Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: Lineups and match thread

Mike Hewitt

Come chat with us during Tottenham Hotspur-Chelsea. Gareth Bale has been taken out of the squad late.

Happy Spursday, Spursland. Tottenham Hotspur take on Chelsea today, and there's been a late change. Gareth Bale's partner is expecting a baby shortly, and he's been pulled out of the team's starting XI. He's been replaced by Tom Huddlestone, meaning that Spurs had a bit of late shuffling to do. Gylfi Sigurdsson was probably going to play a bit deeper than usual, but that's been nixed.

Tottenham Hotspur starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel, Jan Vertonghen, Steven Caulker, William Gallas, Kyle Walker; Sandro, Tom Huddlestone; Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson; Jermain Defoe.

Chelsea lineup starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ashley Cole; Ramires, John Obi Mikel; Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres.

Ramires over Frank Lampard is no huge surprise for Chelsea, but it's a bit rich that Lampard has been benched for a big match against Andre Villas-Boas. Kickoff is at 12:45 p.m. local, 7:45 a.m. ET. You can watch the game on ESPN2 in the U.S. and Sky Sports 2 in the U.K.

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