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.

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MLSGB Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 33 – Spurs, Southampton and City to win

As the end of the season draws near, the drama at either end of the table is set to continue this weekend and so it’s time for another member of the MLSGB team to turn to the crystal ball. This week Jamie Ives takes a look the fixtures and gives his opinion on how they will unfold.

Chelsea play Manchester United in this weekend’s standout Premier League game, while Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa are taking part in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley, so they will not play this week. QPR, Sunderland and Hull are also out of action as a result.

But there are still six games to enjoy and after Ben Ashton correctly predicted the outcome of six games with one perfect score last weekend, it’s time for Jamie to give his calls on where he sees the games going this weekend.

Saturday, April 18th (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Stoke City vs. Southampton

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With Southampton still pushing for a Champions League place it is important that Ronald Koeman’s team keep in touch with the pack.

Stoke have arguably nothing left to play for and that’s why I see Southampton edging this one.

Prediction: Stoke 1-2 Southampton


 

Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion

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Palace have looked like a team possessed under Alan Pardew, and their front three of Wilfried Zaha, Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie have fired them onto a winning run of four now.

Tony Pulis’ West Brom have been dreadful recently, having lost three on the bounce, and I see form winning this one. Palace comfortable winners.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom


 

Everton vs. Burnley

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Everton have been a different side since crashing out of Europe and have all but guaranteed top-flight football next season despite some relegation whispers.

Burnley however, are picking up points here or there but aren’t doing enough to stay up so far. I think they could nick this one, however as the race for survival looks to take another twist.

Prediction: Everton 0-1 Burnley


 

Leicester City vs. Swansea City

Embed from Getty ImagesLeicester are in my opinion the unluckiest team in the Premier League this year, having played so well without getting enough points.

Swansea have been brilliant and even with the loss of Wilfried Bony, have produced results. Score draw at the King Power Stadium for me, not that it will help the Foxes too much.

Prediction: Leicester 2-2 Swansea


 

Chelsea vs. Manchester United (17:30)

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The hardest one to call this weekend. Man United have been sensational recently and Chelsea have been excellent at home so this is little to separate these two rivals.

A score draw seems fair but this one could go either way.

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United


 

Sunday, April 19th

Manchester City vs. West Ham United (13:30)

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Manchester City are the team everyone is talking about and for all the wrong reasons. Last Sunday’s derby defeat has all but sealed Manuel Pellegrini’s fate as the Citizens look set to finish way behind Chelsea.

With Sam Allardyce also being linked with a departure from his post, both sides need a win. I’m saying a City win in a high-pressure game.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 West Ham


 

Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur (16:00)

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The final game this weekend sees two teams who have not delivered sufficiently lately go head-to-head, with both having lost last weekend. Newcastle have looked lost under John Carver and need some fresh faces but still need to see the season out.

Spurs have all but lost the battle for a Champions League spot after defeat at home to Villa last weekend, but they should win easily on Sunday against a Magpies side that look lifeless.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-3 Spurs