Match Preview – Sunderland (H)

Jermain Defoe, he’s a… Sunderland player!? Tottenham come up against former striker and new Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe this weekend as the Black Cats travel to White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off: 3pm

Television Coverage: Not televised

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Tottenham are unbeaten in the last nine meetings since a 3-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light in 2010. Sunderland’s last victory at White Hart Lane was in August 2008. They have since gone five matches without a win at the Lane. The previous meeting at White Hart Lane ended 5-1 to the home side.

Last week’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace ended Tottenham’s six-match unbeaten run in the league. They are unbeaten in the last five home league games, a run that started after the 2-1 loss to Stoke City on 9 November.

Spurs have given away six penalties in the Premier League, two more than any other side in the division and one more than they conceded in the whole of last season. Christian Eriksen has scored in both of his appearances against Sunderland.

Top scorer Harry Kane has scored six goals in his last six league appearances. Kane (18) is just one behind Sergio Aguero (19) as the top scoring player in all competitions for a Premier League club this season. Chadli has provided an assist in four of his last five league appearances for Tottenham.

Opposition focus

The 1-0 defeat of Newcastle in December’s Tyne-Wear derby is Sunderland’s only victory in the last 11 Premier League games. Sunderland are this season’s Premier League draw specialists with 11 in total, six of which have ended 0-0. Only Aston Villa (11) have scored fewer Premier League goals than Sunderland (18) this season. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet played for Tottenham from 2001-04, scoring in a 4-1 Tottenham victory over Sunderland in 2003. Poyet returned to Tottenham as assistant manager to Juande Ramos, winning the League Cup in 2008. New signing Jermain Defoe has scored in every one of his debuts. And of course, he will tomorrow!

Team News

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed in his press conference on Friday that Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio and Younes Kaboul are doubts to face Sunderland. The Spurs boss confirmed also that Erik Lamela (calf) and Ryan Mason (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembélé, Veljkovic, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Score – Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland

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