Tottenham are not showing their best from the start
Last updated: September 10, 2015 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||Stadium of Light|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
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.
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 (Sunderland) : “I am hopeful Adam Johnson can return to training next week.”
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) : “I look at our squad and I know we have worked well to shape it.”
|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|
|Tottenham (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Chadli, Mason, Bentaleb, Kane|
|Subs||Alli, Pritchard, Davies, Vorm, Lamela, Eriksen, Trippier.|
|John O’Shea this season|
|Games||Minutes||Clearances (per game)||Tackles (per game)||Interceptions (per game)||Fouls||Yellows||Reds|
|Harry Kane this season|
|Games||Minutes||Goals||Shots per game||Assists||MotM||Yellows||Reds|
So far this season
|Sunderland this season||Tottenham this season|
|0 (0)||(at home) Wins (away)||0 (0)|
|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|
|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′|