Mauricio Pochettino's men will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they face the Black Cats but our tipster is backing goals at both ends at White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur struggled to adapt to their surroundings as they stumbled to defeat in their Champions League curtain-raiser on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino's men were beaten 2-1 by Monaco at Wembley and Spurs will be hoping for a happy homecoming when they face struggling Sunderland at White Hart Lane. Spurs have won each of their last five home fixtures against the Black Cats and are chalked up as bet365's 3/10 (1.30) favourites to claim a sixth successive success against Sunderland on home turf.
David Moyes' side suffered a bruising 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Everton on Monday night and, having picked up just one point from their opening four Premier League fixtures, Sunderland will be desperate to kickstart their campaign with a morale-boosting win.
History, though, is against the visitors, for Sunderland have picked up just four points from their previous 15 visits to White Hart Lane in the Premier League, while Spurs are unbeaten in 12 top-flight tussles against the Black Cats.
Furthermore, Sunderland have failed to win any of their previous 23 fixtures played in either August or September - a run that stretches back to 2012 - and the 9/1 (10.0) quote offered up by the odds compilers for an away win suggests that Moyes' men cannot be backed with confidence to put that particular statistic to bed against Spurs, while bet365 offer 9/2 (5.50) that the Black Cats pick up a precious point in north London.
Harry Kane, the leading marksman in the Premier League last season, opened his account for this campaign as Spurs strolled to a hugely impressive 4-0 win against Stoke City last weekend and the 23-year-old striker will surely fancy his chances of getting his name on the scoresheet against a Sunderland side that has managed just one cleansheet in their last 14 Premier League matches away from home.
The England frontman can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) to break the deadlock against the Black Cats, while bet365 offer 8/11 (1.73) that Kane scores his first home goal of the season against Moyes' outfit.
Former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is expected to spearhead Sunderland's attack and the hosts will need to be wary of the 33-year-old striker's prowess in front of goal, for he has found the net in each of his last six Premier League matches away from home.
Defoe is chalked up as a 10/1 (11.0) chance to mark his return to White Hart Lane with the opening goal of the game, while the odds compilers offer 3/1 (4.0) that the Sunderland striker finds the net at any time against his former club.
There is plenty of potential for goals in this game, for five of the last six matches between the sides has seen three or more goals scored, while both sides have found the target in each of those five games - despite Sunderland's dismal record in this fixture.
In addition, Monday's defeat against Everton was the first time in nine competitive fixtures that Sunderland have failed to score, while Spurs have found the net in all but one of their last 21 Premier League matches. Backing both teams to score, therefore, at 21/20 (2.05) offers superb value and, as such, it is this selection that is the recommended play for punters ahead of Sunday's showdown.