Both Tottenham and Sunderland will be looking to bounce back at White Hart Lane this weekend after suffering massive disappointments last Sunday that caused both sets of supporters to dread their return to work on Monday morning.
Spurs fans would have been blushing in front of their colleagues after their team missed out on a golden opportunity to qualify for European competition next season when they lost an enthralling Worthington Cup Final to Blackburn Rovers.
Meanwhile the Mackems endured the bitter taste of defeat to fierce rivals Newcastle United in the northeast derby - the first time the Magpies had ever won at the Stadium of Light.
Former England team-mates Glenn Hoddle and Peter Reid will know the importance of their sides getting back on track this weekend with a valuable win but history is against the Wearsiders. They have not won a league game at White Hart Lane for almost 24 years and at 4/1 to break this sequence the bookies hardly give the visitors much chance of gaining a second consecutive away win, after a Niall Quinn goal ten minutes from time gave the Black Cats victory at Derby in their last outing on the road.
However while Spurs marched to that Cup Final in Cardiff and qualified for the last eight of the FA Cup, their league form has suffered as a consequence. Just two wins in the last nine has seen them slip out of contention for a European place via the Premiership, and three points against Sunderland is imperative to kick-start their season.
Opta's exclusive data reveals that the home side should have too much firepower for their visitors, with Spurs' 12% goals-to-shots ratio five percentage points better than the Black Cats figure and only relegation certainties Leicester City have scored fewer goals than Reid's side.
Consequently the under-fire boss may hand a full debut to new signing Patrick Mboma on Saturday after the striker on loan from Parma showed a few glimpses of his ability when he replaced Niall Quinn at half time in the derby game.
The powerful target man was top scorer in the recent African Nations Cup tournament and he should no be short of confidence after Cameroon took the trophy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Senegal.
Dean Richards, who missed Spurs' defeat to Blackburn last weekend as he was cup-tied, will no doubt come back into the side and give more physical presence to a defence that looked a little lightweight against Rovers and his attributes will be key against a rather direct Sunderland side, whose tally of 3,109 long passes attempted is one of the highest in the Premiership.
Saturday's game may not be the best seen at White Hart Lane this season but the likely winners will be the side showing the most character in recovering from a major set-back suffered last weekend.