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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City: Lineups and Match Thread

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Stoke City visit White Hart Lane today in what is sure to be a goal-filled match.

Jamie McDonald

Alright, maybe that blurb was sarcasm. I know some people aren't good at detecting it and for those of you that are in some of the timezones further too the West you may not be able to understand sarcasm until you've had a few cups of coffee. Basically, this game is going to be a boring match filled with lots of fouls and long throw-ins.

Tony Pulis' Stoke City side sit ninth in the table, only 5 points behind "fourth place" (on goal differential) Tottenham Hotspur. The Potters have the leagues stingiest defense, having allowed only 13 goals in 17 matches. Unfortunately for Stoke fans, Stoke also have the joint worst attack in the league with only 15 goals.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-4-2): Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen; Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale; Defoe, Adebayor

Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Gallas, Livermore, Parker, Townsend, Sigurdsson

Stoke City XI (4-4-1-1): Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron; Shotton, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Etherington; Walters ; Jones

Subs: Sorensen, Upson, Palacios, Whitehead, Kightly, Jerome, Crouch.

When @SpursOfficial tweeted out the Tottenham Hotspur lineup, they made it seem like this was going to be a 4-2-3-1 formation from Tottenham with either Jermain Defoe or Emmanuel Adebayor in the hole. I think it's safer to say that this will be a 4-4-2 though. William Gallas has finally been left out of the starting XI and is replaced by captain Michael Dawson.

Kickoff is 3:00 PM local time (10:00 AM ET) from White Hart Lane. In the United States you can watch the game live on Fox Soccer Plus or stream it on Fox Soccer 2 Go. In Canada, you can catch the game on Sportsnet One. For those of you in the UK, sorry. You don't get to watch this game live on TV.