By Tottenham correspondent Paul Rayner
Football Insider looks ahead to the Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light with our Sunderland v Tottenham preview that details the players to watch, form guide, best bets, stats and recalls a key moment from this fixture in the past.
KICK-OFF TIME: Sunday, 1.30pm
TV: Live on Sky Sports
IT’S A BIG GAME FOR…
Harry Kane. Spurs fans are hoping that missing out on Saido Berahino isn’t going to cost them this season. According to Opta, Spurs have created the joint-most clear chances in the Premier League this season – more than Manchester City. The problem is that only two of these have been taken. After last years breakthrough, Kane’s dry run this year is worrying those who were hailing the new Gary Lineker. His two England goals have eased the pressure, but doubts persist. Have Premier League defenders worked him out? Were those less than successful loan spells (Norwich, Leicester, Millwall) actually the real Harry Kane? Mauricio Pochettino has bough in extra firepower in Clinton N’Jie and Heung-Min Son, but both are Premier League virgins, so the burden remains with Kane. And, don’t forget. This is a player with less than 50 league games under his own belt.
PLAYER TO WATCH…
Fabio Borini – Can he justify the price tag? Sunderland need help for Jermain Defoe, with Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham leaving their shooting boots in Premier League seasons past. But supporters are reserving judgement on Borini. They remember his goals from his 2013-14 loan spell but he treaded water last season and the Italian’s arrival may well slow the development of home-grown forward Duncan Watmore.
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Premier League: Tottenham 2 (O’Shea OG, Eriksen) Sunderland 1 (Larsson), January 2015
Premier League: Sunderland 2 (Johnson, Kane OG) Tottenham 2 (Chadli, Eriksen), September 2014
Premier League: Tottenham 5 (Adebayor 2, Kane 59, Eriksen, Adebayor, Sigurdsson) Sunderland 1 (Cattermole), April 2014
Kane made his league Spurs debut, and Spurs thrashed a woeful Sunderland 5-1. It seems like a long time ago, but was only April last year. Kane also scored an own goal for Sunderland in a 2-2 in September 2014.
And from Spurs Double Winning season
Sunderland in 2015/16: LLDD
Tottenham in 2015/16: LDDD
Draw – 5/2 (PaddyPower)
HOW WILL THEY LINE UP…
Sunderland (possible): Pantillimon; Jones, O’Shea, Kaboul, Van Aanholt; Rodwell, Cattermole; M’vila, Lens, Borini; Defoe.
Tottenham (possible): Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Alderwield, Rose; Dier, Bentaleb; Chadli, Eriksen, Son; Kane.
EXPERT VERDICT… If Kane can find his scoring boots then an away win.