Match to be played on Monday 7th April 2014 at 20:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.
Tottenham have had plenty of time to reflect on being turned over against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.
Maybe that’s a good thing as it will create ambition to produce a better performance against Sunderland this Monday or maybe it’s a bad thing as it’s created the time for Spurs to overanalyse the incident.
Tim Sherwood’s injury list hasn’t decreased in size and he could find it difficult to pick his side this week. Here’s the team he may opt for.
GK – Hugo Lloris
One of the easier selections Sherwood has to contend with. Lloris allows Spurs to play a higher defensive line and maintain pressure.
RB – Kyle Naughton
Naughton will continue to deputise in the absence of Kyle Walker. He needs to do the basics well and make sure he contains Adam Johnson throughout.
CB – Michael Dawson
With Jan Vertonghen picking up an injury against Liverpool, there’s a chance for Dawson to move back into central defence.
CB – Younes Kaboul
Kaboul should retain his place on the left side of central defence. It’s important for the side that he stays switched on and focused throughout.
LB – Danny Rose
Rose has extra incentive to play well in this game because it’s against the team he represented on loan last season. His pace will be important down his side of the pitch.
RM – Aaron Lennon
Lennon will be an important attacking player for Spurs on the right. They need him to press and use his pace to keep the Sunderland left-back from getting up the pitch.
CM – Sandro
Sherwood may stick Sandro back into the midfield to create a bit of aggression and an extra layer of protection for the back four.
CM – Nabil Bentaleb
Bentaleb has progressed well under Sherwood, who seems determined to carry on using him in the heart of his midfield despite some poor results.
AM – Christian Eriksen
Eriksen is the best player Tottenham have in that number ten type role. He won’t always stay there and could rotate frequently with whoever starts at left midfield.
LM – Nacer Chadli
Chadli can provide a bit of control over on the left. He’s not the most explosive or exciting wide player but he’s a decent option and someone who can provide natural width to the team.
ST – Roberto Soldado
Soldado should continue to lead the attack if Emmanuel Adebayor hasn’t recovered from a foot injury.