Will Spurs be too hot for Sunderland to Handle?

Last updated: September 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4.30
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
Home form: DWDW
Away form: LLDL
Last season: Tottenham 4 – 1 Sunderland
Competition: The Premier League

An emphatic 4-0 victory against Stoke last week looked to have marked the occasion in which Tottenham had found their feet this season. But a midweek loss at home to Monaco in their return to the Champions League once again suggests the team might not yet have found their flow. Despite not playing their best consistently, Tottenham currently sit comfortably in 5th and are undefeated in the league. Sunderland on the other hand have had a torrid start to the season. New manager David Moyes certainly hasn’t had the sort of return to the Premiership he would have wished for. Languishing in 19th position with just 1 point from a possible 12, it looks like it could be another long and difficult season for the Black Cats.

Despite the midweek loss, Tottenham will be confident heading into the match. Spurs scored freely in their last match up and Sunderland are without a clean sheet yet. Harry Kane finally found the back of the net and will be confident of adding to his tally. Spurs have a new found depth to their team too. Son Heung-min started against Stoke and marked the occasion with 2 goals. It would appear he will retain his place, as Pochettino will look to field an attacking outfit. Victor Wanyama looks most likely to miss out due to this, as Pochettino may feel one defensive midfielder – Eric Dier – is enough cover, with Deli Alli playing a little deeper. Spurs have scored at least once in all of the fixtures so far this term and with the team at full strength, that trend looks set to continue.

Up north however, things are not quite so rosy. With just 3 goals and 1 point from 4 matches, Sunderland find themselves joint bottom of the table alongside Stoke. David Moye’s men will certainly be fearing a repeat of last week’s result against Everton. A 3-0 defeat could have been even heavier if Everton had converted more of the chances, while Sunderland never really looked like scoring. Goals have been fairly hard to come by, but it’s in defence where the main problems lie. Without a clean sheet, the defence must tighten up quickly if it’s to stop a creative and dangerous Tottenham attack. Jan Kirchoff has been the only shining light of the defensive unit, with the defensive midfielder putting in a strong showing on his return. Moyes will also be looking to summer loan signing Adnan Januzaj to create chances up front, as well as to the goals of Jermaine Defoe, which will be essential if Sunderland are to take anything from this match.

Team News

Victor Wanyama dropped to the bench midweek as Deli Alli moved deeper in midfield, while Son Heung-min retained his place up front. Pochettino will have to make a decision on whether the South Korean will retain his place again.

Danny Rose is expected to miss out again, which means Ben Davies will fill in at left back. Pochettino was prone to rotating his full backs after European fixtures last season. It’s possible that Kieran Trippier could replace Kyle Walker then, but with Walker in such excellent form, the manager may be hesitant to do so.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Sunderland, though Moyes may be looking to change things after a run of bad results. Wahbi Khazri made an appearance off the bench and he should soon find a way into the starting 11.

With defensive frailties the biggest issue for Sunderland, the backline could see a shake-up. Belgian international and summer signing Jason Denayer could force a way into the back line as Moyes looks to tighten things up.

Expected line-ups:

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Alli, Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Lamela, Kane
Subs Janssen, Wanyama, Vorm, Trippier, Sissoko, Winks, Carter-Vickers
Doubtful: Rose
Not available:
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Manquillo, Kone, Djilobodji, van Aanholt, Watmore, Rodwell, Kirchoff, Gooch, Januzaj, Defoe
Subs Denayer, Khazri, Mika, O’Shea, Ndong, McNair, Love
Injured: Mannone, Borini
Doubtful: Jones, Cattermole, Larsson, Anichebe
Not available:

So far this season

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Tottenham this season Sunderland this season
5th League Position 19th
1 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 0 (0)
4-0 vs. Stoke Biggest win
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 0 (1)
Biggest Defeat 0 – 3 vs. Everton
Son Heung-min (2) Top scorer Jermaine Defoe (2)
Christian Eriksen (2) Assist Leader Jack Rodwell, Duncan Watmore (1)
Y8, R0 Discipline Y6, R0
0 Failures to score 1
2 Clean Sheets 0
2 Both Teams to Score Games 3
1 Over 2.5 Games 3
3 Under 2.5 Games 1
  • Tottenham’s unbeaten run continues after thrashing Stoke City 4-0 last weekend. Harry Kane finally got on the score sheet, which hints that he’ll be scoring plenty more in the coming weeks.
  • Sunderland’s miserable start to the season continued last week after a loss to Everton. Despite the lack of clean sheets, the team are producing goals, with just 1 failure to score. Jermaine Defoe will be looking to add to his goal tally, but this will be difficult against the Spurs defence.
  • Last week also marked the first clean sheet of the season for Spurs. An impressive performance by Kyle Walker – and a steady job by Davies filling in for the injured Danny Rose – meant Spurs looked at ease at the back.
  • 75% of Sunderland’s matches so far this season have featured over 2.5 goals. Although this is largely due to the amount of goals they are conceeding, rather than scoring. Despite scoring in 3 of the 4 matches, the Black Cats are yet to manage more than 1 goal in a game.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
16.01.2016 Premier League Tottenham 4 – 1 Sunderland van Aanholt 40′
13.09.2015 Premier League Sunderland 0 – 1 Tottenham Mason 82′
17.01.2015 Premier League Tottenham 2 – 1 Sunderland O’Shea (OG) 3′
13.09.2014 Premier League Sunderland 2 – 2 Tottenham Chadli 2′
07.04.2014 Premier League Tottenham 5 – 1 Sunderland Adebayor 28′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Tottenham are big favourites heading into this match, priced around 1.3 at most bookies. We must look elsewhere for value then, but over 2.5 goals is still not really worth our attention, priced around 1.65. Harry Kane to be an anytime goal scorer is slightly higher, but I’d fancy looking at a win/both teams to score option. At bet365 you can get Spurs to win with both teams to score at 3.10 and Spurs to win without both teams scoring at evens.