Football fans are notoriously superstitious. I figured that out shortly after I took over Cartilage Free Captain’s twitter account and stared live tweeting games. If Spurs took a two goal lead into the final ten minutes of the match and I tweeted something like “Yeah, I think we got this one,” the timeline was inundated with tweets like “WAT R U DOOOIN” and “You just lost us the game m8.”
So I’m definitely not saying that Spurs should have no problem curb-stomping Sunderland today at White Hart Lane, because that would be foolish and naïve. I know better than that. Karma is real.
Tottenham are coming off of a tough week. Europa League hangovers are forestalled for (hopefully) the rest of the season, but Champions League hangovers? Jury’s still out on that one. Spurs are likely going to rotate some, but we don’t know how much yet. It would surprise nobody to see Victor Wanyama in the lineup today against the Black Cats, nor would it be shocking to see Vincent Janssen and Kieran Trippier. But it’s Poche. We really don’t know.
What we do know is that Sunderland is pretty bad and the only reason they’re not bottom of the table is that Stoke is even worse right now. But Sunderland does have David Moyes, who is adept at getting the most out of whatever hodge-podge players he has thrown at him, and a #narrative special in Jermain Defoe. JD Trouble hasn’t scored against Spurs since he came back to England, but there’s a first time for everything.
White Hart Lane is friendly, and nothing would soothe the nerves than a comfortable victory over a terrible Sunderland team. Let’s hope that happens, because everyone’s still going to blame me if it doesn’t.
#THFC team: Lloris (C); Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen; Dembele, Wanyama; Sissoko, Alli, Son; Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/QyuS9GuF1g— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2016
Subs: Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Eriksen, Lamela, Winks, Janssen. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2016
Lee Cattermole makes a welcome return for his first appearance of the season. Starting XI... pic.twitter.com/5O9IZBBhH7— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) September 18, 2016
How to Watch
Date/time: Sunday, September 18th, 2016, 4:30 p.m. (UK), 11:30 a.m. ET (USA)
Venue: The Stadium of Light, Sunderland, UK
Official: Mike Dean
TV: NBCSN (USA), Sky Sports 1/HD (UK), Sportsnet (Canada), Optus Sport (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra (USA), Sky Go (UK)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com, also often at BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live, and TalkSport
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