Tottenham vs Sunderland by Luke
Tottenham looked really well in their previous Premier League match last weekend away to Stoke City, as the Spurs looked way more dominant and had all control over the game, taking impressive 4:0 victory in the end. Heung-Min showed decent form scoring two goals, while Alli and Kane added one each for the three pointer.
After this victory, the team has 2-2-0 record and is just below the European positions, being however already seven points below leaders from Citizens (a game less played as well), so the team is, without any doubt, in a must win situation here. Apart from that, they suffered a bit surprising defeat in Champions League opener against Monaco 1:2 at home few days ago, paying the price of enter the game too passive, even though they looked as a better side later on.
Hosts should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Kane as central striker. His offensive midfielders and offensive help should be Eriksen and Lamela on the wings and Alli set as central offensive midfielder. Left back Danny Rose (3/1) needs another week in order to recover, so Ben Davis will keep his position in the starting lineup. Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen are pushing for a start as well.
Sunderland showed very little impressive or positive things so far in the season and the team will have serious problems staying in the league this season in case they don't improve during it. After four rounds played, they share the rock bottom position together with Stoke, having earned only one point so far.
In the most recent game, they lost at home against Everton 0:3, being too passive during the whole match, but were able to hold onto the draw for about an hour. However, players of Everton, or to be more precise, Lukaku needed only eleven minutes to seal the victory, with three goals from 60th to 71st minute, while the hosts from Sunderland had no way to respond further on.
Visitors from Sunderland will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Januzaj and Watmore on the wings and Defoe as number nine and central striker. Guests will miss central midfielder Sebastian Larsson, goalkeeper Vito Mannone (2/0), forward Fabio Borini (2/0) and left back Billy Jones through injury. Forward Victor Anichebe is still missing some fitness, as well as midfielders Steven Pienaar (2/0) and Lee Cattermole (0/0).
- Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Sunderland.
Tottenham slipped in their Champions League game and will be looking to bounce back with much better performance this evening. They couldn't wish for much better opponent since the visitors are at the bottom of the table and actually deserve to be there having in mind their performances so far. Spurs should get a convincing victory here without getting into the problems in latter phases of the game.