This week represents an excellent opportunity for Tottenham Hotspur. As it stands, a win for Spurs would help them keep pace with Arsenal at the top of the table. Their opponents today, Cardiff City have played well to start the season scoring an impressive victory over Manchester City at Cardiff City Stadium. The match will represent a difficult away test for Spurs.
Team v Cardiff - Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 22, 2013
Mousa Dembele has recovered after suffering an injury against Tromso in midweek. The same can not be said of Younes Kaboul and Danny Rose. Kyle Naughton takes Rose's place in the first team and Vlad Chiriches is on the bench in place of Kaboul. It's good to see that Chiriches' work permit issues have finally been sorted out. Oddly enough, Jermain Defoe is not on the bench after scoring twice against Tromso. Not sure if this is down to injury or something else.
Cardiff have put out this lineup:
Steven Caulker starts against his former team, but I can't tell you much more because Cardiff City seem to just put their team out in no particular order. Based on previous lineups, I would guess this is a 4-5-1 formation of a 4-4-1-1. I can't be too sure though. No real gamechangers on the bench for the Red Dragons, though Peter Odemwingie does have a good deal of experience.
The match kicks off at 4:00 PM local time (11:00 AM ET) from the Cardiff City stadium. The match can be seen on NBC Sports Live Extra or Premier League Extra Time in the US, TSN2 in Canada, and not at all in the UK. As always, keep the discussion on topic for the match and be considerate. All the rules still apply. Also, no discussion of alternative means of viewing.