Tottenham v Sunderland: Spurs aim to bounce back after Champions League defeat
Last Updated: 18/09/16 3:23pm
Tottenham will look to recover from their midweek Champions League loss to Monaco when they host Sunderland on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Tottenham's European campaign at Wembley began with a 2-1 defeat to Monaco, but Mauricio Pochettino's men are yet to lose in the Premier League this season.
With two wins and two draws, Spurs are one of four unbeaten sides, and they will be heavy favourites to overcome a Sunderland team who have earned just one point so far.
David Moyes' side most recently suffered at the hands of Everton, with Romelu Lukaku's hat-trick steering the Toffees to a 3-0 win on Monday night.
Mousa Dembele is likely to make his first domestic appearance of the season as he returns from a six-match suspension, but Pochettino said Danny Rose is still a week away from overcoming a hamstring strain.
Kieran Trippier, Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama are also possibilities to come in, with Pochettino admitting he may rest players after their excursions in midweek.
Summer signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is unlikely to feature with the 21-year-old, who joined for £11m from Marseille in August, still adjusting to his new surroundings.
Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has not played this season after undergoing hernia surgery, while Steven Pienaar has been nursing a hamstring strain, but both are back in training.
Defender Billy Jones (hip) is also training, but not quite as close to playing again, while striker Victor Anichebe has sustained a thigh problem while working his way towards match fitness.
Goalkeeper Vito Mannone (elbow surgery), midfielder Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) remain on the long-term casualty list.
Spurs are unbeaten in 12 league games against Sunderland, last losing to the Black Cats in April, 2010 (W9 D3).
Sunderland have lost 13 of their previous 15 away games at White Hart Lane in the Premier League (W1 D1).
The last Sunderland goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at White Hart Lane in any competition was Chris Turner in September 1980 - they have conceded 49 goals in 22 games since.
Jermain Defoe has scored in six successive Premier League away appearances - the only player to manage a better run in Premier League history is Robin van Persie, who scored in nine successive away appearances for Arsenal in 2010-11.
Sunderland have not won any of their last 23 Premier League matches contested in either August or September (D9 L14).
Sunderland have averaged the lowest possession figure of all Premier League sides in the opening four matches of the season (34.8 per cent).
Tottenham got a major Champions League lesson. They dominated large parts of the game against Monaco, but were naive and got caught out.
If the match was at White Hart Lane, I think the result would have been different. You would have had 40,000 die-hard Spurs fans, rather than 85,000, some of whom just turned up for the day and perhaps don't watch Tottenham too often.
I expect them to get back on track at home, and for it to be very comfortable.
Sunderland are struggling. There wasn't much in the game before half-time against Everton, and Jermain Defoe missed a great chance. If that starts happening, it's going to be a long season.
Conceding three goals in 11 minutes is a worry too, because they just collapsed after the first went in.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Sky Bet odds 13/2)