It all Ad-s up at the Lane

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: April 7 2014, 20:00 BST

Our Andy Schooler is backing Emmanuel Adebayor to shine on his return from injury.

Emmanuel Adebayor: Returning for Tottenham
Emmanuel Adebayor: Returning for Tottenham

The Togo international is expected to be back in the Tottenham line-up when they host Sunderland on Monday night.

The Premier League game is being televised live on Sky Sports in the UK - check out our verdict below.

Tottenham v Sunderland (2000 BST)

Tottenham sit sixth in the Premier League but a negative goal difference helps tell the tale of their season so far. While able to beat the lesser sides on a fairly regular basis, when they've come up against the better teams they've been found wanting - in a big way. The latest example came at Anfield last weekend when their defence was made to look shabby at best in a 4-0 defeat. It wasn't the first time that's happened this term but, to be fair, most teams have been torn apart by the free-scoring Reds. The good news is that on Monday they come up against contrasting opposition with Sunderland's inability to put the ball in the net looking likely to cost them their place in the Premier League. They've scored just four times in their last seven games. During that time they've drawn once and lost the other six. In short, Spurs should see them off on home turf where they've beaten Southampton, Cardiff and Everton, all by single-goal margins, in recent weeks. Spurs have a better record against teams in the bottom half of the table than Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton and have shown the ability to bounce back from their previous hammerings. Some may well be tempted by them winning by one again at 27/10 - they are just 8/15 to win the game - but I'm going to go down a different route. Emmanuel Adebayor is set to return for the hosts which is another good reason to expect them to win. He's bagged 11 goals in 18 appearances since returning from Andre Villas-Boas-imposed exile. It's also worth noting that he scored a brace on four occasions during that spell. The Togo international is 5/1 to notch two again here. OK, there's a chance he's a bit rusty after his period out but he's been absent for three weeks, not three months, and certainly hit the ground running when given his chance after spending months on the bench earlier in the campaign. Sunderland's defence has conceded at least two goals in six of those aforementioned seven games so he's got every chance of getting on the scoresheet.

Verdict: Tottenham 2 Sunderland 0

Opta stats:

Tottenham have won five and lost none of the last seven Barclays Premier League games against Sunderland.

Sunderland have scored a league-high 46.4% of their Barclays Premier League goals from set pieces this season.

Tottenham have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League matches.

Tottenham have conceded the fewest headed goals in the Premier League this season (1).

Tottenham are one of only two teams not to lose a Premier League game from a winning position this season prior to this matchday (along with Man Utd).

Five of the six Premier League goals that Roberto Soldado has scored this season have been the first goal of the game.

  • Posted at 1330 BST on 05/04/2014.

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