Our team to face Reading – what’s yours?

by Matthew Harris on September 14, 2012

Er…. Well, the back four picks itself but there are questions everywhere else on the pitch starting in goal.

This is probably the first time since we’ve been doing this that there has been a keeper choice. The Friedel / Lloris debate has largely dominated the headlines pertaining to the club but few of us would be surprised to see Brad between the posts on Sunday.

In front of the back four, the real questions begin with AVB looking to choose from around seven names for, at best, five available places.

The only player who seems certain of a place is Bale on the left so that leaves Livermore, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Dembele, Lennon and Dempsey and anyone I may have forgotten. Will Villas-Boas look to accommodate the former Fulham men or will one, or both, start from the bench?

Up front, it’s been reported that the club has been working on Adebayor’s fitness since he arrived and it seems likely that he will resume his role as the club’s lone striker.

If AVB persists with 4-2-3-1 then here’s what we think but at this stage of the season there’s a big element of guesswork – what’s your view?

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

BobbyH September 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Just a small tweek, Dembele and Sandro, bench Livermore and have Deuce just behind Ade. COYS

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S C September 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’ll second that.

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Istillluvking September 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I do apologize, but who is Deuce?
COYS

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elwehbi September 15, 2012 at 7:00 am

Dempsey is Deuce.

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Paul Wright September 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

why?

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Ted September 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Now it could be a very wild statement, but what if Dembele drops in for Livermore and Dempsey comes in behind Ade? in which case perhaps a stronger Siggy could be prefered to Lennon to provide some extra strength when defending.. either way the squad looks great at the moment. 3 points please!

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FALAH HAMDI September 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I WILL SECOND THAT.

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FUCK OFF JAKE LIVERMORE September 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Livermore is pathetic, when he plays we lose its as simple as that.

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Tottenham Larsen September 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Lloris
Walker Dawson Vertonghen BAE

Sandro Livermore

Lennon Dembele Bale

Ade

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Robsy September 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

As a Royals Fan – I will be happy not to face the Sig! If utilised correctly he can be unplayable with his late runs and ability to shoot from practically anywhere. So fine by me if he comes on to a rousing reception in the final minute when you are 2 down.

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darren yarlett September 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

gallas, livermore and lennon should not even get close to the 11. you wouldnt see any top side playing 2 DM vs reading so why do we.

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Mark September 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Agree fully with Gllas and Livermore.

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FUCK OFF JAKE LIVERMORE September 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Anyone that picks Livermore is dumb.

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hot.spur September 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Thats the team he prob will start with .my team: lloris,walker,vertinghan.Dawson.bae,seggurson.demeble.sandro.bale.dempsey.addy up front start all the new boys let them gel.

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Ben September 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Dembele to take Livermore’s position and Dempsey in behind Adebayor. Agree with the rest.

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Mark September 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Spot on !!!!!!!!

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birdcage September 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

No more Livermore!!! Doesn’t anyone remember Danny Blanchflower’s words?

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Dizzlespurs September 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I would opt for 4-4-2 with defoe or adebayor dropping off one another throughout.. until dempsey gets a bit more fitness before diverting back. I would also bring Caulker in for Gallas.

Friedel

Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, BAE

Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale

Defoe, Adebayor

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FUCK OFF JAKE LIVERMORE September 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

This is the team we should play.

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Paul Wright September 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

definately!

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vtveteran September 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I would say that most of the back 4 picks itself, but one of the centre back slots is still up for grabs between Gallas, Caulker and Dawson, depending on how they’ve done in training. Dembele I feel should also play deeper; we need more creativity than the last games:

Friedel
Walker – Caulker – Vertoghen – BAE
Sandro – Dembele
Lennon – Sigurdsson – Bale
Adebayor

Unless he’s playing a blinder, sub Lennon for Dempsey at the hour mark.

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Steve September 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

This team looks good. I am unsure about Caulker because it is still early. Dempsey could replace either Lennon, Sigurdsson or Adebayor.

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Daniel September 15, 2012 at 4:25 am

What would be a better opponent for Caulker to get some playing time? He showed he’s quality last season and deserves a chance.

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Jimbo September 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Can’t see him starting Livermore as him and Sandro form about an effective partnership as Lampard and Gerrard. Would like Caulker to have a go, but would imagine he’ll start with the regular back 4. Friedel to start after the Norwich performance.

Friedel.
BAE Gallas Vert Walker
Sandro Dembele
Lennon Sigi or Dempsey Bale
Ade

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Jimbo September 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Sorry wrong sides for Beni and Walker…

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Dyl September 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I don’t understand why you’d say the back 4 pick themselves when you have Caulker on the fringe of starting.I think there could be a slight change in the CB position.

I completely disagree that Sandro and Livermore are going to start as 2 holding midfielders….If anything he’s learnt from that mistake.

If I was to pick the team, 4-5-1 seems like the only viable option, for me anyway.

Friedel

Walker Caulker Vertonghen Assou

Lennon(Wing) Sandro Bale(Wing)

Dempsey(CAM) Dembele(CAM)

Ade

I see goals coming from this!

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WestSydeSpur September 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Friedel
Walker…Gallas/Daws…Vertonghen…BAE
Sandro…Dembele
Lennon/Dempsey(sub)…Siggy…Bale
Adebayor/Defoe(sub)

Desperately need creativity & a fulcrum in the middle of the park. Wish we didn’t let VDV go but in AVB I trust!!! I’m not sure about both Sandro & Livermore together yet although I would understand the pairing this week as we’re away from home. With both Dembele & Siggy in the middle that offers us both creativity & players who can track back to tackle etc when needed! Lloris will probably get his start in our next home game. COYS!!!

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TonyRich September 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Those who suggest Lennon should not play might reconsider if they realise that Reading at left back play 35 year old Ian Harte – a guy who is mainly still playing due his dead ball skills….

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Istillluvking September 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Very good point. Lets make Lennon make Harte look like Maicon when he got owned by Bale at The Lane…..
Ohh I miss CL.

COYS

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Borris September 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Friedel/Loris

Walker Gallas Vert BAE

Sandro Sigurdson

Dembele

Lennon Bale

Adebyor

Lennon for Dempsey – Dempsey in the hole, Dembele drop into 2 with Sandro and Siggy out wide.

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WestSydeSpur September 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I kinda agree with Dyl with Dempsey also potentially being employed just behind Ade (or as a replacement for him or Lennon) if we’re chasing goals but I don’t think we should start with him.

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Jayme September 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Sigurdsson has to play, he knows the Reading team well and is familiar with the stadium plus he will want to prove a point.

Please no Livermore, Defoe or Lennon, all 3 are either not good enough or crap away from home.

Friedel
Walker Verts Gallas BAE
Dembele Sandro
Dempsey Sig Bale
Adebayor

Any of those fron 4 could score

Also Dembele has started to excel whilst playing in CM, playing him in AM just reduces the impact he will have……although thats exactly where I expect AVB to play him, right next to Lennon, Defoe, Livermore and Gallas

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spurssss September 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

……………..lloris………..
Walker. Caulker. Vert. Bae.
……………..sandro……………
….dembele………..siggy…..
Dempsey……ade………bale

…lennon and defoe impact subs…

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Phil September 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Agree with the exception of Friedel for lloris

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dan September 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Friedel or Lloris as both good keepers

Walker Dawson Vert Ekt

Sandro Dembele

Siggy Dempsey Bale

Ade

Bench

GK
Caulker
gallas
Naughton
Livermore
Lennon
Defoe

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Lloyd Mannouch September 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Same as tottenham Larson.

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Swinspur September 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Dawson for Gallas plwase.

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frankie warrior September 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I had the same idea as Ted and Ben we can’t go wrong with plenty of goal scoring potential .

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TonyRich September 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

“can’t go wrong…” famous last words… You have been watching the season thus far?

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Spursboy September 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Friedel
Walker. Caulker. Vertonghen. BAE
Sandro. Dembele

Lennon. Dempsey. Bale

Adebayor

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SilberSpurs September 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Back four picks itself? Gallas was awful at points. I think for AVB’s system, this is our best XI:

Lloris
Walker Caulker/Kaboul (when healthy) Vert BAE
Sandro Dembele
Deuce Gylfi Bale
Ade

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Di andelo September 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Lloris

Walker vertonghen caulker BAE

sandro Dembele

Lennon Siggie Bale

Adebayor

subs Dempsey for lennon defoe for Ade livermore for sandro

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Rafe Holt September 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

OK i’m not going to even humour your choice of Gallas as it’s just not funny. But Livermore? Seriously!? This is Reading. OK they have decent home form and we are nervously looking for the 1st win of the season but do we really need to play 2 DM’s against a newly promoted side? No other top team would. Livermore only has two passes in his armoury – sideways or backwards. Play like that is why we keep conceding late goals to lesser sides. We have to go for the jugular and let loose here. Defoe is in good form and has to start with deuce coming on for him or lennon around the 65 mark if we struggling.

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Gavin Brock(South Africa) September 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

442 friedel , walker , vertoghen , dawson/caulker , Bae , sandro , dembele , lennon , bale , dempsey , adebayor. . subs. defoe siggie , dawson/caulker / / I still feel we a bit thin @ the back with younnes & scott injured,but what i.ve read about our youngsters against Barca i’m upbeat for the future.AVB MUST JST GET THE COMBINATIONS RIGHT.

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n17 September 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

just want the 3points plz tottenham defoe should def start the boy is on form…..coys

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Yido September 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Brad/jst for reading
Walker caulker vert bae
Sandro demb
Lennon. Dempsey. Bale
Ade

With sig defo and Livermore all coming in :D

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D Doc September 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

BAE has to b dropped imo he’s been asleep for first 3 games & is there’s not enough pressure on him for his position, I’d drop him for reading game it might give him kick up backside he needs. Id like to see how caulker would do at lb but probably better to wait for LG cup game to try him there, he has played at rb b4 at underage & once for swansea, if Smalling, Jones & the like can play there I see no reason caulker couldn’t, sol Campbell broke into our side at lb b4 getting in at cb & Ledley played at rb/cm b4 moving to cb, is see caulker in the same mould to good not to b playing.
For reading though I’d go 442 all out for the win
Friedal, walker caulker verthongen bale, Sigg sandro dembele dempsey, Defoe ADE,
Subs lloris, gallas, Dawson, hudd, lennon, naughton,livermore

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Yido September 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Or go to 433 and play

Friedel
Walker. Caulker. Vertonghen Bae

Sandro
Dembele
Sigurdson
Dempsey. Bale
Adebe

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pdanny September 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

totally agree with yido , livermore shit gallas ok as backup dawson slow caulker should be used lennon on bench with defoe or go for something crazy like
friedel
caulker vertonghen
walker sandro bale
lennon dembele dempsey siggs
adebayor

subs = bae defoe lloris gallas huddlestone naughton

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pdanny September 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

4-5-1

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Pateshar September 15, 2012 at 1:05 am

friedel
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, BAE
Sandro, Dembele
Dempsey, Sigurdson, Bale
Adebayor

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victor September 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Vertonghen Daws caulker kyle at defence.
Livermore n gallas be subs please.

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Alan September 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Lloris
Walker- Dawson – Vert – BAE
Sandro – Dembele
Dempsey – Sigurdsson – Bale
Adebayor

Anyone but Gallas, I´m tired of him.

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