Match Preview – Sunderland (A)

After what seems a lengthy International break, the Premier League is back! Tottenham travel North to face Gus Poyet’s Sunderland, in a fixture that Spurs have enjoyed over recent seasons.

Tottenham faced a disappointing defeat to Liverpool in their last competitive game before the break, and will be looking to bounce back against the Black Cats. Pochettino has ensured the fans that he is trying to introduce a new atmosphere and positivity into the side, that of which we saw against QPR at the Lane. Hopefully Spurs furthered extend their away record so for this season.

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W6, D2). Spurs scored seven goals against the Black Cats last season, more than they did against any other team. Tottenham’s last four league away wins against Sunderland have all ended 2-1.

Gus Poyet’s side have only won three of their last 14 home league games (D4, L7). They only earned 18 points at the Stadium of Light last season, the joint worst record in the top flight along with Fulham. Poyet played 98 matches for Spurs, scoring 23 goals from 2001 to 2004, and later went on to be assistant manager at White Hart Lane. Ricardo Alvarez was Inter Milan’s leading assist maker in Serie A last season with eight. John O’Shea could make his 100th appearance for Sunderland.

Spurs have the Premier League’s fifth best record this calendar year with 41 points – just one short of Arsenal in fourth. They have been shown more red cards (one) than yellow cards (0) in the Premier League this season. Etienne Capoue has completed a league-high 267 passes so far this season and has also attempted the most (301). Erik Lamela has won more free-kicks than any other Premier League player this campaign (10).

Injury news

Kyle Walker remains out of contention after continuing to recover from lower abdominal surgery. Roberto Soldado continues to be a doubt, after Pochettino confirmed he is a late risk to make the squad, however the neck issue that sidelined him against Liverpool still remains.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris; Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Capoue; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor

Score – Sunderland 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

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