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Writers Prediction League: Tottenham Hotspur at Sunderland

Michael Regan

Demolition. Tottenham Hotspur were taken to the cleaners in their last match, losing 3-0 at home to Liverpool in a game that certainly broke Spurs' run of hot form. Major questions were raised about the defense, most specifically with the play of Younes Kaboul. However, the arrival of new signings Federico Fazio (centerback) and Benjamin Stambouli (defensive midfield) could be the reinforcements Spurs needed for their spine. Can Tottenham turn their results back around coming out of the international break?

In the way today is Sunderland, coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss away to lowly QPR. The loss left Sunderland with two points on the season, good enough for 13th on the league table. New signing Jack Rodwell has been an impactful addition to the Sunderland midfield, while the old guard of Lee Cattermole, Seb Larsson, Wes Brown, and John O'Shea are all mainstays of the Black Cats' XI. Gus Poyet has struggled to find goals in his side, so can he do so against a normally staunch Spurs' defense?

As for the Prediction League, only Ashlock and Caley foresaw Liverpool beating Spurs. The rules remain the same in the Prediction League -- one point for a correct prediction and a bonus point for getting the score correct. Here are the current standings:

Michael Caley 3
Mechanick 2
Uncle Menno 2
Dominic Wood 2
Ben Daniels 2
Ryan 2
Brett Rainbow 2
Skipjack 2
Kevin 2
Salmon Chase 1
Ed 1
Bryan A.


This week's predictions:

Uncle Menno: Three out of the last four times we've visited the Stadium of Light we've finished 2-1. I see no reason to abandon precedent. Lee Cattermole scores a 30-yard screamer because of course he does. 2-1 Spurs.

Kevin: Sunderland suck. 3-0 Spurs.

Mechanick: Sunderland keep it ugly, but another Dier set piece goal proves the winner. 1-0 Spurs

Ryan: Yeah, no don't put me down for cardio. 2-0 Spurs.

Bryan A.: Kane finally gets a start in the league and scores a brace. 3-0 Spurs

Ed: 2-0 Spurs

Salmon Chase: I am returning to my strategy of copying off one of the smart kids. 1-0 Spurs

Ben Daniels: Sunderland starts Wes Brown and John O'Shea in 2014. Also they lost to QPR. 3-0 Spurs.

Dominic Wood: 2-0 Tottenham. I say we play all of our matches during new stadium construction on the moon.

Michael Caley: 1-0 Spurs. Sunderland can defend a little, but I don't know if they can score.

Skipjack: Tottenham aren't owned by an American yet so we'll have to wait to win by a touchdown. We'll have to settle for a field goal. 3-0 Spurs

Brett Rainbow: 3-0 Spurs. Eriksen finally gets his season going.