Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Stadium of Light – Sunday, September 13 – 08:00 ET (13:00 BST)
Match Odds: Sunderland 3/1 – Draw 5/2 – Tottenham Hotspur 10/11
Dick Advocaat has struggled to inspire his new look Sunderland side so far this campaign and as a result they have just two points from their opening four games.
Sunderland cannot afford another relegation battle this season and Advocaat may find his position as manger under threat if results do not pick up fast.
Sunderland’s record in the Premier League: P4 W0 D2 L2Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham’s start to the season has been far from ideal and a slow start has left them well off the pace for the top four places, but there is plenty of time to improve.
Spurs’ striker Harry Kane has yet to net for the club this season and he will want to put that run to an end as soon as possible.
As well as their midfield looking overwhelmed, Spurs still look fragile at the back and will need to become stronger in defence if they are to mount a serious challenge on a top four place.
Tottenham Hotspur’s record in the Premier League: P4 W0 D3 L1Embed from Getty Images
Sunderland are without Adam Matthews, Adam Johnson and Jordi Gomez as they are all still nursing injuries. DeAndre Yedlin is ineligible to face his parent club.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembele and Andros Townsend are all doubts. Heung-Min Son could be set for his first appearance for the club after his move from Bayer Leverkusen.
Sunderland’s form: L/L/D/D
Tottenham Hotspur’s form: L/D/D/D
Key Stat: Sunderland haven’t won against Tottenham in the Premier League since April 2010.
Key Player: Harry Kane – The Englishman bagged his third international goal in midweek against Switzerland and will be expecting to open his account this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Sunderland 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur – This is a game Spurs will be expecting to win and they need to pick up three points so not to fall too far off the pace.