Sunderland travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday searching for their first away win of the season and to pour more misery on under-fire Spurs boss George Graham.
Graham was given the dreaded vote of confidence from his chairman Alan Sugar earlier this week, but unless Spurs' results drastically improve then Graham's tenure may soon be coming to an end.
The north Londoners have lost four out of their last five matches, but will be hoping to make home advantage count, where they have only dropped two points all season.
Sunderland are looking to extend their tremendous defensive record, which has seen them keep four consecutive clean sheets and they could set a club record in the Premiership if Thomas Sorensen has another shut-out.
Sunderland's defensive stats make far more impressive reading than Spurs. They have recorded a 74% tackle success rate and only conceded 0.82 goals per game. It may be argued that this is due to the fine partnership of Emerson Thome and Jody Craddock at the heart of the Black Cats rearguard. The last player to beat Sorensen in the Premiership was Michael Owen in September, but unfortunately for Spurs fans with injuries to key strikers Steffen Iversen and Sergei Rebrov they lack genuine quality up-front.
Tottenham have the joint-worst shooting accuracy in the Premiership tied with Sunderland and Aston Villa on 40% and both Peter Reid's team and Spurs have similarly poor goals to shots ratio of 10%. Despite these poor attacking figures don't expect Saturday's contest to end 0-0 it's been over 20 years since a goalless draw between the two sides. SpursBET offer generous odds of 13/2 on Saturday's match ending 0-0.
In Michael Gray, Sunderland can boast the second-best crosser of the ball in the Premiership behind David Beckham and his deliveries from the left-flank could well cause Spurs' makeshift defence a few problems. Gray has delivered 24 successful crosses, but so far he only has one goal assist to his name this season.
One player who will come face to face with Gray on Saturday, will be Tottenham right-back Steve Carr who is the club's most consistent performer and despite speculation surrounding his future, his crossing stats rival Gray's and he is one of the best dribblers in the Premiership completing 13 successful sorties this term.
While Saturday's fixture at White Hart Lane may not be the most attractive match in the Premiership at the weekend, expect the pressure to ease a little on Graham, if Spurs can record their fifth Premiership win of the season.