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The Gaffer Against...Spurs

Sunderland face the tricky task of visiting in-form Tottenham on Sunday looking for a first league win of the season. Ahead of the game, we look at David Moyes' record against Spurs.

The History

David Moyes has faced Spurs 25 times in his career. His record stands at seven wins, seven draws, and eleven defeats, averaging 1.12 points per game.

Games between Spurs and Moyes' sides have typically been low scoring affairs. Spurs have scored 39 goals against Moyes' sides, averaging 1.56 per game, while Moyes' sides have scored 31, averaging 1.24 per game. In fact, the biggest scoring deficit in games between the two since 2005 has been just two goals. More often than not, just one goal has separated the sides.

Moyes endured a tough start to his career against Spurs. After a 2-2 draw on the opening day of the 2002/2003 season, he won just two of his next nine games, losing seven. Since then, he has won more games than he has lost against them, although he is without a victory in three games against the North Londoners. Will Sunday be the time to change that?

Highlight: Premier League: Everton 2: 1 Tottenham (9/12/2012)

Heading into injury time, Everton were trailing to a 76th minute Clint Dempsey strike. Spurs thought that they'd put in a perfect away performance, having soaked up Everton's pressure before hitting on a rare counter attack. Everton were arguably lucky to still be in the game, with Tim Howard's crossbar denying Gylfi Sigurdsson and Spurs a 2-0 lead. But the hosts rallied, and Steven Pienaar headed a Seamus Coleman cross past Hugo Lloris to level the score as the game headed into added time. With barely any time to comprehend what had happened, Everton struck again through Nikica Jelavić, sending Goodison Park into raptures and giving Moyes a first win in five games.

Lowlight: Premier League: Tottenham 5:2 Everton (1/1/2005)

Everton had started the season strongly, winning 12 of their 20 games and sitting in 4th place. Their opponents were in a decent run of form themselves, having won four of their last five games. You might have expected that the game would be a close encounter, then. You'd be wrong. Moyes' side were blown away by Spurs, who took the lead when Dean Marney capitalised on a defensive mix-up at the heart of the Everton defence. Reto Ziegler added a quick second before Tim Cahill pulled one back, but goals from Pedro Mendes and Robbie Keane and a second Marney effort consigned the Toffees to back-to-back defeats for the first time that season. James McFadden scored a consolation goal three minutes from time as Everton extended their winless run at White Hart Lane to twenty years.

Last Five (2 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat)

Premier League: Manchester United 1:2 Tottenham (1/1/2014)

Premier League: Tottenham 2:2 Manchester United (1/12/2013)

Premier League: Tottenham 2:2 Everton (7/4/2013)

Premier League: Everton 2:1 Tottenham (9/12/2012)

Premier League: Everton 1:0 Tottenham (10/3/2012)

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