Sunderland entertain a Tottenham side that has scored two goals in their previous two matches, however despite the upturn in goals for Tottenham, I remain unconvinced they have solved their attacking issues. Against Man Utd and Fulham, their two goals were long distances shots. Their last cleverly worked goal scored in the box was Soldado's goal against Aston Villa way back in October.
Since then, Villas Boas has tried to change everything barring the most important: changing the system. Whether it has been Lamela, Chadli, Holtby or Defoe who have replaced the regulars in the starting line up, they have been mostly inefficient in an attacking sense.
Sunderland however have improved since Gustavo Poyet's appointment, and I back him to upset his former club Tottenham today. They are now a threat in the air - proof of this is the five set pieces they have scored from this season. Tottenham on the other hand continually chop and change their back line and against Manchester City it proved disastrous. Even against Manchester United Kyle Walker made two errors: the obvious one being the mis-clearance that led to Rooney's tap in; the second being the ill-thought surging run that can to a crescendo, opening up a gap for the counter no one bothered close forcing Lloris to give away a penalty.
When you consider Tottenham win the least aerial duels in the Premier League, Sunderland may be able to take advantage of a Tottenham defence that is lacks an identity at the moment.
Sunderland 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
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