Sunderland’s vulnerability from set pieces was highlighted once again at QPR last time out, and manager Gus Poyet has reacted in the transfer market. The former Spurs man has brought in tall Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on loan to sure up the backline, while another South American, Ricky Alverez, has been added to the midfield. The midfielder scored in his last game against Spurs – in a Europa League match for Inter Milan – and Poyet will hope he can have a similar impact here.
The Black Cats have struggled recently against Tottenham though, with no wins in their last eight Premier League games against the London side. Their poor record was compounded last season with a 5-1 humbling at White Hart Line.
One player who shone in the game was Spurs’ Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, who scored once and set up two, but has yet to find his form this season. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will hope that this game will give the Danish international the opportunity to replicate some of his performances from last season.
Tottenham have largely enjoyed a good start to the season, save the blip against Liverpool in their last game, and a win for the Londoners could see them back in the top four. Sunderland meanwhile could rise as high as seventh with three points.
The 10 debutants to look out for this weekend
The 10 debutants to look out for this weekend
1/8 Radamel Falcao (Manchester United)
One of four Manchester United players on this list, Falcao's arrival at Manchester United was the biggest surprise of a mad summer. It will be interesting to see where Louis van Gaal decides to play the Colombian hitman - will he start alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, will he replace one of them, or will he start from the bench?
2/8 Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Brought in on a massive fee, the English teenager has been roundly criticised for failing to get fit in time for the new season. With Ashley Young struggling as Van Gaal's left wing-back Luke Shaw should come in and immediately be an upgrade in the position. United and England fans will certainly be hoping so.
3/8 Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)
Almost a month after arriving at Manchester United, and four games into the season, Argentine defender Marcos Rojo finally has a passport and should play. Louis van Gaal's team have looked porous at the back and the fiesty defender should add some bite to the back-line.
4/8 Daley Blind (Manchester United)
A Louis van Gaal favourite, Daley Blind is a versatile player capable of slotting in across the defence, at wing-back or in central midfield. Classy and composed on the ball, Blind is a clever player - it'll be interesting to see where the Manchester United boss opts to play the utility man.
5/8 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
Danny Welbeck was brilliant for England in Switzerland, scoring two goals and showing all of the energy and enthusiasm that has made him a manager's favourite. Arsenal were desperately in need of cover after the injury to Olivier Giroud and Gunners fans will be hoping the £16m striker hits the ground running.
6/8 Alex Song (West Ham)
Although he never managed to break into the first team in two years at Barcelona, Alex Song is undoubtedly a top quality player. West Ham needed to add goals and flair to their struggling side and Sam Allardyce will be hoping Song can get close to the 11 assists he provided for Arsenal in the 2011-12 season.
7/8 Abel Hernandez (Hull City)
Steve Bruce has spent the majority of the money he received for the sale of Shane Long on the 24-year-old Hernandez. The Uruguayan had an excellent season in Serie A last year scoring 14 goals for Palermo, but is a bit of a wildcard. The pacey striker will look to develop the same kind of partnership Long enjoyed with Nikica Jelavic last season
8/8 Ricky Alvarez (Sunderland)
Alvarez's signature is a coup for Gus Poyet and Sunderland. The tall Argentina midfielder oozes class and was impressive for Inter Milan last season with four goals and eight assists, before being selected for the World Cup. Sunderland struggled for goals last season and will be hoping Alvarez can provide a spark for their strikers.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Tottenham 5 (Adebayor 2, Kane, Eriksen, Sigurdsson) Sunderland 1 (Cattermole), Premier League, April 2014
Sunderland 1 (Johnson) Tottenham 2 (Paulinho, O’Shea OG), Premier League, December 2013
Tottenham 1 (Bale) Sunderland 0, Premier League, May 2013
John O’Shea has scored in this fixture in each of the past two seasons, just not always at the right end of the pitch!
Spurs have won their last four games against Sunderland.
The Black Cats have won 42.31% of their home games against Spurs.
Two unlikely candidates lead Tottenham’s goalscoring charts – defender Eric Dier and midfielder Nacer Chadli, each on two.
Tottenham’s Erik Lamela has won more free kicks (10) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
Sunderland to win: 3.95
Tottenham to win: 2.2
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.50pm.