Sunderland Need To Stop Free-Scoring Spurs.

Sunderland Need To Stop Free-Scoring Spurs.
Sep 18, 2016

Sunderland Tottenham

7th of April 2014, Sunderland went to White Hart Lane stripped of confidence, form, and a definitive footballing style under Gus Poyet. They were rooted in the basement of the table and had to have a dramatic change in form to even consider competing to stay up.

Spurs had another sub-par season, failing to reach their standards for the season. They needed a big win to keep competing for top 4 which looked ever so distant.

Sunderland ended up losing that day, 5-1 exactly. Starting what most Sunderland fans regard as the ‘great escape’, winning all of their final games, bar 2 against Swansea and Manchester City

It kept a tradition over 12 games (6 seasons), where Sunderland haven’t been able to beat the Hotspurs. Most being a complete White-Heart wash.

Sunderland’s poor form will have the fans wincing before this game, and it will have to take a Gus Poyet-esque ‘miracle’ for the Black Cats to not lose . But with Kirchhoff and Cattermole both recently back from injury, it gives the midfield the numbers and the hope that they can help get something out of this game.

The towering German will be key today, looking to put his last game at White Hart Lane well behind him.

It’s widely expected that Didier Ndong will make his full debut today, too. With the club record signing only making an appearance off the bench on Monday against Everton, albeit he looked very up for the task. Many expect he will elaborate on that with a start today.

For Spurs, not much will have changed, they lost against Monaco during the week but are still unbeaten in the league as they look to push for top-4 for the second season in a row, possibly even the title. It’s important that they get wins against lower-table clubs like Sunderland, so they can keep consistency through every game, not just the big ones. This is a test of that today, on their day, Sunderland are no-push overs.

It’s also important that Harry Kane can put his EURO 2016 blues behind him, and I’m sure he’ll be licking his lips today after watching Lukaku score 3 at the start of the week. With Erikson and Lamela already firing on all cylinders themselves, we can surely expect them to help out the miss-firing Englishman no-end. If he hasn’t already been dropped for competitor Jansen of course.

Mousa Dembele has served his six-game suspension and expected to start for this game. Spurs have missed his character in the midfield winning more tackles and completing more take-ons than any other of his team-mates last season.

There’s a return of a Spurs hero,too. Former white-shirt Jermain Defoe will want to return to the Lane with a bang. He’s been feeding off scraps this season so far, but with David Moyes publicly criticising his service, it’s sure only to improve. He looks dangerous even with half-chances, maybe not even that sometimes. He’s definitely one to watch on his return.

One player Moussa Dembele thinks can make a difference for Sunderland however, is Adnan Januzaj. The fellow Belgium has had a mixed reception after his reunion with David Moyes so far, creating a few goals, although the vast majority don’t feel he offers enough in 90 mins. He’s also one to watch for Sunderland today.

My Prediction?

I think it’ll be 3-0 Tottenham.

Sunderland just doesn’t have the confidence in the attack at the moment, nor the defence. Spurs need to lift the lid off like they did against Stoke, and that’s what they’ll be attempting today. Another repeat of Monday for the Black Cats.

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