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Saturday, October 30, 1999 Published at 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK

Spurs look to turn out Light

Peter Reid has transformed Sunderland into one of the Premiership's top teams

Two of the Premiership's surprise early-season successes meet on Sunday, as Tottenham travel to the Stadium of Light for the first time.

Sunderland need victory to continue their excellent recent from, which has seen them go eight matches without defeat.

When Peter Reid's team crashed 4-0 to Chelsea on the first day of the season, the critics were in no doubt that it signalled a long struggle for the north-easterners.

But they have turned their fortunes around in superb style and are now one of the teams to beat in the division.

And England international Michael Gray believes Sunderland can continue their run.

"People maybe looked at the Chelsea game when we lost 4-0 and wondered what kind of season this was going to be for us, but the mood in our camp was just that we had to bounce straight back," Gray said.

[ image: Chris Armstrong: Major doubt for Tottenham]
Chris Armstrong: Major doubt for Tottenham
"We've certainly done that and, all credit to the lads, we've been superb since then and we've worked our socks off and turned ourselves into a very difficult team to play against."

Spurs will discover on their first visit to the Stadium of Light that the intimidating atmosphere makes Sunderland extremely difficult to overcome.

But George Graham's side are also putting together an impressive run and will be looking to build on successive victories over Derby, Manchester United and Kaiserslautern.

Chris Armstrong is still the main injury doubt for Tottenham.

The striker has missed the last two matches with an ankle injury, leaving Steffen Iversen as a lone front man supported by a five-man midfield, and Graham will have to continue with that formation if Armstrong misses out.

Sunderland have no injury problems and will be unchanged for the fourth successive match.

Coventry v Watford

Gary Breen is on standby to return for Coventry at Highfield Road.

The defender has resumed full training after injuring a knee and could get his chance, with regular right-back Marc Edworthy still under treatment for knee and ankle injuries.

Bosnian centre-back Mo Konjic is also fit again but is unlikely to start.

David Burrows is serving a four-match ban, and Coventry are without injured strikers Noel Whelan and John Aloisi.

Watford boss Graham Taylor has to manage without defensive trio Paul Robinson, Mark Williams and Robert Page, who are suspended, and injuries have also robbed him of Allan Smart, Tommy Mooney, Nick Wright, Peter Kennedy and Alexandre Bonnot.

Young centre-back Darren Ward stands by to make his Premiership debut.

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