Sbragia: Home form holds the key
Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia is targeting a minimum four points from the club's next two Premier League games as the Wearsiders seek to ensure their top-flight survival.
They face Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on Saturday before taking on Wigan Athletic at home seven days later, and with the club still only four points above the relegation zone Sbragia knows home form will be vital.
"We need to be unbeaten from the two home games," Sbragia told the club's official website. "It would be nice to get six points but we would settle for four if we have an off-day in one of them.
"Things remain tight in the league and we need to win our home games, it's a big fortnight for us. We took a point from games at Arsenal and Liverpool and you would take that all the time, now we need to kick on.
"Spurs have a good squad and they shouldn't really be in this position. But they are because they haven't won enough games; it shows that it's not easy in the Premier League."
Sunderland are set to revert to a 4-4-2 formation against Spurs, with Djibril Cisse - who missed out on a return to Anfield in midweek - expected to return to the side alongside Kenwyne Jones.
Tottenham should be high on confidence after a 4-0 win over Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
Aaron Lennon's two goals against Boro took them to 13th in the table and they could be in the top half if they win their game in hand at the weekend.
That would put them five points behind seventh place, which would be enough for the Europa League if a top-six team wins the FA Cup in May.
"We know we shouldn't be in this position with the players we have at the club," Lennon added.
"It's just a pity the way we started, it killed us really.
"But there are still 10 games to go and we could still kick on. If we could get seventh it would be unbelievable but the main thing is to keep in the league."