PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Reading v Tottenham – the action from the Madejski Stadium as it happens
14:51 GMT, 16 September 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Reading host Tottenham at the Madejski Stadium for Sunday's only top flight fixture. Both sides are still searching for their first wins of the campaign having picked up just one and two points respectively. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or via Twitter @Ripinho.
Reading v Tottenham (4pm)
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Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce,
Gorkss, Harte, McCleary, Leigertwood, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff,
Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Shorey, Mariappa, Le Fondre, Hunt,
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker,
Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Dembele, Bale,
Defoe. Subs: Lloris, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Adebayor, Dawson, Townsend,
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
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15.49: Quick warning to you out there as I'm sure many of you will be wondering why when you see it.
Forward, Clint Dempsey will wear the number 2 shirt for Tottenham, but it was his choice as it was the number given to him by his parents. The American wore it right from when he first kicked a ball as a toddler.
15.46: Mousa Dembele makes his full Tottenham debut as Andre Villas-Boas looks to register his first win in charge away to Reading.
Kyle Naughton makes his first Barclays Premier League start in place of Benoit Assou-Ekotto while new signings Clint Dempsey and Hugo Lloris are named among the Spurs substitutes.
Reading boss Brian McDermott drops Adam Federici from his matchday squad after three disappointing performances from the Australia goalkeeper.
15.41: It's also interesting to see Jermain Defoe starts up front on his own again. I struggle to think of an occasion when that ever worked, many Spurs fans might too.
15.38: Interesting thoughts from Villas-Boas before the match in an interview with Sky Sports.
He claims Friedel will remain No. 1 in the Premier League and that Lloris completely understands the situation.
He also pointed out that Spurs have only played badly in one match (the home draw to Norwich).
The Portuguese boss has a point, but in a results driven business it isn't happening for him so far.
15.35: Full line-ups from the Madejski Stadium:
Reading v Tottenham
Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, McCleary, Leigertwood, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Shorey, Mariappa, Le Fondre, Hunt, Robson-Kanu, Cummings.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Defoe. Subs: Lloris, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Adebayor, Dawson, Townsend, Caulker.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
15.30: From OptaJoe:
9 – Only Sunderland (10) have lost more PL matches to newly-promoted sides in the last five seasons than Spurs. Tripped
15.27: It's also worth noting Chris Gunter lines up against his former side, with the Reading full-back featuring 16 times in 18 months between 2008 and 2009 at Tottenham.
Meanwhile Lloris makes the Spurs bench alongside fellow new signing Clint Dempsey.
Good old days: Gylfi Sigurdsson (left) celebrates scoring for Reading against Liverpool in 2010
15.24: Other news sees Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson making a starting return to Reading.
The Icelandic midfielder began his career at the Madejski Stadium in 2008 before being sold to Hoffenheim for 6m two years later. The home fans will have fond memories of him.
15.21: All the goalkeeping talk this week has been about Brad Friedel keeping out Hugo Lloris for Spurs, but it seems Reading want in on the gloves war too.
Adam Federici is dropped from the starting line-up as 22-year-old Alex McCarthy takes his place – he has 16 previous appearances for the club.
15.18: Tottenham starting XI:
Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sandro, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Bale, Lennon, Defoe.
15.15: Reading starting XI:
McCarthy, Gunter, Harte, Gorkss, Pearce, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary, Guthrie, Pogrebnyak.
15.10: If you never needed proof that patience is becoming a thing of football past, you only have to go down to Tottenham these days.
Already new manager, Andre Villas-Boas is feeling the heat following three games and just two points.
Failure to win today will pile more pressure on the Portuguese boss, but all this seems ridiculously premature.
It seems AVB has backing from his full-back Kyle Walker though, who has called for calm as a new-look Spurs side try to gel.
15.00: Just the one Premier League game today but what a potentially cracking one it is. New boys Reading play their first game in nearly a month as they host a struggling Spurs side still looking for their first win under Andre Villas-Boas. It's unlikely to fall flat whatever way it goes and the team news is on the way.
Slow starts: Reading and Tottenham are yet to record league victories this term