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Tottenham Vs Reading Preview: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, Match Facts, Highlights and More

White Hart Lane side entertain strugglers Reading to North London.

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PREVIEW

Tottenham Hotspur

Team news: Gareth Bale picked up his fifth domestic yellow card against Sunderland and will sit out the match against
Reading. The trip to the Stadium of Light came too soon for Clint Dempsey (groin) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) but the fit-again Scott Parker made another substitute appearance and Tom Huddlestone was on the bench.

Tottenham (from): Friedel, Lloris, Walker, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Gallas, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Sandro, Huddlestone, Dembele, Parker, Dempsey, Adebayor, Defoe.

Reading

Team news: Manager Brian McDermott could stick with the same starting lineup for the third game running. Despite the fixture pile-up, with his side having taken four points from their previous two Barclays Premier League fixtures McDermott could keep faith with the side who have faired well of late. Defender Sean Morrison returned to the bench for Saturday’s win over West Ham after recovering from an ankle injury, although Jason Roberts (hip) is unlikely to feature and Alex McCarthy (shoulder) is a long-term absentee.

Reading (from): Federici, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Guthrie, Leigertwood, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.

Match officials

Referee: H Webb; Assistants: D Cann, S Massey; Fourth official: P Dowd

SOURCE: Official Premier League

LINE-UPS

Tottenham (Possible, 4-4-2): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Lennon, Parker, Dembélé, Dempsey; Defoe, Adebayor.

Reading (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte; Karacan, Leigertwood; Kébé, Guthrie, McAnuff; Pogrebnyak.

STAT-ATTACK

Head-to-head

Spurs are unbeaten in their last six league and cup games against Reading.

Reading have never won in eight previous visits to White Hart Lane.

They have conceded 24 goals in those eight matches – including six on their last league visit on 29 December 2007 when they lost an extraordinary match 6-4.

Tottenham

Tottenham have suffered only two defeats in their last 20 Premier League games in the month of December (W12 D6 L2).

Spurs have taken 19 points from a possible 24 in their last eight league games.
Andre Villas-Boas’ side are the only Premier League team to score in every away game this season.

Reading

The Royals’ win over West Ham was only their second victory of the season and they have now kept back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season.

It was their first win in nine matches.

Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak goal drought, which had lasted for seven hours and 58 minutes, ended against the Hammers.

SOURCE: BBC Sport


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