Stadium of Light
September 13, 2014 13:00 PM GMT
Premier League is back and after the International break, players’ return to their club duties with most of them having had good runs. Managers will hope their form will carry on and take their respective clubs forward in their upcoming League fixtures.
With three games down, Sunderland have performed poorly to scrape two points in two games (West Brom and Manchester United) and lost to newly promoted QPR. They are yet to find their first victory. Tottenham on the other hand have had somewhat of a good run. With two wins and one loss are now in 6th and will be expecting to add another 3 points to their tally.
Tactics and line-ups
Gus Poyet and his men look to get the party started by bringing home their first victory in the league and also will look to exact revenge for their loss against Tottenham in the same fixture last season. The former Tottenham assistant coach will look to take advantage of Spurs who come away from home after letting slip 3 past Liverpool.
The manager will look to play former Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone in goal. The large Italian has looked very reliable for his side only to be let down by a few defensive errors and will pose a challenge for the Spurs strike force. The former Man United duo Wes Brown and John O’Shea will make up the central defense while loanee Vergini will play on the right and Patrick Van Aanholt on the left.
Lee Cattermole has been the heart and soul of the Black Cats Midfield. Playing as a defensive mid, Cattermole has the ability to slide in and break up plays every time the opponents have had possession. He plays in a deep role and almost doubles as an extra center back. Sebastian Larsson and Jack Rodwell will make up central Midfield. Rodwell always a hard worker scored his first Premier League goal of this season against United and will look to up his tally whilst the veteran Larsson who is a wizard with his free kicks will be a threat to Londoners. Adam Johnson, the left footed Manchester City reject will look to unleash his lethal left foot playing as a reverse winger on the right whilst Ricky Alvarez on loan from Inter Milan will bring in some much needed urgency into Sunderland’s stlye of play.
Steven Fletcher, the Scottish striker will play lone striker in Sunderlands 4-1-4-1 Formation as he looks to tidy up the crosses and rebounds delivered by the Black cat’s midfield.
Mauricio Pochettino has stated that he expects his team to improve and learn from their mistakes against Liverpool. With an almost full strength squad and two new signings available for a pick, Tottenham will look to steam-roll their opponent and make it 3 wins in 4 games so as to return to winning ways.
Hugo Lloris will undoubtedly start at goal for Tottenham and will try to ensure he keeps another clean sheet for the team. Vertonghen and Kaboul will try to correct their errors against Liverpool and look to remain solid against a weaker yet threatening Sunderland attack. To assist them, the English youngster Eric Dier will play right-back, who seems to have permanently stolen the now injured Kyle Walker’s spot. Rose who was removed last game due to a small injury was seen fully fit and part of the English squad and will look to start on the left. However, Ben Davies is also an option for Pochettino, who he bought specifically for the left side of Defense.
Nabil Bentaleb has been extremely consistent for Tottenham in the middle of the park and will definitely feature in his 4th start this season. If rumors are to be believed, Benjamin Stambouli will be handed his first start as the manager looks to rest the large Frenchman (Capoue) who has been extremely good at the defensive midfield role. With Sandro now out, Tottenham will look to Stambouli for his dual ability to play swift and precise long balls as well as act as a breaker of fluid play by the opponent.
The attack will be consisted of three attacking midfielders and one lone striker. Lamela will be on the right having enjoyed the position for the last three games and also will be on a high after having scored for Argentina during the International games. Eriksen will look to inject some spark into the Tottenham attack after being a shadow of himself as compared to his former self from last season. Chadli who has looked a shade better than the two wingers Townsend and Lennon will be offered a start on the left. Emmanuel Adebayor is yet Tottenham’s best striker and will look to prove to his new manager that Tottenham needn’t look for a new striker anymore.
- This will be John O’Shea’s 100th game for Sunderland
- The last time Sunderland beat Tottenham was in the 2009-10 season
- Tottenham’s 5-1 victory last season was their highest ever victory against Sunderland
- Tottenham have won 42 of the total 104 games against the Black Cats
Player to Watch Out For
Lamela has suddenly turned from the worst signing of the season to the hero of the club. He looks settled with his teammates and the league and his confidence on the ball is noticeable by the way he toys around with it under his feet. He will look to bag more assists and will look to be a troublesome visitor for Mannone and his defenders with his thunderous left-foot. Lamela will be the player to watch and will be a definite man of the match in this fixture.
Sunderland 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham have destroyed Sunderland in their last two fixtures with a 5-1 home and a 2-1 away victory. This run against them is likely to be extended as the team looks a lot more united and fluid under the helm of Pochettino and will be a lot for Sunderland to handle. This will be a game with a lot of goals and will have Spurs come back from a deficit to take home all three points.