Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: lineups and match thread

Tottenham fans take in a pint at the Bricklayer Pub in London ahead of last week's match vs. Norwich. - Jamie McDonald

It's Spuds vs. Chavs in a pivotal early EPL battle to see who can out-not-score the other.

Good morning, everyone!  Tottenham Hotspur Football Club takes on Chelsea Football Club in an early-season match that's so full of narrative, Lev Grossman just wrote a review about it for The New York Times and hipsters are already claiming they watched today's match WAY before it was cool and, like, on TV and stuff.

Guys.  British betting firm William Hill have Tottenham as 8-5 favorites to win today. I'm not a betting man so I'm not entirely sure what to make of it, but any time British odds-makers make Spurs as favorites to win a big match, I instantly get nervous. The match starts at 7:45 a.m. Eastern time. I've been up since 5 a.m.  Is it too early to start drinking?

This game can be found live on NBC Sports Network or mun2 (Spanish) in the United States, or streaming through NBC Sports Live Extra if you're so inclined.  In the UK, watch on BBC 1 or BT Sport 1. Our Canadian friends can find it on Sportsnet Ontario / East / West / Pacific, and the Aussies! Aussies! Aussies! (Oy! Oy! Oy!) can watch the match on Fox Sports Play or Fox Sports 3 Australia.  If you're in Botswana, try TV5Monde Afrique.

Lineups:

Rules and Regulations:

  1. No links to illegal streams. I just gave you where you can watch the match in Botswana. #nobodyreadsthearticles
  2. Follow Wheaton's Law. "Don't be a d*&k." This includes posting comments like "F*&# you, Mourinho."  It's fine to say "Tom Carroll is not playing well," but it's not ok to say "F*&# you, Tom Carroll, you suck," because it's not nice and besides, Tom Carroll is awesome and the second coming of Weezus. (O HAI SK1PJ4CK)  This rule applies to refereeing decisions as well.
  3. Don't Troll the Chavs. If you get yourself banned over at WAG for trolling, expect a ban here as well.
  4. Have fun! Remember, it's just a game. When we inevitably lose from a fluke shot in the 94th minute that goes in off of Fernando Torres' ass, don't let it ruin your day.

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