Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to play Sunderland - Chadli to start?

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Match to be played on Saturday 7th December 2013 at 17:30. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

It is difficult to say who Andre Villas-Boas will decide to play as he chops and changes his team regularly week in week out.

But who will he play against Sunderland this weekend?

GK: Hugo Lloris

No doubt over the goalkeeper. The Frenchman looked back to his best against Fulham in midweek and will surely start this game.

DC: Michael Dawson

Tottenham do often switch things around under AVB, however one player who seems to always be in the team is their captain. That shouldn’t change.

DC: Vlad Chiriches

The Romanian is coming on well at Spurs and has a good balance with Dawson at the back. His broken nose doesn’t seem to be a problem either and he will be involved.

DR: Kyle Walker

Another player who seems to be assured of a place in the team and now seems to be the set-piece taker for the club.

He will be there.

DL: Kyle Naughton

The toughest call is at left-back. Danny Rose will come up short for injury and Jan Vertonghen is also out.

Chiriches could play there while Zeki Fryers is also available.

However Naughton is the obvious and safest decision.

MC: Mousa Dembele

Brazilian Sandro showed signs of fatigue against Fulham and is likely to get a rest.

The like-for-like switch is Etienne Capoue, but he struggled against Fulham so Mousa Dembele could be brought back in after a hip complaint, and a good performance against Manchester United.

MC: Paulinho

AVB is a massive fan of the Brazilian, who may be asked to play further back with this selection.

MC: Lewis Holtby

The German has earned his Spurs for this game after a match-winning moment against Fulham in midweek.

RW: Andros Townsend

Left out for the two most recent games but Townsend is likely to get a recall for this game - as his pace will be a real threat to Sunderland’s defence.

LW: Nacer Chadli

He has not impressed the Tottenham fans just yet, but looks likely to get another chance after Erik Lamela played against The Cottagers.

ST: Roberto Soldado

The Spaniard continues to struggle to find the net, but Jermain Defoe did not fare any better. Expect him to be drafted back in.

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