The last time these two sides met Tottenham left by far the happier side, with an impressive 5-1 victory. However both teams are coming in to this game off the back of a defeat and both managers will see a win as vital, in order to kick on and not lose form so early on in the season.
In their last fixture Tottenham seemed to be keeping possession very well and with Eric Dier achieving a 83.3% pass completion rate and the defender also managed to get forward to make 3 crosses throughout the game, although it wasn’t enough to secure the final result they so desired, the effort was certainly made and it may pay off for them in their next fixture.
Dembele came on for Tottenham and played just over half an hour making an impressive 26 passes in the time he was on the field, with 91.9% of these passes reaching their desired destination. Dembele was doing his best to help Tottenham gain a foothold in the game but unfortunately for Spurs his efforts went un-rewarded. Should he continue to record statistics such as these then his hard work may pay off for his team and win him a place in the starting lineup.
Emmanuel Adebayor was the lone man upfront for Tottenham but was unable to find the net against Liverpool. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index Adebayor still seemed to show a lot of attacking intent. The Togolese striker attempted seven dribbles, and although only three of these were successful, such positive play could prove rewarding this weekend against Sunderland.
Sunderland players also came out of last weekend’s fixtures with some impressive stats according to the EA Player Performance Index. Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini managed to complete 87.5% of his passes successfully, which wasn’t enough to help them to victory.
Sunderland’s Seb Larsson was certainly working really hard and if he continues to hit these figures then it is not unforeseeable to see see Sunderland come out victorious this weekend. Larson toped Vergini’s pass completion rate as he hit an impressive 89.1% pass completion rate. In addition, the midfielder also hit a top speed of 32.50kmph and so it’s highly likely he will make a positive contribution against Tottenham.
Patrick Van Aanholt is new to the Sunderland squad this season and from this week’s stats he is further displaying the pace that he brings to the team, reaching a top speed of 33.30kmph, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The former Chelsea player will be looking to use his pace to get up and down the left hand side this weekend and cause problems.
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