Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from their midweek disappointment in the Champions League against David Moyes’ Sunderland on Sunday afternoon. Spurs lost the opening fixture of their Champions League campaign against Monaco in front of a record breaking crowd at Wembley Stadium. Sunderland also lost on Monday night against a revived Everton side as Romelu Lukaku notched a hat-trick to drown the Black Cats.
Tale of The Tape:
Spurs beat Sunderland home and away last season in the Premier League. We picked up our first win of last season at The Stadium of Light where Ryan Mason’s second half goal was enough to win us the three points away from home. At White Hart Lane, we emphatically overcame Sunderland 4-1 despite the early worry when Patrick van Aanholt put Sunderland 1-0 up in North London. Goals from Christian Eriksen (2), Mousa Dembele and a penalty from Harry Kane gave Spurs all three points on the day.
Sunderland have only won three games away from home last season – something that Spurs will look to take full advantage of on Sunday afternoon. Despite late season heroics from Defoe and co, Sunderland managed to leak goals at the back all season on their travels as they conceded 42 goals. Spurs however conceded 38 goals throughout the whole of last season – a joint record shared with Manchester United.
Tottenham will definitely look to test Sunderland’s defence as the Black Cats have conceded eight goals in their last four league games – Spurs are yet to concede a goal from open play in the league this season.
Spurs remain without Danny Rose as Pochettino revealed in his pre-match press conference that the left back is recovering well, but still not quite fit enough to be available for selection yet. On the bright side, Mousa Dembele is back from his six game suspension that he picked up from the back end of last season and was a second half substitute in midweek – he is likely to start on Sunday.
Sunderland have quite a few injuries on their books. Jones, Borini, Mannone and Anichebe remain sidelined for the Black Cats and are still quite a way off full fitness. Sunderland are likely to play with a similar team to the one that featured against Everton on Monday night with former Spurs man Jermain Defoe leading their line.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Harry Kane
Predicted Sunderland XI:
Jordan Pickford, Javier Manquillo, Lamine Kone, Papy Djilobodji, Patrick van Aanholt, Jan Kirchhoff, Lee Cattermole, Jack Rodwell, Adnan Januzaj, Jermain Defoe, Steven Pienaar
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Sunderland