Capoue vs Cattermole: Who will win the midfield battle this weekend?

Lee Cattermole

Tottenham travel to Sunderland on Saturday and a key battle in midfield could go a long way to deciding who comes out on top.

The Premier League returns after the international break this weekend and Spurs will hope to get back to winning ways when they take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

Former Spurs player and coach Gus Poyet has seen his Sunderland side pick up two points so far, and their 1-0 loss at Queens Park Rangers last time out will leave the Black Cats desperate to get a result.

Spurs started the season brightly under Mauricio Pochettino, but a 3-0 thumping at home to Liverpool in their last game means an immediate response is needed in what will be a testing game.

A key battle in the middle of the park could go a long way to deciding who wins the game, and both side's have influential midfielders who will look to break up play and move the ball forward.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has started the season brightly and calls have been made for him to earn an England call up in the near future as a result.

Likewise Etienne Capoue has started the new season in good form and looks set to play a key role in the side under Pochettino this season.

The Frenchman has made more than 100 touches than any other Spurs player and will hope to pull the strings from deep in midfield once again on Saturday.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsChances CreatedAccurate Pass / appsWon Tackle / appsAerial Won / appsInterception / appsTouches / appsMins
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 3 0 1 89.00 1.00 0.67 3.00 112.67 270
Lee Cattermole Sunderland MF 3 1 0 32.67 1.67 0 2.00 50.33 270

Cattermole scored the Black Cats' first goal of the season with a fantastic long-range effort against West Brom, though he has yet to create a chance for a teammate, and has made less than half the amount of accurate passes per game than the Spurs man.

Capoue has been heavily involved in each of Spurs's games this season and the Frenchman has won more interceptions and aerial duels per game too, with Cattermole yet to win a header this season.

Cattermole has won more tackles per appearance, though he will need to up his game to match Capoue in this weekend's encounter.

Sunderland will hope to get their first win of the new campaign against a Spurs side looking to prove their credentials by bouncing back from a frustrating loss to Liverpool last time out.

The battle between Cattermole and Capoue in midfield should be enjoyable to watch, and whoever comes out on top could have a large say in what team walks away with three points this weekend.

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