Erik Lamela Tottenham
Tottenham forward Erik Lamela controls the ball in their Europa League match against Tromso, September 19Reuters

A place at the top of the table will be up for grabs for Tottenham as they travel to Cardiff City in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Spurs have made a bright start to the Premier League season and currently sit third. But they could go top of the league, depending on the Arsenal vs Stoke City result.

Andre Villas-Boas has so far coped reasonably well with the loss of Gareth Bale, but only as the season wears on will it be clear just how much the Welsh forward will be missed.

Spurs had an easy outing on Europa League Thursday against Tromso, but the win was marred by injuries to three of Tottenham's players, all of whom had to be taken off.

"(Tottenham's team) looks like a Champions League squad now," Cardiff manager Malky Mackay said. "It is absolutely a match for the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. The players he already had were a good top-six team, but I think they have strength in depth. They may have a big fixture list, but they also have a big squad full of quality.

"They've bought very well. To have such a match winner like Gareth Bale made them a different team at times and his departure was a huge hole to fill. They've filled it very, very well however. Because of the size of the fee it has allowed Spurs to go out and bring in seven or eight real high quality footballers."

However, Cardiff are far from pushovers and have been impressive in patches this season, picking up five points in four matches. Mackay believes the belief is seeping into the squad and the more they impress the more the confidence will grow.

"In periods of the games we've actually been as good if not better than the opposition in terms of possession," Mackay added.

"I think one of the goals against Manchester City and the equaliser against Hull last weekend are probably two of the best goals we've scored as a team. That really pleases me.

"That belief is there in the camp and is certainly there within myself but it's like everything, when the evidence is there you are more convinced.

"I see people's character growing and it breeds confidence if a group are together for a good period of time and they start taking more ownership of their own impact on the game and the guy next to them."

Team News: Villas-Boas believes the three players - Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele and Younes Kaboul -- that picked up knocks against Tromso, should all be fine for the weekend's clash, but Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue are definitely out. Summer Vlad Chiriches could feature for the first time for Spurs after finally being granted a work permit.

Cardiff will welcome back Craig Bellamy and goalkeeper David Marshall, after both of them missed last weekend's match against Hull. Striker Andreas Cornelius, though, remains sidelined with an ankle problem.

Where to watch

The match is scheduled for an 8.30 p.m. start with no Live telecast scheduled. You can watch the game online by clicking the official link HERE.

Expected lineups: Cardiff: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine; Turner, Caulker, Taylor; Bellamy, Medel, Gunnarsson, Kim, Whittingham; Campbell.

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Paulinho, Dembele; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado.

Prediction: 2-1 to Spurs