Sunderland's Jeremain Lens betters Tottenham's Nacer Chadli in four key areas ahead of weekend clash

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Sunderland welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Tottenham travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland this Sunday, with Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his side's first league victory of the season.

The Lilywhites currently occupy 16th in the top-flight table - just one point ahead of their weekend opponents - while the Black Cats lie at the foot of the table, having picked up just two draws. 

Key to the respective club's chances of success may well be the form of Nacer Chadli and Jermain Lens.

The former, who finished the previous campaign as Tottenham's second highest scorer, is yet to hit top gear this season,

Meanwhile, the latter, who arrived in the north of England from Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev during the summer, has impressed in spells despite Sunderland's miserable early form.

The attacking midfielders have one goal each to their name this term, with Lens also picking up two assists in Sunderland colours.

Despite fashioning a greater number of chances and completing more passes in the final third, Chadli's creative efforts have produced less in terms of a final output - having picked up just one assist to date.

Stats per App  TeamKey PassesSuccessful Final Third PassesPassing Accuracy (%)Accurate CrossesShotsConversion Rate (%)Successful DribblesTackles WonAppearances
Nacer Chadli Tottenham 2 11.25 87 0.5 2.25 11 0.25 0.25 4
Jeremain Lens Sunderland 1.25 3.75 58 0.75 1.5 17 2 2.75 4

Indeed, the Belgian international has recorded both more key passes and attempts at goal. However, his overall conversion rate is markedly lower than that of his Dutch counterpart, who has scored from 17% of his total attempts.

Lens has clearly struggled at times when in possession, with an overall passing accuracy of 58%, but his superior dribbling and willingness to assist in a defensive capacity - 2.75 tackles per game to Chadli's 0.25 - gives him a definite advantage.

In an attacking sense, Lens could prove the difference for Sunderland when the two teams meet on Sunday, especially if he retains his composure in front of goal. There is no doubt he is key to the Black Cats' chances from an creative perspective.

However, after a slow start to the campaign, Chadli will be looking to rediscover his form of last season - a level that saw him score on 11 occasions - and a high-stakes tie against a struggling Sunderland side could provide the perfect occasion to do just that. 

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