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Arrival of Son can get Kane shining once more for Spurs

12 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Arrival of Son can get Kane shining once more for Spurs

The addition of a helping hand up front ought to solve Spurs' striking problems, although Sunderland's issues may prove much harder to solve

Following her decision to allow her husband to stay in England and manage their team for one more season, Sunderland supporters raised more than £1,500 in order to buy flowers for Dick Advocaat’s wife as a show of gratitude for her understanding.

Given the way that their season has gone so far, they could perhaps be forgiven for wishing that they had spent the money on a flight back to Holland or some other retirement present that the pair could enjoy together.

Advocaat is currently the overwhelming favourite to be the first Premier League manager to lose his job, with Sunderland rock bottom of the table and without a victory so far this season.

His counterpart on Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino, is also winless and another boss with whom the fans’ patience is wearing thin.

After such uninspiring starts to the season and following an awkward transfer window that failed to convincingly address the shortcomings in their side that were obvious for the majority of the last campaign, both are in desperate need of some respite.

With Sunderland conceding the highest number of goals in the Premier League so far and Spurs scoring the joint fewest, it is not immediately obvious where that might come from.

Spurs can take confidence from their recent record against the Black Cats however, with seven wins and three draws from their last 10 meetings.

Sunderland have not kept a clean sheet against Spurs in their last six meetings, losing five and salvaging a draw in the sixth thanks to a late own goal.

All of which, ironically, bodes well for the scorer of that own goal – Harry Kane.

The striker broke his season duck with two well-taken strikes in just over an hour on the pitch across England’s two qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.

Having rediscovered his touch, Kane is 6/1 to score first in a Tottenham win on Sunday.

He will certainly benefit from the presence of a long-awaited strike partner up front alongside him in Son Heung-Min – another man who enjoyed a productive international break after netting a hat-trick against Laos.

The South Korean is set to start his first game for Spurs since joining for £22m and is 5/1 to score the first goal and 6/4 to net at any time.

Advocaat, meanwhile, will be hoping that it is an old Tottenham striker rather than a new one who is on song up front.

Jermain Defoe already has two league goals to his name as well as a League Cup hat-trick against Exeter City, and is 9/4 to come back to haunt his former club with a goal at any time.

If his efforts are to count for anything, however, then Sunderland must tighten up at the back.

Officially the league’s slowest starters, they have found themselves behind at the break in all four of their Premier League games so far.

Tottenham’s problem on the other hand is not taking the lead, but hanging onto it – having drawn both games in which they have scored first by conceding three goals during the last 15 minutes.

With this is mind, a bet at 14/1 for Spurs to be leading at half-time and drawing by full-time looks particularly good value.

Both Pochettino and Advocaat will certainly be hoping that does not prove the case, and that their sides can learn from their mistakes so far this season.

Otherwise, it could soon be their respective boards setting aside money to fund their departure rather than supporters raising funds to ensure they stay.

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