Spurs face a potentially tough trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland and are a top priced 2.15 with William Hill to come away with all three points.

The stats are mixed as far as the Lilywhites are concerned.

They have won just one of their last seven Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light (W1 D3 L3), but the home side have won just one of their last seven games with them in the top flight (W1 D3 L3).

However Andre Villas-Boas’ side are the only Premier League team to score in every away game this season and come into this having kept clean sheets in the last three games.

That suggests that they are worth a wager at 3.5 with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power to win to nil – despite the fact that the Black Cats come into this having registered a shock 1-0 win over Man City.

Jermain Defoe has scored 10 and assisted two goals in 18 starts this season and once gain heads the betting in the first goalscorer market at 6.5 with Coral.

That looks a fair price, but the each-way value surely has to be Gareth Bale at the 8 on offer with Coral and William Hill.

The Welshman has equalled his best-ever goals total in a Premier League season (nine; set in 2011-12) in only 16 appearances and scored a hat-trick in Spurs’ 4-0 drubbing of Aston Villa on Boxing day.

Spurs to win 2-0 is my idea of the outcome, and that scoreline can be backed at 10 with Coral and William Hill.

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