Gus Poyet
Poyet looks for Sunderland's first win of the season against Tottenham

Sunderland host Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

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Kick-off is at 3 pm BST. There is no live TV coverge of this game. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30 pm BST on BBC1.


Sunderland welcome a wounded Tottenham to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, and Gus Poyet will hope to get one over his former team, who are now managed by fellow Argentine and friend Mauricio Pochettino.

Poyet has a fully fit squad to choose from and new signings Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates could be handed debuts by the manager. The Black Cats are yet to win a game this season and the manager will hope that Emmanuele Giacherrini and Sebastian Larrson can carry their international form to help Sunderland to their first win of the campaign.

Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Meanwhile, Tottenham will want to atone for their 3-0 loss at home to Liverpool before the international break and get back to winning ways. The manager will be aware that these are the games the team has to win if they are serious about fighting for a Champions League spot this season.

The Tottenham lineup could also feature a couple of debutants, with Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli set to play some part in the game. The north London club will be without striker Roberto Soldado and right-back Kyle Walker, but otherwise the manager has the full squad at his disposal.

Stat of the Match: Tottenham are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games against Sunderland.

What Managers Say

Gus Poyet (Sunderland): " They also have a new manager who is a good friend which gives it something special, but it is big game for us and it will be very challenging. We need to make sure we are at our best and control the game as much as we can whilst being clinical in front of goal – I think it will be an exciting game."

Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): "The most important thing is how we are, and it's important to be ready and focused on our job. We are ready to play a good game, and we expect to be better than Sunderland to win the three points. I know Gus [Sunderland boss Poyet], I have a very good relationship with him. Last season he did an amazing job. It's a tough game for us, we expect a tough, tough game on Saturday.

Betting Odds (

  • Sunderland to win: 45/17
  • Tottenham to win: 11/10
  • Draw: 27/11

Team News


Probable Line-up: Mannone; Vergini, O'Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt; Cattermole; Johnson, Rodwell, Larsson, Álvarez; Fletcher.


Probable Line-up: Lloris; Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Stambouli; Lamela, Chadli, Eriksen; Adebayor.