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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Sunderland v Spurs, 13.09.15

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Full League Record against Sunderland
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          14  12   1   1    31 -11  37
Away          14   6   4   4    21 -18  22
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Total(Prem)   28  18   5   5    52 -29  59
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  37  14  12  11    57 -45  42
Away (Div 1)  37   8  11  18    31 -60  29
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Total(Div 1)  74  22  23  29    88-105  71
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Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   1   0   0   1     2 - 3   0
Away (Div 2)   1   1   0   0     2 - 1   2
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Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1     4 - 4   2
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Total(Prem)   28  18   5   5    52 -29  59
Total(Div 1)  74  22  23  29    88 -105 71
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1     4 - 4   2
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Grand Total  104  41  28  35   144-138 131
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Last Six Premier League results:-

S'derland  -    DLLLDD

Arsenal    0-0   S'derland
Chelsea    3-1   S'derland
Leicester  4-2   S'derland
S'derland  1-3   Norwich
S'derland  1-1   Swansea
A. Villa   2-2   S'derland

Spurs      -    WWLDDD

Spurs      2-0   Hull
Everton    0-1   Spurs
Man Utd    1-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-2   Stoke
Leicester  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Everton

Pos            P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
16. Spurs      4  0  3  1  3-4   -1    3
20. S'derland  4  0  2  2  6-10  -4    2

A touch of deja vu

We played this fixture on the same date last year. (Sunderland 2 Spurs 2) It was Saturday last year, but will be played on Sunday lunch-time this week. The referee last year was Craig Pawson, and he will be in charge this week. Two of his supporting officials will also be the same as last year.

That's as far as we want the deja vu to go, because Spurs frittered away two points. A year ago, Adebayor was first choice, and Harry Kane was on the bench. I even wrote that our substitutions weakened the side, and it is a fact that Harry Kane had the misfortune to score in the wrong net to give the home side an 82nd minute equaliser, and hope of victory.

Our first goal had been scored in the second minute by Nacer Chadli, when he latched onto Adebayor's saved shot. Adam Johnson was allowed a run to equalise almost immediately, before Christian Eriksen put us back in front early in the second half. Eriksen will hopefully be in contention for Sunday's game, after missing our last two games with a knee injury. Adam Johnson has a shoulder injury and will not be available for another two weeks. Johnson did play in Sunderland's first game of the season, despite his pending court case regarding alleged criminal offences.

It is five and a half years and 11 matches since Sunderland last beat Tottenham. That was also at The Stadium of Light, when former Spur Darren Bent gleefully slotted home two goals to help the "Mackems" to victory. (Sunderland 3 Spurs 1 - 3rd April, 2010). One of Bent's goals was a penalty, but Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saved two more penalties taken by Bent. The score could have been worse. The generous referee was Lee Mason. We will see Gomes later this season, as he is between the sticks for Watford, but we won't see Darren Bent, unless we draw Championship side Derby in the FA Cup. (Derby have already been knocked out of the League Cup)

Back in April, 2010, Younes Kaboul was in our side. Kaboul, who moved to Sunderland this summer, attracted some negative punditry as a result of his performances in Sunderland's first two games this season, when they lost 4-2 at Leicester, and then 3-1 at home to Norwich. Kaboul was said to be injured for Sunderland's third game, but returned in their last game a 2-2 draw at Villa Park. If selected (and he is reported to have another knee injury), Kaboul would be very determined to perform against the Spurs head coach, who early last season made him club captain, but seemingly fell out with him by November, after which Younes played very little football for Spurs.

One of Dick Advocaat's summer signings - Adam Matthews from Celtic - is already sidelined for 5 weeks with an ankle injury. Another is our own DeAndre Yedlin, on loan, who will not be eligible for this game. Sunderland's most recent signing is 24 year old Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an estimated 7 million. Borini spent some time on loan with Sunderland a couple of seasons ago, and scored 4 goals in their dramatic escape from relegation at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Sunderland's intermittent Premier League life is almost a perennial battle against relegation, and this year looks no different. A win would take them above Spurs though. The home crowd will at least be enthusiastic at the start, but they have been known to leave in droves when things go badly against them, as is so often the case. Spurs' mission must be to try and empty the stadium of red and white shirts by winning well, although any win would be gratefully received.

Harry Kane has had another excellent time with England, scoring two goals in both his substitute appearances. Harry has already scored three full International goals in just 83 minutes of competitive senior International football. He played 90 minutes and didn't score in the March friendly against Italy, but his goals per minutes played is already looking good for England.

Of course, we are all hoping that Harry will break his Premier League duck this season on Sunday. All the squad have trained upon their return from International duty, but Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Christian Eriksen is not quite ready, and that description also applies to Clinton N'Jie. Dembele is also described as doubtful. However Heung-min Son is available and will surely start. I am hoping that Son's pace will improve the supply line to "Our Harry".

We can expect to see Jermain Defoe in the Sunderland line-up, and he has already scored five goals this season. That consists of two in the league and a league cup hat-trick against Exeter.

It's crunch time for both teams really. I'm hoping that Spurs will get their first win, and have predicted a 2-0 win, which I think will include that first Kane goal of the Premier League season.

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