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    Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland Preview: Spurs look to bounce back from Champions League defeat

    By Alex Easley
    Harry Kane has scored just once in five games in all competitions so far this season.
    Tottenham will be looking to get back on track following their midweek defeat to Monaco in the Champions League when they take on Sunderland on Sunday.

    Their European campaign at the national stadium started with a 2-1 defeat to the French side, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still unbeaten in the Premier League.

    Having won two and drawn two games, Spurs are one of three teams who are unbeaten in the league, and they will be the favourites to win against a Sunderland side who have earned just a single point thus far.

    The Spurs boss was quoted as saying: "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."
    Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Monaco at Wembley in European competition on Wednesday.
    David Moyes’ Black Cats were beaten by his old team last Monday night, Everton, 3-0 with Romelu Lukaku netting a hat-trick.

    The Sunderland manager said: "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."


    Mousa Dembele is likely to make his first domestic appearance of the season as he returns from a six-match suspension, but Pochettino said Danny Rose is still a week away from overcoming a hamstring strain.

    Kieran Trippier, Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama are also possibilities to come in, with Pochettino admitting he may rest players after their excursions in midweek.

    Summer signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is unlikely to feature with the 21-year-old, who joined for £11m from Marseille in August, still adjusting to his new surroundings.

    Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has not played this season after undergoing hernia surgery, while Steven Pienaar has been nursing a hamstring strain, but both are back in training.

    Defender Billy Jones is also training, but not quite as close to playing again, while striker Victor Anichebe has sustained a thigh problem while working his way towards match fitness.

    Goalkeeper Vito Mannone, midfielder Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini remain on the long-term casualty list.



    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.

    K.O. 16:30 (UK) 18/09/2016 VENUE WHITE HART LANE
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