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Reading - Form Guide - WLDLDW (Odds - 11-4) (Draw - 5-2)
Tottenham Hotspur - Form Guide - DDLWDW (Odds - Evens)
Andre Villas-Boas brings his Spurs team to the graveyard that is the Madejski Stadium, where they will take on a Reading side that will be looking to heap more pain upon the young Portuguese.
Having been booed off at White Hart Lane following their 1-1 draw with Norwich, it is safe to say that, for some Spurs fans, the honeymoon with their new manager is over after just three games.
Villas-Boas' Spurs team are very much a work in progress, and any Spurs fan who has given up hope at this early stage really doesn't understand football.
The 35-year-old Portuguese manager seems to have learned his lessons from Chelsea only too well. He is approaching the Spurs job and team with a view to respecting the pecking order of the dressing room and is allowing nature to takes it course before he implements changes.
The changes will be gradual, but many should expect the likes of Moussa Dembele—who impressed so much when scoring on his debut against Norwich—and Emmanuel Adebayor to break in over the coming games while others, like Clint Dempsey and Hugo Lloris, will have to wait a little longer.
Dembele's introduction is key, because this season Gareth Bale has been peripheral, and much of that is down to the Luka Modric supply line being cut off. In 45 minutes against Norwich, Dembele found Bale more times than the Welsh star had been in the previous two-and-a-half games, and if Spurs want to do well they need Bale to do well.
Reading and Brian McDermott will be looking at this game full in the knowledge that this is probably the best time to be facing Spurs. Make no mistakes about it; Reading will be amongst the relegation contenders come next May, so three points here could be vital for that challenge.
They are now unbeaten in 11 at the Madejski Stadium but have yet to keep a clean sheet from the two Premier League games this season.
Against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, they were extremely adventurous and took the game to the Champions League holders and were unlucky to be beaten 4-2 at the end of an entertaining match.
McDermott likes to use a 4-4-1-1 formation that sees Danny Guthrie and the injured and wonderfully named Hal Robson-Kanu interchange before joining Adam La Fondre or Pavel Pogrebnyak up front.
They will create chances due to the quality of their possession play and their set-piece play, but they are hopelessly static across the back four and are very open across midfield, so they will struggle to keep clean sheets.
On paper, Spurs should win this game handsomely, but with the Villas-Boas change project in full swing, it would seem unlikely that Tottenham will field their strongest XI just yet, so Reading will have a real chance at taking something from the game.
Player to Watch: Kyle Walker
The England international was surprisingly left out of Roy Hodgson's team for the Moldova and Ukraine matches, but there is little doubt that he is the best right-sided defender in the Premier League today.
As a defender, he is excellent and is learning and improving all the time, but it is in attacking that he really stands out. So far this term, across three matches, he has put in eight crosses, and against 35-year-old Ian Harte on Sunday, he could literally have a field day.
Prediction: If Adebayor plays, then expect Spurs to win at evens. If Defoe starts, then plump for a draw at 5-2.