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Score draw looks the call as Black Cats meet Spurs

| 07.04.2012

A meeting of two exciting, attacking sides occurs on Saturday, as 7/4 chances Sunderland hope to follow up their impressive point away to Manchester City with victory at home to Tottenham.

Visiting Spurs have picked up from a run of patchy form over the past few weeks, beating Bolton to progress to the FA Cup semi-final, before conquering Swansea in league competition on Sunday, and they are 13/10 for a seventh away win of the season.

However, the draw looks most likely here, with either side in decent recent form, and 9/4 is an appealing price about the stalemate.

What may also tempt punters to get behind this outcome is the fact that Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland have drawn four times on their own patch this season, whilst Tottenham have drawn the same amount of games on the road this term too.

A stalemate would be a satisfactory result for either side, as Sunderland aim for a Europa League spot that seemed unthinkable early in the season, whilst Spurs are big favourites to finish in a top four berth.

Three of Sunderland’s past seven matches have ended level too, with the most regularly-occurring scoreline in that time being 1-1, which has occurred on two occasions.

With that scoreline also being the most popular in recent clashes with Spurs, taking place in the last three encounters between the sides that have ended draws, it may be worth investing in the 11/2 for a 1-1 draw here as well.

Goals would appear to be a certainty, with free-scoring Tottenham’s 56-goal haul trumped by only three Premier League teams this season, and the Black Cats scoring significantly more times on their own turf.

In light of this, the entertaining sides could breach each other’s defence on more than just the one occasion, and so it could also be worth covering your bases by also backing the 2-2 draw at 12/1.



John Klee