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Mauricio Pochettino will hope his side can bounce back immediately this weekend as Tottenham travel to Sunderland on Saturday.

A three-nil home defeat to Liverpool burst the Spurs bubble and showed that the side from north London still have a way to go before they can compete for more than just fourth place.

However, the defeat to last season’s runners up is the only blot on Pochettino’s copybook and there is still hope Tottenham can enjoy a rewarding season under the Argentine.

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Roberto Soldado is the only doubt due to stiffness in his neck that saw him miss out on the defeat to Liverpool, while Kyle Walker remains a long term absentee with an abdominal injury. New signings Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli could make their debuts.

Five in a row?

Spurs have a fine recent record against the side from Wearside, having won their last four matches, and remain unbeaten in their last twelve Premier League matches against Gus Poyet’s men.

Poyet played 82 times for the White Hart Lane club, and after ending Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge will be hoping to end another run of a former club.

Sunderland could hand debuts to loan signings Ricky Alvarez and Sebastien Coates, and has no injury worries

Tottenham stats

- Spurs have the fifth best record in the league this calendar year

- They have been shown more red cards (1) than yellow cards (0) in the Premier League this season

- Etienne Capoue has attempted (301) and completed (267) the most passes in the league

- Erik Lamela has won the most free kicks (10) than any other Premier League player

- Tottenham’s last four wins on Wearside have all been 2-1

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