TEAM NEWS: Vertonghen on the bench as Dawson captains Tottenham against Sunderland

Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Kilgallon; Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon; Fletcher.

Subs: Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Dong-won, Bramble, Westwood.

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Naughton; Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale; Adebayor, Defoe.

Subs: Dempsey, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Parker, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Friedel.

Sunderland make only one change from the team who beat the Premier League champions in the week, with Danny Rose being unavailable to play against Tottenham due to a condition in the loan agreement between the two clubs. John O'Shea comes in for the left-back, but it is likely that Carlos Cuellar will shift to the left-back position.

The hosts will undoubtedly be looking for a victory after their most recent win against Manchester City, helping to lift them clear of the relegation zone.

Tottenham make two changes from the side who defeated Aston Villa, with Michael Dawson and birthday boy Steven Caulker coming into the line-up for Jan Vertonghen and William Gallas.

Clint Dempsey returns from injury to claim a seat on the substitute bench, but Benoit Assou-Ekotto is yet to return despite resuming full training, with Andre Villas-Boas hoping to build up the defender's match fitness first.

Tottenham could make history with a clean sheet today by making it their fourth one in a row, the first time in the Premier League a club has kept out the opposition four times consecutively.