Tottenham vs Sunderland: Match preview

Tomorrow, Tottenham look to stay unbeaten in five premier league games as they play 19th placed Sunderland who currently have only one point.  Spurs will be looking to take all 3 points to try and put Wednesday night’s loss to Monaco at Wembley behind them.  Sunderland’s poor defensive form under David Moyes is certainly something that Pochettino’s men will be sure to exploit down the wings.

Wednesday’s Champions league clash surely proved to Pochettino and the fans that Dele Alli’s attacking talent is wasted being played at a deeper central midfield/defensive midfield role.  The game was clearly changed when Mousa Dembélé came on for Heung-Min Son at half time and Alli moved to a more attacking role further up the field and then was moved to the left wing spot.  However because of Son’s fantastic, man of the match, performance versus Stoke, Pochettino’s job of who to choose versus Sunderland tomorrow has been made a lot harder as Dembélé is also availible for selection as well after his six game (premier league) ban after “The Battle of Stamford Bridge.”  Ben Davies is also likely to start as Danny Rose is still recovering from an injury suffered during an international game versus Slovakia two weeks ago.

Here are three likely lineups that could start versus Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

Realistic 4231


Walker Alderweireld Vertonghen Davies

Dier Dembélé

Lamela Alli Eriksen


A fairly standard lineup that fans wouldn’t be surprised to see on the team sheet and is still a fairly strong team despite Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen’s poor performances against Monaco.

Dream 4231


Walker Alderweireld Wimmer Davies

Dier Dembélé

Son Alli Eriksen


Vincent Janssen really needs to start tomorrow considering Harry Kane’s poor form recently, also Kevin Wimmer is certainly a capable centre back as he was involved in keeping 4 clean sheets in the 8 games that he played while Jan Vertonghen was injured earlier in the year.

Wildcard 4231


Walker Alderweireld Wimmer Davies

Sissoko Dembélé

Son Alli Eriksen


While looking noticeably similar to the previous setup, giving summer signing Moussa Sissoko his first full Tottenham start, would be an out of the box and certainly a very attacking setup and would see Eric Dier rested after a relatively uncharacteristically poor performance versus Monaco on Wednesday.

Likely substitution bench

Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Vertonghen/Wimmer, Winks, Lamela/Son, Wanyama, Kane/Janssen



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