Spurs in particular have been in disappointing form, having won just three points from four games, scoring only three goals.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men therefore need to get their act together quickly after such a slow start, and should be aiming for no less than a win against Sunderland – who are once more expected to be fighting relegation.
Here’s how we think Tottenham will line up on Sunday…
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GK – Hugo Lloris
Spurs could perhaps count themselves fortunate that a goalkeeper of such quality is content with missing out on Champions League football.
RB – Kyle Walker
Expect Walker to get forward often against the Black Cats.
CB – Toby Alderweireld
Signed in the summer and looks set to remain first-choice in the heart of the defence alongside Vertonghen.
CB – Jan Vertonghen
The Belgium international is the leader in defence, and looks to have formed a solid partnership with Alderweireld.
LB – Danny Rose
Rose looks to have cemented left-back as his for Spurs, and he should be aiming to get himself in the England squad.