Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland

Tottenham (from): Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Huddlestone, Holtby, Livermore, Dembele, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Bale, Lennon, Adebayor, Defoe.

DEFENDER Benoit Assou-Ekotto has recovered from a knee injury and is available for Tottenham’s crunch clash against Sunderland on Sunday.

The Cameroon international sat out last weekend’s win at Stoke, but has trained with the team this week and could come back into his usual left-back position. Long-term absentees Sandro (knee), Younes Kaboul (thigh) and William Gallas (calf) are unavailable.

Tottenham (from): Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Huddlestone, Holtby, Livermore, Dembele, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Bale, Lennon, Adebayor, Defoe.

SUNDERLAND boss Paolo Di Canio will need to plug the hole left by loan signing Danny Rose. The England Under-21 international left-back is ineligible to play against his parent club. He returned to Spurs after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, and midfielder Jack Colback seems the most likely man to fill in. Striker Stephane Sessegnon completes his three-match ban while suspended midfielder Craig Gardner sits out the second game of his lay-off.

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Marrs, O’Shea, Cuellar, Kilgallon, Bramble, Mangane, N’Diaye, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Graham, Wickham, Mandron, Laidler.

Last season: Sunderland 0 Tottenham 0, Tottenham 1 Sunderland 0

Last five league matches: Tottenham W D W D W; Sunderland W W L D D

Top scorers (all club competitions): Gareth Bale (Tottenham) 25; Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) 11

Match odds: H 2-7 A 9-1 D 9-2

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

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