Tottenham have gone five games unbeaten against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light going into Sunday’s latest Wearside encounter.
Fabio Borini is expected to make his second debut for Sunderland after signing on a permanent basis from Liverpool, but on-loan Spurs defender DeAndre Yedlin is ineligible against his parent club.
The Black Cats are also without Adam Johnson and Jordi Gomez, who are back in training but not yet match fit.
Tottenham, meanwhile, could hand a debut to Son Heung-min, but Clinton N’Jie is not quite ready to feature as he works his way towards match fitness.
Christian Eriksen misses out with a knee injury, with Mousa Dembele also expected to remain on the sidelines with a foot problem.
- At the Stadium of Light, Sunderland are without a victory in their last five Premier League meetings with Tottenham, (D2 L3), conceding exactly two goals in four of those games.
- Sunderland have now gone 10 Premier League games without a win against Tottenham (D3 L7), with their last top-flight win against the Lilywhites coming in April 2010 (3-1).
- Tottenham have averaged 2.75 goals per game in their last four PL games against the Black Cats (11 goals in total).
- Under Dick Advocaat, Sunderland have averaged 1.3 points in their six PL home games (W2 D2 L2), after managing 0.64 per game in the 11 home PL games before that under Gus Poyet (W1 D4 L6).
- Tottenham have failed to score in half of their last eight Premier League away games and have netted just twice in their last four.
- Tottenham have failed to win their first four games of a Premier League season for the first time since 2008-09.
- Harry Kane has now scored only two goals from 28 shots in his last 12 Premier League appearances. In the 12 PL games before that, he scored 14 goals from 33 shots.
- Eight of the 10 goals the Black Cats have conceded in the PL this season have come in the first half.
- Three of the four goals Tottenham have conceded this season in the top division have come in the final 15 minutes of their games.
- The Black Cats have drawn more PL games in 2015 than any other side (8).