Tottenham are not showing their best from the start

Last updated: September 10, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 1:30pm
Venue: Stadium of Light
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWDLL
Away form: DDDLW
Last season: 2-2
Referee: Pawson
Competition: Premier League

The Spurs haven’t been performing at the top level so far, they lost on the opening day (0-1 to Manchester United) and drew three times in a row. The most disappointing match for them was the game against Stoke City, when Tottenham lead early 2-0 and then finished 2-2, as Stoke equalized late in the match.

Harry Kane is not on his best form. He hasn’t scored a goal since May. It’s obvious that Tottenham’s forwards are not playing well, having scored just three goals on aggregate.

Kyle Walker is the other one, who needs to improve his performance. The right back scored an own goal on the opening day against United and kept making silly mistakes in the team’s next three games.

On the other hand, Sunderland have problems in defense. The Black Cats have conceded 10 goals in 4 matches, which is the league’s worst record this season. Their new signing Adam Matthews, who came from Celtic, was ruled out through injury and missed the last four games. This affected the team’s performance in defense.

If Sunderland manager, Dick Advocaat, wants his team to stay in The Premier League, he must change his tactics. It is not only about defense, it’s about the team’s resolve when Sunderland are a goal down.

Team News

Adam Matthews (Sunderland) suffers from an ankle injury and won’t be in the squad for the game.

Adam Johnson, who is another key player for Sunderland is also injured and surely won’t be available for the next game.

Townsend is the only Tottenham player who is not available for this game. The midfielder will miss the match due to an ankle injury.

Christian Eriksen has now recovered from his knee injury and is likely to be in the squad.

Quotes of the week

dick advocaat's stern look Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) : “I am hopeful Adam Johnson can return to training next week.”

Mauricio Pochettino coach Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) : “I look at our squad and I know we have worked well to shape it.”

Expected line-ups:

Sunderland (4-3-3): Pantilimon, Kaboul, O’Shea, Jones, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Rodwell, M’Vila, Defoe, Graham.
Subs Mannone, Watmore, Gooch, Larsson, Fletcher, Toivonen, Coates
Injured: Matthews, Johnson
Not available:
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Chadli, Mason, Bentaleb, Kane
Subs Alli, Pritchard, Davies, Vorm, Lamela, Eriksen, Trippier.
Injured: Townsend
Not available:

Key Battle

john oshea John O’Shea this season
Games Minutes Clearances (per game) Tackles (per game) Interceptions (per game) Fouls Yellows Reds
2 180 7,5 0,5 1,5 1 0 0
harry kane Harry Kane this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 334 0 0 0 0 0 0

So far this season

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Sunderland this season Tottenham this season
20 League Position 16
0 (0) (at home) Wins (away) 0 (0)
Biggest win
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (1)
2-4 to Leicester Biggest Defeat 0-1 to Manchester United
Defoe (2) Top scorer Alli (1), Dier (1), Chadli (1)
Lens (2) Assist Leader Davies (1), Eriksen (1), Chadli (1)
Y10, R0 Discipline Y13, R0
0 Failures to score 2
0 Clean Sheets 1
4 Both Teams to Score Games 2
3 Over 2.5 Games 1
1 Under 2.5 Games 3
  • In the first four Premiership games Sunderland have recorded 2 draws and 2 defeats. Tottenham have had 3 draws and 1 defeat, so both teams are still looking for their first victory of the season in The Premier League.
  • The last meeting between the sides ended with a 2-1 home victory for Tottenham. Eriksen’s late goal secured the points for The Spurs.
  • Sunderland hasn’t won at home against Tottenham since 3 April 2010, when The Black Cats won 3-1. Darren Bent scored in the first minute of the match. Then he repeated the exercise 30 minutes later to give Sunderland a comfortable lead.
  • There are 103 competitive games between the sides. Sunderland has won 35 of them. There have been 28 draws and Tottenham have recorded 40 victories.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
17.01.15 Premier League Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland O’Shea (OG) 3′
13.09.14 Premier League Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham Chadli 2′
07.04.14 Premier League Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland Cattermole 17′
07.12.13 Premier League Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham Johnson 37′
19.05.13 Premier League Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland Bale 89′