The games are coming thick and fast right now but Spurs will have to tackle this one without the services of Gareth Bale. If the winger was to miss a game, this would probably be one of the more preferable ones but Reading can be dangerous at times – as West Ham found out at the weekend!
It may well be a simple case of slotting Clint Dempsey in, in Bale’s place but the likes of Sigurdsson and Townsend may challenge that view. Other than that, the top half of the team looks set to be unchanged from the Sunderland match, unless AVB decides to offer Sandro or Dembele a rest with Scott Parker coming in.
The defence involves more guesswork however but Andre Villas-Boas suggests that the impending return of Benoit Assou-Ekotto may be delayed until the weekend at least.
“I think Benoit will be in contention from the Coventry game onwards or from the Reading game onwards. He is not far off,” AVB said.
“Younes still has, maybe, a month to return to form and feeling full confidence,” he added in regard to Younes Kaboul.
It seems likely that Jan Vertonghen will be restored to that defence so here’s our starting XI but what’s your view?