LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur avoids a challenge from Jonny Howson of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at White Hart Lane on September 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Jermain Defoe and Brad Friedel start for Tottenham, with Hugo Lloris, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Clint Dempsey on the bench. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kebe fails to come back from injury in time to make the Reading lineup.
There is also no debut for new signing Hugo Lloris, with the in-form Brad Friedel keeping the France captain resigned to a place among the substitutes. Another summer signing, Moussa Dembele, does however get a place in the starting eleven.
Reading, meanwhile, continue with Pavel Pogrebnyak up front, with Adam Le Fondre on the bench and Danny Guthrie continuing in midfield. The club had hoped that Jimmy Kebe would return to the side after suffering a hamstring injury, but he remains on the absent list, along with Jason Roberts.
Reading (4-4-1-1): McCarthy; Gunter, Harte, Gorkss, Pearce; Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary; Guthrie; Pogrebnyak. Bench: S Taylor, Shorey, Mariappa, Cummings, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Hunt
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton; Sandro, Dembele; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale; Defoe. Bench: Lloris, Caulker, Dawson, Huddlestone, Townsend, Adebayor, Dempsey