Martin O’Neill may have felt aggrieved to have not walked away from the Etihad Stadium with all three points in hand last weekend but the manager will get another chance to shock over top four opponents when his side play hosts to Tottenham this weekend, as Paddy Power offer attractive odds on the Black Cats to take all three points at the Stadium of Light.
O Neil’s side were 3-1 up against the Citizens for a time during the game and were close to completing the double over Roberto Mancini’s side this season but a brace of ranged strikes courtesy of Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov meant that Sunderland were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw.
O’Neill said that the result “felt like a defeat” but given that the draw means Sunderland are the first team to take points off of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this season, there are still major positives to take from last weekend’s game.
Sunderland have also looked majorly impressive when performing with the advantage since the Northern Irishman too over at the helm of the club, dropping just five points at the Stadium of Light since the start of December.
One player contributing to that statistic in recent games is Nicklas Bendtner, who is enjoying some of the more prolific form of his career to date, scoring four goals in his last five outings.
The Dane is set to lead the attacking line once again, with the backing of Stephane Sessegnon, who was magnificent against City providing assists for two of their goals.
O’Neill may welcome Frazier Campbell back into the fold however, with the England striker set to return to fitness following a knee injury along with Lee Cattermole, John O’Shea and Kieran Richardson, who have all been out for short periods.
Harry Redknapp still has plenty of injuries to worry about and isn’t likely to welcome any players back from injury but will be hoping his available stars will be sufficient to earn the win that could see them that much closer to securing Champions League for next campaign.
Spurs haven’t been nearly as impressive going forward away from home as they have at White Hart Lane, however Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart were both in superb form in last weekend’s win over Swansea and will pose considerable threats to the Sunderland back line this weekend.