Updated: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:26:43 GMT

Tottenham v Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from their 4-0 humbling to Liverpool when they host struggling Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Monday evening.


Tottenham v Sunderland

Tottenham v Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from their 4-0 humbling to Liverpool when they host struggling Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Monday evening.

Spurs were expected to offer some resistance to the Reds' title charge but were swept aside with ease at Anfield on Sunday.

Manager Tim Sherwood would have been disappointed with his side's showing and the north Londeners will be expected to bounce back against the relegation-threatened Black Cats.

They will need an upturn in form, however, winning just one of their last five outings in all competition, a spectacular 3-2 comeback triumph over Southampton a fortnight ago.

Spurs will be boosted by the return of Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been struggling with a cut on his heel, and the striker is expected to return to the starting line-up.

Sherwood also confirmed that midfielder Paulinho and defender Vlad Chiriches are back in contention, though Roberto Soldado and Jan Vertonghen are new injury concerns.

Kyle Walker, Erik Lamela and Etienne Capoue remain sidelined.

Sunderland, meanwhile, have not won a game in their last seven outings in all competitions and are currently in 19th position, just a point off the foot of the table albeit with two games in hand.

They fell agonisingly short of a comeback in their 2-1 reverse to West Ham at the weekend, with Adam Johnson coming off the bench to make for a tense finish to the game.

In team news, Steven Fletcher remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury, while Kieren Westwood is no closer to a return from his shoulder injury.

Spurs have been victorious in five of the last seven meetings between the two sides, although interestingly have never held the lead at half time.

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