Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur

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

Match Preview

Sunderland host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the earlier of two Premier League fixtures that day, with both sides still searching for their first wins of the new campaign.

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 L2

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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 L1 

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Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Sunderland

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Wednesday, May 20th – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – Sunderland 9/1

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Sunderland to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night for the penultimate game of the Premier League season with both sides in need of just one more point to secure very different objectives.

The Gunners are in search of one more point to ensure they finish in third place above Manchester United and avoid the Champions League qualification playoff game, while a point for Sunderland will guarantee their top flight status for another season.

Theo Walcott‘s deflected cross off Tyler Blackett rescued a vital point for Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday and kept them two points clear of fourth-placed Manchester United coming into this game-in-hand.

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Arsenal’s fantastic run of eight straight wins has been halted by a run of four games with just one victory (D2, L1), although Arsene Wenger has still done enough to guide his side to a Champions League finish for the 17th consecutive season.

The Gunners have won all but one of their home games against sides in the bottom 11 of the Premier League table this season – a 2-2 draw with Hull City back in October being the only points they’ve dropped against the lower league teams at home.

Sunderland arrive in London having lost just one of their last six games (W3, D2) and their 0-0 draw at home to Leicester last weekend extended their current mini-unbeaten run to four games.

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Despite the good run, Dick Advocaat will know there is still work to do and the final two games are away at Arsenal and Chelsea, so they may be relying on Hull City failing to win against Manchester United on the final day in order for them to survive.

Arsenal won the reverse fixture 2-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to two goals from Alexis Sanchez and have won the last four meeting between the two sides.

Team News

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will face a late assessment as he is suffering with the flu, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are all unavailable because of injury.

Sunderland will be without the injured Billy Jones, Jordi Gomez, Wes Brown, Jack Rodwell and Ricardo Alvarez.

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Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/D/W/L/D

Sunderland’s last five: L/D/W/W/D

Key Stat: Sunderland haven’t won away at Arsenal in the league since November 1983 when they beat the Gunners 2-1 at Highbury.

Key Player: Aaron Ramsey – The Welshman doesn’t stop running and his work-rate can’t be faulted even though he’s playing out of position on the right side of midfield.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland – The Gunners’ home advantage will help them just edge past the Black Cats who will go into the final day with it all to play for.

Sunderland looking to employ former United boss as new manager – report

Sunderland have made former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes their number one target for the managerial job next season, according to the Sun.

The club are resigned to losing Dick Advocaat at the end of the campaign as the Dutchman is set to retire from football, and so Sunderland bosses are already looking for a new man to take the hot seat at the Stadium of Light next term.

Moyes is seen as an ideal candidate for the job if the Black Cats can convince him to leave Spanish side Real Sociedad after just one season.

The Scottish coach joined Sociedad in November and will see his team finish 12th in his first campaign in Spanish football, but could be tempted by an offer to return to the Premier League with Sunderland.

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Any choice will depend on whether the Wearsiders retain their Premier League status next year as there is still a chance they will be relegated, but that is unlikely, and so Moyes could be approached soon.

Sources close to the former United boss have reportedly said there has not been any contact from the Black Cats but an approach is expected in the coming months.

Would David Moyes be a good appointment as Sunderland manager? Should he return to the Premier League?

Sunderland to suffer blow as Dutchman on the way out this summer

Sunderland are set to lose manager Dick Advocaat at the end of the season regardless of whether he keeps the club in the Premier League, according to the Sun.

Advocaat has turned things around at the Black Cats since joining in March and looks to have guided the team to safety, though they are not mathematically safe just yet.

They are three points above safety with one week to go, and have a game in hand over Hull and Newcastle as they travel away to Arsenal on Wednesday.

A point from that game will ensure Advocaat has kept the team in the top flight but he will not stay on as manager next season, despite initially looking set to pen a long-term deal.

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He is reportedly under pressure from his wife to stick to his word and leave at the end of his short-term Sunderland contract, calling time on his 28-year managerial career.

The 67-year-old has picked up 11 points from a possible 21 at Sunderland, giving him a win percentage of 43% – a significantly better ratio than Gus Poyet’s 31%.

His departure will leave Sunderland chiefs looking for a new boss over the summer, with West Ham’s Sam Allardyce linked with taking over the reigns.

Has Dick Advocaat turned things around at Sunderland? Do they need him next season?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs Sunderland 

Venue: Upton Park – Saturday, March 21 – 17:30 GMT (13:30 ET)

Match Odds: West Ham 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – Sunderland 7/2

Match Preview

West Ham play host to relegation strugglers Sunderland in the Saturday night Premier League clash in what is a huge game for both managers.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is feeling the heat from the board and needs a result to stop a dire run of form, which sees West Ham without a win in eight in all competitions.

Newly appointed Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat takes the reigns for the first time after replacing Gus Poyet earlier this week and it’s important that Advocaat makes a good start to his tenure as Sunderland look to avoid the drop.

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West Ham haven’t won a home game in the Premier League since January 18th in a 3-0 win against Hull. A home win is much needed and there is potentially no better time to play Sunderland after they dramatically lost 4-0 to Aston Villa last weekend.

However, it could also be the worst time to play them, as anything but a win on Saturday will leave people once again asking questions of ‘Big Sam’, and a great start to the season has seemingly been undone by recent results.

West Ham’s home record in the Premier League: P15, W7, D3, L5

Gus Poyet’s departure on Monday sees Dick Advocaat come into the save the Black Cats from relegation despite the fact that Sunderland aren’t in the relegation places at the moment, although they sit just one point above the drop zone.

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The sacking of Poyet looked inevitable, even during the 4-0 loss last weekend to Aston Villa. But can Advocaat produce the results?

The main task Advocaat has is trying to motivate his squad to perform on Saturday, and the fact the game is live on Sky Sports will mean there is no room for embarrassment again.

Sunderland’s away record in the Premier League: P14, W2, D7, L5

The reverse fixture ended in 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light back in December, with goals coming from Jordi Gomez and Stewart Downing.

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Team News

West Ham’s Enner Valencia will be hoping to recover from a foot injury that forced him to miss the Arsenal game. James Tomkins, Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll are all unavailable, while Winston Reid faces a late fitness test. Carl Jenkinson is expected to come back into the side after being ineligible for the Arsenal game.

Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher isn’t expected to start after being forced off against Aston Villa but could feature. Adam Johnson has had his club suspension rescinded so is now available. Will Buckley is doubtful and Lee Cattermole will serve the last game of his suspension so he’s unavailable. Emanuele Giaccherini remains out with an ankle injury.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/L/L/L

Sunderland’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/L/D/L

Key Stat: West Ham haven’t won at home to Sunderland in the Premier League since April 2010.

Key Player: Diafra Sakho – The Senegalese striker is due a goal after going three games without one. Expect him to end that on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 2-0 Sunderland – Although the new Sunderland manager comes in fresh with ideas, success will take time and the Black Cats won’t end their run of seven games without a win in all competitions.

Encouraging Dick Advocaat stat suggests Sunderland will be safe

Sunderland are in trouble. There is no doubt about that. The club sit just one point above the relegation zone and sacked Gus Poyet earlier this week, bringing in Dick Advocaat just one day later.

The Dutchman faces a tough task in trying to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League in what is his first job in English football.

Sunderland have won just four league games all season and are without a win in six following last weekend’s shock 4-0 defeat at home to fellow relegation strugglers Aston Villa.

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Advocaat has plenty of experience as the 67-year-old has managed at eight different clubs from the Netherlands, Russia, Germany and a four-year spell with Scottish side Rangers from 1998-2002.

He has also enjoyed international coaching roles with six different nations and has managed his homeland on two separate occasions.

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Advocaat will become the oldest manager in the Premier League and will hope his wealth of experience can prove valuable.

He has an average win percentage of 54.5% through his coaching career so far and if he can transfer that record into the final stretch of Sunderland’s season, the Black Cats will more than likely be safe.

Projected Sunderland points tally based on Dick Advocaat's career win percentage

Projected Sunderland points tally based on Dick Advocaat’s career win percentage

It must be noted that this is simply a projection based on the previous successes Advocaat has enjoyed. A projected final tally of 40 points would surely be enough as no team has been relegated with a minimum of 40 points for the past 11 seasons since West Ham were with 42 points in the 2002/03 campaign.

The task of turning things around at Sunderland in the middle of a fierce relegation fight is a new challenge for the Dutchman but he will hope his experience can help to make an immediate impact.

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A tough end to the season will see Advocaat and his new team travel to West Ham this weekend, while tough away trips to Arsenal, Stoke, Everton and finally Chelsea on the final day of the campaign also lie in wait.

To pick up the projected 14 points, Sunderland will need to win at least three of their last nine but it will likely need to be more unless they can draw their other six remaining matches.

Home games against rivals Newcastle, followed by Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester will all be seen as winnable by Advocaat and he must now turn all attentions to fixing things quickly before Saturday night’s trip to West Ham.

Podcast: David Villa, NYCFC, San Jose Earthquakes & Sunderland

In this week’s MLSGB Podcast Zack Walford talks to Louis East and Jamie Ives about the latest weekend of MLS action as we chat David Villa and New York City as well as the San Jose Earthquakes and their hopes for the season. We also discuss Sunderland after Gus Poyet was replaced by Dick Advocaat at the Stadium of light this week and the Black Cats’ chances of Premier League survival.

Gus Poyet sacked by Sunderland, Dick Advocaat favourite to take over

Sunderland have sacked head coach Gus Poyet after a run of just one league win in 12 with the club just one point above the relegation zone with nine games to play.

Sunderland’s 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday was the final nail in the coffin for Poyet and that embarrassing loss stretched the team’s unbeaten run to six in the league.

“Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season,” Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said in a club statement released today.

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“We find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.

“I would like to thank Gus for his endeavours during his time at the club, in particular last season’s ‘great escape’ and cup final appearance, which will live long in the memory of every Sunderland fan.”

Gus Poyet's record as Sunderland manager since being appointed in October 2013.

Gus Poyet’s record as Sunderland manager since being appointed in October 2013

Sunderland have won just four times in the Premier League this season and have drawn a total of 14 games this season, half of those by a 0-0 scoreline.

The club bought Jermain Defoe in January but the Black Cats have not improved enough in front of goal to steer clear of relegation troubles.

Only Aston Villa (19) have scored fewer goals than Sunderland (23) in the league this season and the Black Cats have registered the fewest number of shots in the top flight.

Dick Advocaat is the early favourite to replace Poyet at the Stadium of Light but whoever comes in will only have nine games to turn things around.

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Sunderland travel to West Ham on Saturday and it is unclear if a new head coach will be in charge for the trip to London.

Current West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is also in the running for the job at Sunderland and he is the second-favourite at this point. Michael Laudrup, Harry Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle are three other names being linked.

Did Gus Poyet deserve to get sacked? Who will be Sunderland’s next head coach?