Predicted Sunderland and Spurs line-ups - Alvarez and Stambouli to start

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As Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur prepare to face each other on Saturday, Vincent Ralph predicts each side’s starting line-up.

Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur should both welcome new players into their match-day squads following some late summer shopping.

The Black Cats could give debuts to Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates (although the latter will have to force either Wes Brown or John O’Shea out of the side) while Tottenham could give chances to Benjamin Stambouli and Federico Fazio.

All four players are likely to have big impacts on their new clubs’ seasons, with Alvarez in particular being tipped to give Gus Poyet’s side that extra spark they need to climb up the table.

Both sides are likely to still be smarting from league defeats prior to the international break, with Sunderland hoping to put the 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers behind them and Tottenham keen to prove the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool was a one-off.

Sunderland injury concerns: Poyet has no current injury concerns or long-term absences as he prepares for the match on Saturday.

Tottenham injury concerns: Mauricio Pochettino has injury worries concerning Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Roberto Soldado, although all three have a good chance of playing at this time.

Kyle Walker is also a doubt although he has been tipped to make his comeback from a pelvic injury in this match.

Predicted starting line-ups:

Sunderland – Mannone, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt, Larsson, Cattermole, Rodwell, Alvarez, Johnson, Wickham

Spurs – Lloris, Dier, Vertonghen, Fazio, Davies, Capoue, Stambouli, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor

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