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Monday, 30 January 2017

Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal

An important night as Spurs travel to Sunderland

The fixtures are coming quickly, an FA Cup tie on Saturday and an important Premier League game tomorrow, understandable why we and most other teams mane nine changes to their starting line-ups.

Even Championship sides were making changes to concentrate on getting into the Premier League, it is everything in domestic football now, not that an FA Cup win would go amiss.

David Moyes is having to rebuild Sunderland in the same way that he built Everton. It will take time and he is fortunate enough to have Jermain Defoe, who made his Sunderland debut against Spurs on 17 January 2015.

He left Spurs for the £90,000-a-week that Toronto offered him but lasted only 11 months there scoring 11 goals in 19 MLS games before returning to the Premier league. Last season he notched 15 goals and signed a contract until 2019. This term he has 12 goals, one less than Harry Kane and is vital to Sunderland if they are to beat the drop again.

He could well cause us problems, a small nimble striker, we'll need to be putting in a solid performance and try to cut off the supply lines.


Having had a trip to Barcelona, a bit of sunshine and relaxation, the first team will be back out and three points are again crucial to us, aren't they every week!

Personally I think there is little chance of anyone catching Chelsea, they would have to drop too many points in addition to the points other teams will also drop. We would need Liverpool to beat them if we are after the title, but would a better result for us be that Chelsea win and Liverpool get no points?

We are one point ahead of Liverpool, one point behind Arsenal, a four point gap on Liverpool, six points on City and eight on United would be healthy, even if both Manchester clubs would have a game in hand. We need to beat Sunderland first and foremost, putting in another professional performance.

In the other games:
Arsenal play Watford
Bournemouth play Crystal Palace
Burnley play Leicester City
Middlesbrough play WBA
Swansea City play Southampton

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5Manchester City22134543284315
6Manchester United22118333214112
8West Bromwich Albion229583028322
9Stoke City22778283428-6
10West Ham United228410293628-7
15Leicester City225611243721-13
17Swansea City225314265118-25
18Crystal Palace224414304116-11
19Hull City224414204716-27


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