did against Fulham.

With that said, our soccer picks recommendation is to take Sunderland at +325, though making a wager on a draw at +250 isn't too bad idea of an idea either.

Soccer Pick: Sunderland 2 Tottenham 1

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