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Janssen Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Sunderland

Spurs will be looking to pounce on any potential slip-up made by league leaders Chelsea, who play Liverpool at Anfield, when they made the trip to Sunderland on Tuesday night. 

Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Harry Kane are all available again after recovering from short-term injuries, while Kieran Trippier, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are all set to miss out on the trip to the Stadium of Light. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman was rested for Saturday’s cup tie against Wycombe, as he always is in the FA Cup, and should make a return here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Also rested in the dramatic cup win against Wycombe, and will cause constant problems down that right-hand side for the Sunderland defence, looking to replicate his part in the first goal at Manchester City.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Toby has recovered successfully from his tight injury picked up at the Etihad, and should play from the start here after his recovery.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Pochettino has hinted at changes for this one, with the game against Middlesborough on Saturday in mind, and I think Eric Dier will be rested for this one after playing at the weekend. For that reason, I can see Wimmer starting here.

LB: Danny Rose

I can see a return to the starting line-up for Danny Rose at the Stadium of Light. After recovering from a knee problem, there is nothing sanding in his way from playing here.

‘A Win Is A Win’: Spurs Fans React To 1-0 Win Over Sunderland

Spurs struggled over the line at White Hart Lane today to beat Sunderland 1-0 courtesy of a second half Harry Kane goal, who capitalised on some poor defending from the Black Cats back line. 

The visitors offered very little going forward in reality, but Spurs’ inability to kill of the game with a second goal set up a nervy last ten minutes or so.

Tottenham were not at their best by far, and failed to take advantage of the many chances that fell their way in the 1-0 win. The victory takes Spurs up to third place and maintains their unbeaten start to the Premier League season, picking up 11 points from five games along the way.

Injuries will be a worry for Mauricio Pochettino as he saw Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Harry Kane limp off, Dembele and Dier with hamstring problems and Harry Kane sustaining an ankle injury.

Spurs fans took to Twitter after the game to voice their opinions, and this is how they reacted to Spurs’ 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Janssen Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Sunderland

Following a disappointing Champions League result at Wembley in midweek, Spurs must pick themselves up, and fast, because the next game against Sunderland back at White Hart Lane is just around the corner.

Pochettino has hinted that he may tinker with the Spurs line-up following the defeat at the hands of Monaco at midweek, and has challenged his team to be more consistent with their performances.

Danny Rose is the only player our for this weekend with a hamstring injury. Here is our predicted Tottenham line-up to face Sunderland.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman wasn’t really at fault for either of the goals at Wembley in midweek, and they were in fact Monaco’s only shots on target. Lloris can feel confident of keeping his starting spot.

RB: Kieran Trippier

Kyle Walker played well on Wednesday, but with Pochettino hinting at rotations, Trippier could well find himself in the starting line-up on Sunday.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Looked defensively solid for most of the game at Wembley, and I feel the centre-back pairing will remain the same for our return to league action at the weekend.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian put in one of his worst performances in a while, the way he backed off Bernado Silva for the first goal was shameful, but hopefully Vertonghen will put this behind him and return to top form here should he start.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose still not in the picture for selection, Ben Davies should get another run-out at left-back against Sunderland.

CDM: Mousa Dembele

Dembele looked excellent following his introduction at half-time and bossed that midfield and showed exactly how much we have missed the Belgian in his suspension period. It is great to have him back again, and he should make his first start of the season here.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

Wanyama hasn’t quite lived up to expectation so far yet this season, but with Eric Dier starting in midweek, Wanyama could well get his chance here with Pochettino expected to make changes this weekend.


Player Ratings: Sunderland 0-1 Spurs

Finally Tottenham can celebrate their first win of the season just over a month since the season began. A late, but great Ryan Mason goal gave us a much-needed win after a loss and three draws. Here are the player ratings.

Hugo Lloris (3.5/5)- Massively untroubled. Dealt with whatever came his way and kept a second consecutive clean sheet.

Kyle Walker (3.5/5)- Had a battle on his hands vs Lens at times but held his own and grew into the game as an attacking force.

Jan Vertonghen (4/5)- Incredibly solid. Despite picking up a yellow card he was commanding and kept his cool well when Lens broke through in the second half.

Toby Alderwiereld (3/5)-Not quite as impressive as his centre back partner. Never looked comfortable dealing with an incredible lively Defoe.

Ben Davies (3.5/5)- As we usually see from the Welshman, solid and dependable on the ball but not a massive attacking threat. The pace of Rose is missed.

Eric Dier (4.5)- Superb performance from the man who’s had a great week, having signed a new contract in the week. Passed the ball well and was convincing and impressive in his tackling. Growing into the CDM role.

Ryan Mason (4/5)- Also very impressive. Played some incisive passes and worked hard. Superb finish for our much needed winning goal, chipping the ball delicately into the net.

Nacer Chadli (1.5/5)- Quite simply a terrible performance from the Belgian. Invisible in the first half and when he did get involved, it certainly wasn’t positive, as he blazed several chances from good positions over. Needs to up his performance level.

Dele Alli (3.5/5)- Started the game off with a neat nutmeg which is becoming something of a trait. Good on the ball and put himself about. A solid performance on his first ever premier league start.

Son (3/5)- Some neat touches and decent set piece delivery, but on the whole is was a quiet afternoon for our new man. Much more to come from him.

Harry Kane (2/5)- A real struggle for last seasons main man. His touch was poor along with his dribbling, and his mishit of a decent second half chance summed his afternoon up. Needs a goal in a spurs shirt sooner rather than later.


Andros Townsend (4/5)- Changed the game, injecting pace and energy into our attack. Found joy on the right flank as he raced past his marker time and again.

Erik Lamela (4/5)- The Argentine needed this. Added some urgency to a lacklustre attack and played the incisive through ball for our winner. With many close to giving up on him, he took his chance today. But he still needs to do so much more.

FOUR Clubs Interested In Spurs Winger

Four Premier League clubs are set to battle it out for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who has fallen out of favour under Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Sunderland, Aston Villa and Newcastle are set to be joined by West Ham in the race for the England international who started just ten league games last season for Spurs.

The Daily Star believe that West Ham have now joined the race for Townsend, and they also report that the Lilywhites are wanting to sell up for £15m, and with that many clubs interested, they are sure to be holding out for the full asking price.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have been working hard throughout the summer shifting some of the deadweight, including midfielders Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue.

The Argentine boss has left Andros Townsend out so far this season with the Englishman unused this campaign, will this summer see the end of Townsend’s career at Tottenham?

Player Ratings: Spurs 2-1 Sunderland

Tottenham picked up yet another 2-1 win in the Premier League, this time Sunderland were on the receiving end of a Christian Eriksen late winner. Spurs’ last seven out of eight last wins have been won via 2-1 scorelines. Here is how we rated the players.

Hugo Lloris 8 – Made a number of fantastic saves including a double save from Johnson and Graham. Saved us in injury time when we should have been able to keep possession when he tipped away Graham’s shot.

Kyle Walker 6– Wasted a few good crossing opportunities but he was solid defensively. Made an important stop on Defoe just as the striker was cutting back onto his right foot; almost certainly saved a shot on goal.

Eric Dier 7 – Finally got his chance at Centre back because Fazio was injured and he had a good game. Made a few really good tackles on Defoe. Was comfortable in the air and on the ball, looked very composed, good all-round display.

Jan Vertonghen 8 – Scored the opening goal with a moment of brilliance. Was extremely unfortunate not to get a second goal late on because of a shocking decision from the linesman. Defensively solid and showed leadership, good game from Jan.

Danny Rose 6 – Put in a couple of world class crosses throughout the match and he was not challenged defensively. Good aggression in tackles but often a bit too reckless, needs to tone down in his challenges.

Benjamin Stambouli 6 – Was quiet today. Nice pieces of neat skill now and again but overall he didn’t get into the game. Effective in winning the ball but needs to be more forceful in possession and drive at defences.

Mousa Dembele 6 – Had a really good passing game completing 94% of his passes but he faded away as the game went on. Movement on the ball was quicker today but lacked the cutting edge we needed to break Sunderland down earlier on.

Nacer Chadli 6 – By his standards he had a below average game. Had a good chance to score at 1-1 but he fluffed his lines. Couldn’t ever cut inside and find the angle to either pass or shoot on target. Frustrating day.

Harry Kane 7 – Didn’t have his best match today. He was unlucky to hit the post just before half time but he tried to force the play in the second half.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Saved us again in the 88th minute with a superb finish. He nearly scored a fantastic goal in the first half dictated the pace of the game and was running Sunderland ragged, first half especially, another great showing for Eriksen.

Roberto Soldado 5 – Was very poor in all areas. Couldn’t pick a pass, his first touch let him down, his shots were wildly wide and he just looked like a broken beaten footballer. A sorry sight to see today.

Emmanuel Adebayor 6 – First game back since November. Very frosty reception, understandably, when he came on, but worked hard and won the ball with some good challenges and showed willingness on the ball.

Andros Townsend N/A – Only came on for the last 15 minutes but got the all-important assist for the winner.

Paulinho N/A – Came on for Chadli on the 87th minute.

Walker Warns Defenders Of Sunderland Threat

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has warned Tottenham defenders that they will have to be at the top of their games if they are to keep a clean sheet when Gus Poyet’s Sunderland come to town.

The right-back has singled out both Adam Johnson and new signing Jermain Defoe as the Black Cats’ main threats when coming forward. The former Tottenham striker has scored 120 Premier League goals in total.

Spurs fell to a disappointing 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace last Saturday, and the defence will have to stay alert all the time if they are to minimise the threat that can come from Jermain Defoe.

Sunderland completed the transfer of Defoe from Toronto yesterday, and he could be set to mark his first start in his newest stint in the Premier League at White Hart Lane.

“You’re always going to get a good, hard-working team [with Sunderland]. They’ve got some good players, as well,” the Tottenham defender said during the interview.

“I’ve played with a few of them with England. Johnno (Johnson) is always a good threat and, I don’t know whether he can play or not (it has since been confirmed that he can) but we’ve seen countless times what Defoe can do in a Spurs shirt.

The last time Tottenham and Sunderland met at White Hart Lane, Spurs came from behind to win via an emphatic 5-1 scoreline.

Townsend Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Sunderland

After a fantastic comeback at White Hart Lane to see off Burnley in a six-goal thriller to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, where we will face Leicester at home. Jermain Defoe could make his first start at White Hart Lane after returning to the Premier League. However, he will be the visiting player this time around following his move to Sunderland from Toronto.

Team News:

Mauricio Pochettino reports that Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela are both still a doubt to get fit for the game against Sunderland, and Nabil Bentaleb is away with the Algerian squad.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris:

I expect Mauricio Pochettino to make changes from the side that faced Burnley on Wednesday, and Lloris should be the first of many that will be selected again after the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Defence: Kyle Walker, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose:

Two changes could be made at the back from midweek, with both Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose both retaining their places from the win. The defence wasn’t really at fault for either of the goals, and Vlad Chiriches scored one, so I don’t see any problem in the defensive areas at the moment.

Midfield (Holding): Etienne Capooue, Mousa Dembele:

After his goal on Wednesday, this is a good opportunity for Etienne Capoue to build on the goal that he grabbed against Burnley. However, you could make a strong case for Benjamin Stambouli, he provided the perfect pass for Roberto Soldado, who then went on to set up the fourth goal for Danny Rose. It will be interesting to see different partnerships in the midfield whilst Nabil Bentaleb is away on the African Cup of Nations.

Midfield (Attacking): Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli:

Erik Lamela is still out, and with Andros Townsend looking like one of the best players on the pitch on Wednesday night, the right wing selection is a bit of a no-brainer really. Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli have become vital parts of the team and shouldn’t really be dropped at all.

Striker: Harry Kane:

Like Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane is a massive part of the team, and has been scoring a large proportion of our goals this season since his introduction into the Premier League starting line-up. Mauricio Pochettino took the option of resting him on Wednesday night, possibly indicating that he could start against Sheffield United. He should be fresh now and ready to take on Sunderland at White Hart Lane.