Sunderland Vs Tottenham: Prediction & Preview

It's been quite a remarkable season so far. Obviously, not in a good way, given that we are still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. I know as a football club we like to do things using the louder and harder ways - but this season is ridiculous even by our ludicrous standards. However, today's game against Spurs seems set up to be the dullest home fixture to date.

by GMac88 Saturday, 07 December 2013 12:19 PM Comments

It's been quite a remarkable season so far. Obviously, not in a good way, given that we are still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. I know as a football club we like to do things using the louder and harder ways - but this season is ridiculous even by our ludicrous standards. However, today's game against Spurs seems set up to be the dullest home fixture to date.

Far be it from me to talk on behalf of opposition fans, but for Tottenham to go from the entertaining and almost free-scoring club of the last few years to what we have witnessed so far this season must be a little depressing. Despite their Champions League ambitions, Spurs have failed to score in five games, just two less than us. They were even hit for six against Manchester City - but perhaps that was a blessing given their performances since then.

The last two matches against Manchester United (a 2-2 draw) and Fulham (a 2-1 away win) have both optimised yet possibly revolutionised Spurs' season. The defensive errors were still there, the negativity in midfield was also there at times - but so was a much freer approach which led to victory against the Cottagers. Erik Lamela was instrumental in their comeback as both Paulinho and Sandro forced their side further up the pitch in the second half. Surely it's something Andre Villas-Boas will learn from and something we are likely to expect more of in this match up.

 

Likely Line-ups:

In such a congested period of the calendar, predicting a line up proves all the more difficult. Gus Poyet alluded to a similar side shortly after the Chelsea game and with our minuscule injury list still intact, there probably won't be many changes.

Jozy Altidore's first Premier League goal and man of the match performance against the Blues must be worth a second start in a game we will need a similar, direct approach.

Poyet has already proven himself a coach not frightened to drop under performers which could mean the likes of Jack Colback and Craig Gardner missing out. I'm pretty sure Seb Larsson will be recalled in place of Gardner (perhaps born more from hope than anything else) but I am unsure if dropping Colback is the way to go. For me, it's not the game to reinstate Lee Cattermole back into the starting line-up.

The only other change I'd expect is if Andrea Dossena has heavy legs. He played his first full 90 minutes against Chelsea and ran more than anyone - though that wasmore through pure lunacy than guile or anything else!

Mannone; Celuskta, O'Shea, Brown, Bardsley; Ki, Colback, Larsson, Borini, Giaccherini; Altidore

 

Prediction:

I did mention this is set up to be the dullest home game yet, yet I disagree with myself. Fact is, Spurs are beginning to show some kind of attacking resurgence and so are we. It's a massive game for both sides and nobody will go into this being over-cautious.

Despite conceding four, I saw enough against Chelsea, with our slightly more direct approach, to believe we can flip things against a transitional Tottenham and claim an enormous three points with a 2-1 win.