With boss Andre Vilas-Boas still under heavy pressure from the board, Tottenham know that they will need to get something from their trip up north against relegation strugglers Sunderland.
Spurs picked up their first win in five games when they beat Fulham 2-1 on Wednesday and it now leaves them three points off the Champions League spots in sixth place.
visitors will be forced to make a couple of defensive changes to the squad as Jan Vertonghen joins Danny Rose on the injury list ahead of their trip to The Stadium of Light.
It means that Kyle Naughton will be drafted in to start at left back while Vlad Chirches will partner Michael Dawson in the centre of defence.
Spurs will welcome back Moussa Dembele back to the squad after recovering from a hip injury although his lack of match-fitness means that Vilas-Boas will likely start Erik Lamela upfront with the Belgian getting a spot on the bench.
Jermain Defoe will be out to end his poor run against The Black Cats for Spurs with the England international having failed to net in ten attempts in any meeting between the two sides.
For Sunderland, their season is starting to slowly improve although the 3-4 defeat to Chelsea on midweek saw The Black Cats drop back into last place and fall five points away from safety.
After giving a gutsy performance during midweek, Gus Poyet is unlikely to make any changes to their starting line-up meaning that striker Jozy Altidore will feature again after scoring his first goal for the club.
Meanwhile, a couple of the side’s more established Premier League players such as Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole having to make do with a spot on the bench for the late kick-off.
Despite starting with Jozy Altidore, boss Gus Poyet will no doubt be keen to use Steven Fletcher at some point as the Scottish striker has scored three times in his last 5 appearances against Spurs.
Tottenham will know what they have to do to pick up the three points on Saturday evening however Sunderland’s growing confidence will certainly make life difficult for the Champions League hopefuls.