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Tottenham Hotspur host Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino's men look to dispel their disappointment from last weekend's loss to Crystal Palace.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day from 10:30pm GMT on BBC One.

Overview

Tottenham are currently sixth in the table, three points behind a top-four spot and two behind Arsenal who leapfrogged them following their convincing 3-0 win over Stoke City during the weekend.

Pochettino will be disconcerted by Tottenham's failure to beat Palace having put in an industrious performance against Chelsea on New Year's Day, winning the game 5-3 and gaining fruition coming into the business end of the season.

Pochettino will be hoping that they will manage to take full points from this game, especially with Arsenal travelling to Manchester City and Manchester United faced with a tough trip to Queens Park Rangers.

Meanwhile, Sunderland will be boosted by the presence of Jermain Defoe who has been procured on loan from the MLS. The Black Cats have struggled to make an impact this season and Gus Poyet will be hoping that his fortunes turn around soon especially with a plethora of managerial changes happening around him.

Sunderland have taken only two points in their last four games, losing to Liverpool and Manchester City in the process.

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What Managers Say

Mauricio Pochettino: "Maybe it's a tough period for Roberto. He needs to feel our support in that difficult moment. We need to back him and give him the chance to come back. Torres scored twice and it's a good situation to recover his confidence in his game. In football, mind and body and fitness and physical condition are all involved together."

Gus Poyet: "We need to adapt to Jermain and we'll try to change. We're going to develop something different. In the past we found it easier to be organised with one striker up front and the other working hard out wide.. Now it's a big possibility we'll start playing with two up front. There are plenty of things we could do differently. It could be a typical English 4-4-2, it could be a diamond or it could be five at the back, like Liverpool had with [Luis] Suárez and [Daniel] Sturridge up front."

Betting Odds

  • Tottenham Win: 10/17
  • Draw: 31/10
  • Sunderland Win: 94/19

Team News

Tottenham

Possible XI: Lloris; Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Stambouli; Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend; Kane

Sunderland

Possible XI: Pantilimon; Vergini, Brown, O'Shea, Van Aanholt; Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez; Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher