Sissoko was handed a start against Juventus in pre-season and, despite a few erratic moments, generally impressed.
However, Benitez is not convinced Mauricio Pochettino's team will be distracted. The players were very calm and we were calm.
And therefore a strong showing from Davies on Sunday would help everyone at the club and strengthen the Welshman's own position. So, effectively, they will play all of their matches away from home.
The French worldwide still remains part of the squad, though, and could start away to his old club on Sunday.
Now, Savage believes they will suffer a similar fate and has tipped a 2-1 win for the Magpies over Tottenham in his predictions for the weekend. It was a hard deal to turn down, especially as the player wanted the move, but Pochettino will argue that it isn't a great loss.
They were the only side that have been involved in the title race during both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns and the only to have gone through the whole of last season unbeaten at home - a record that separated them from the other top six hopefuls, barring Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino has seen Manchester rivals United and City spend big this summer but claims Tottenham are trying to "win in a different way".
Their chairmen Daniel Levy would rather invest his money in building out the infrastructure of the club, including Tottenham's new 61,000-seater stadium in north London and their state of the art training facilities for the first team and the youth academy. Ross Barkley could yet move to North London as he has been heavily linked throughout the summer, but there hasn't been a lot of progress made on that deal.
Nobody really expects Spurs to make zero signings in the transfer window, but at the time of this writing the only signing that looks likely is Ross Barkley from Everton, whom Pochettino seems to think could be Mousa Dembele's replacement in Spurs' midfield.
Spurs remain the only Premier League side yet to add a new player to their squad, despite selling Kyle Walker, Nabil Bentaleb, Clinton N'Jie and Federico Fazio. Hugo Lloris will play behind a first choice back three of Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Danny Rose, the English left back, urged his club to start spending in an interview with The Sun.
"As a starting 11 we have one of the best in the league, without a shadow of a doubt, but after that". If he is to have an important season, he needs to make an impact quickly because he is now Spurs' third striker behind Harry Kane and Son. Second-choice striker Vincent Janssen struggled throughout the campaign to score goals.