It's match day, Spurs fans! Who's ready to welcome Jermain Defoe back? OK, sure it's been a year since the last time he walked out onto White Hart Lane's pitch, and okay he's now wearing the red, white, and black stripes of Sunderland, but he's still our J.D. Trouble. He may score a brace against us today, but I still love the guy. Welcome home, Jermain.
Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 17, 2015
As expected, Eric Dier gets his first start at central defense, his natural position, since the beginning of the season. It's a strong lineup, if a little weird: the "Dembouli" midfield persists, but it looks like Pochettino has moved Harry Kane back to a withdrawn #10 position, opting to start Roberto Soldado up top. Danny Rose starts at left back for some reason. Townsend makes way for this one, and OMG EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR SIGHTING.
Jermain Defoe will indeed start for Sunderland which makes me both happy and deeply, deeply sad. Let's hope he gets a warm welcome at the Lane. Otherwise, it looks like a pretty standard 4-4-2 for Gus Poyet's men. Defoe's inclusion means Conor Wickham is benched.
How to Watch:
Match time: 3 p.m. (U.K.), 10 am (USA ET)
Venue: White Hart Lane, London, England
TV: Today's match can be found on NBC Sports Premier League Extra Time ("the other channels") or streamed directly, depending on your cable package, on NBC Sports Live Extra.
If you're in the United Kingdom, it appears you're SOL: it doesn't look like the match is televised at all in England, Scotland, or Wales. Australians and Canadians also seem to be out of luck as their countries aren't even LISTED for this match at livesoccertv.com. However, if you're tuning in from Palestine, try beIN Sports Connect Arabia. Vietnamese visitors can watch on VCTV 3 Sports TV. Other countries can find your local TV listings here.
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