Sunderland vs Tottenham – Preview


Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is set to make his first Premier League appearance of the season on Sunday after completing a domestic suspension.

Left-back Danny Rose remains out because of a hamstring injury.

Sunderland pair Lee Cattermole and Steven Pienaar are back in training after injuries and could be involved.

Billy Jones and Victor Anichebe are not yet fit enough to return, while Fabio Borini, Sebastian Larsson and Vito Mannone are long-term absentees.


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “It’s true that after Wednesday I am thinking about rotating the team a bit.

“We’ll see what happens tomorrow when we assess all the players and take the best decision for the team.”

Sunderland manager David Moyes: “I’m certainly up for the challenge – that’s what I came for. When I wanted to come back in, I wanted somewhere that excited me – I’d like to say this was really exciting, but maybe not in the way I hoped!

“But there has to be a realistic element to this. There is a building job and we are up against it, undoubtedly.

“But we have got a great chance to prove ourselves and we have got a great chance to show what we can do.”



  • Tottenham are unbeaten in 12 league games against Sunderland since a defeat in April 2010 (W9, D3).
  • Sunderland have lost 13 of 15 away games at White Hart Lane in the Premier League (W1, D1).
  • The last Sunderland goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at White Hart Lane in any competition was Chris Turner in September 1980 – they have conceded 49 goals in 22 subsequent games.


  • Spurs could go unbeaten in their opening five league matches of a season for the first time in 12 years.
  • Harry Kane ended a run of 567 minutes without a Premier League goal when he scored against Stoke last weekend.
  • Son Heung-min has scored four goals in his last four league appearances.
  • Since the start of last season only Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil (19) has provided more assists in the top flight than Christian Eriksen (15).
  • Eriksen has scored in all four of his Premier League appearances against Sunderland.


  • Sunderland haven’t won any of their last 23 Premier League matches played in August or September (D9, L14).
  • Their league record in September since 2013 is: LLLDDDLLLL.
  • The Black Cats have taken five Premier League penalties against Tottenham, but scored just one.
  • They have averaged 34.8% possession in their opening four matches, the lowest percentage in the Premier League.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored in six successive Premier League away games, second only to Robin van Persie’s run of scoring in nine away appearances in a row for Arsenal in 2010-11.
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