Sunderland is running out of time. Items must try to be very fast, otherwise we see Sunderland next year not return to the Premier League. Succeeds then against Tottenham Hotspur?
Sunderland has the Africa Cup as a very frustrating experience, because it was missing some of its key strengths in the Premier League. Those were Lamine Koné, Wahbi Khazri and Didier Ndong. These three players are, however, returned again, so Sunderland can again appeal to them. The only other problem is that Sunderland with Patrick van Aanholt has sold another major power to Crystal Palace. Reportedly wants Sunderland with that bid before Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo from Everton recovered.
That strengthening can use Sunderland good because Sunderland have lost their last three games in a row in all competitions. After it was eliminated in the FA Cup by Burnley (2-0), Sunderland also once lost the important away match against West Bromwich Albion (2-0). Sunderland lost four of his last five league games, but in-house know The Black Cats have to deal with some regularity points. They did include Liverpool in a 2-2 draw.
The problem of Sunderland this season scoring goals. Sunderland had only four scorers sitting in his squad. That Sunderland has the least number of goalscorers of all the other teams in the five top European divisions. Of those four players also left another one (Patrick van Aanholt) to Crystal Palace and the other (Victor Anichebe) injured. It all looks so not very bright for Sunderland.
Mannone, Love, Koné, O’Shea, Denayer, Ndong, Rodwell, Borini, Januzaj, Larsson, Defoe
They will be in North London by now be tired; must constantly in pursuit. Last year was the season of Tottenham mainly dominated by the pursuit of leader and eventual champion Leicester City, and this year Tottenham have a backlog of nine points to make up on Chelsea. That seems unlikely, as well as the margins around the top four are so small that Tottenham also just outside the Champions League boat can fall.
Ten days ago Tottenham have played with any luck with a 2-2 draw at Mancester City, making it a major competitor, at least for a moment behind him. Last weekend Tottenham played the home game against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup and stood at halftime behind 0-2. Tottenham came back to 2-2, then came back to 2-3 behind, but still made the 3-3 and 4-3 in the final. Of course there were a number of second choices in the field, but Pochettino had to bring in players like Dembélé and Alli to turn the tide.
Dele Alli also scored the equalizer in the 89th minute and had an important share in the memorable comeback by Tottenham. The English midfielder this season has already created eleven goals in 21 Premier League games and has made more goals now than in the entire previous season. In addition, we have this weekend might keep an eye on Son Heung-Min, who seems to score above all on foreign soil. Six of his seven goals this season in the Premier League were made outdoors. The question is whether it is in the base, now players like Alli, Eriksen and Kane are in top form.
Lloris, Animal, Alderweireld, Davies, Walker, Wanyama, Dembélé, Pink, Alli, Eriksen, Kane