READING 1 TOTTENHAM 3
18.00 An entertaining game results in an excellent - and deserved - win for Tottenham. They pretty much dominated from start to finish, but while their lead was a solitary Jermain Defoe goal, they were bound to look a bit nervous. In truth, though, Reading created very little, and it was hardly a surprise when a Gareth Bale scuff doubled Spurs' lead. Defoe nothced up his third goal of the season with a terrific solo effort moments later to seal the first competitive win of Andre Villas-Boas's reign, although a late Hal Robson-Kanu consolation for Reading took the gloss off the result ever so slightly. That's it from me tonight - but don't forget to check back in tomorrow for Newcastle's trip to Everton.
90+4 min Foul by William Gallas inside the area? Big shouts for a late, late penalty for Reading dismissed by Howard Webb.
GOAL!! Reading 1 Tottenham 3 (Robson-Kanu 90) Obviously it's too little, far too late but a decent goal for the Royals. From just inside the area Adam Le Fondre clips the ball across the goal towards the far post, which fellow substitute Hal Robson-Kanu leaps at, doing well to control his shot and divert the ball past Brad Friedel. A bit of respectability for the hosts, then.
87 min Andros Townsend replaces Aaron Lennon for Spurs.
86 min Off the line by William Gallas! Adam Le Fondre scrambles a shot in, which Gallas clears to relative safety at the expense of a corner. Spurs deal with that, but READING HAVE HAD A SHOT ON TARGET!
84 min Here's a stat for you: Spurs have had 19 shots to Reading's two. On target? 9-0.
82 min Tottenham continue to press. Meanwhile, a double change for Reading: Guthrie replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu and Pogrebnyak by Noel Hunt.
78 min In amongst all that, Tom Huddlestone replaced Gylfi Sigurdsson, and now Clint Dempsey comes on for Gareth Bale. Martin Tyler, on Sky commentary duty, shows off his cringeworthy American accent.
GOAL!! Reading 0 Tottenham 3 (Defoe 74) A superb goal from Jermain Defoe wraps up the points Andre Villas-Boas's side. He runs at the Reading defence from halfway; his pace is too much for them and as he arrives in the penalty box he unleashes a well-placed left-footed shot across his body which nestles into the right-hand side of the net.
GOAL!! Reading 0 Tottenham 2 (Bale 71) Good work down the right from Kyle Walker, who feeds Gareth Bale in space about 12 yards out. It's a dire shot from the Welshman with his right foot, but he drags it against his favoured left and it is diverted into the air and loops over McCarthy.
70 min Some vague shots for a penalty as Leigertwood is tripped, but it looked like a fair tackle. Nerves jangling for Villas-Boas, who is pointing something out to Tom Huddlestone, who looks like he might be coming on.
66 min Defoe snatches a shot down the other end and blazes it over. Sigurdsson was screaming for him to square the ball.
64 min Much better from Reading there, as they twice benefit from some indecision in the Spurs midfield to eventually force a corner. It is scrambled to safety by Tottenham, but encouraging signs for the Royals, and the crowd are as loud as they've been all afternoon.
62 min Another corner, that's what. But the second one comes to nothing.
61 min Corner for Reading. What can they produce in a dead-ball situation?
59 min More good play from Aaron Lennon, jinking his way into the box. His low cross is turned behind by Kaspars Gorkss.
58 min Reading still haven't created much, but one moment is all it takes (obviously). Will Spurs start to get nervous? Gareth Bale, meanwhile, fires a long shot just wide.
54 min Aaron Lennon breaks free for Spurs. His eventual shot across goal comes straight at Jermain Defoe, but he can't angle the ball towards the net, only scoop it over the bar. Ominous for Reading there, though - it just all looked a bit too easy again for the visitors.
53 min Niall Quinn, on the Sky Sports commentary, has an annoying habit of pronouncing Dembélé's name "Dem-bell". Had to get that off my chest.
49 min Sigurdsson tries to be a little bit too clever and fails to play a through ball to a dangerously-lurking Aaron Lennon in time.
47 min A better start to the second half from the hosts, but no early chances created.
17.03 We're back under way. Just the one change at the break - Jem Karacan off, replaced by Adam Le Fondre.
17.01 Here's out correspondent Henry Winter's half-time take:
16.55 Seeing a replay of that Kyle Walker handball incident early on, I'm more convinced it should have been a penalty. It was barely a push by Alex Pearce, more contact as they both jumped for the ball.
16.48 Half time. Credit to Tottenham, they've looked very good in that first half. They could have been one up before Jermain Defoe's 18th-minute strike, and should have been two up just over 10 minutes later, when Gylfi Sigurdsson found the only defender on the line with most of the goal to aim at. Some work to do for Reading after the break.
45 min A Spurs corner is dealt with by Reading, and would you look at that, we've already reached the 45th minute. Two minutes of injury time to come.
Chris in Worthing is back: "I'm not losing hope yet, I'm convinced former Newcastle player Danny Guthrie will create something for the newly promoted side. Brilliant updates by the way." (I couldn't not include it after that.)
41 min A long-range effort from Jermain Defoe, but it is a few yards wide. That, incidentally, was Tottenham's 10th shot of the first half.
40 min Some decent build-up play from Reading results in a shot from Jobi McAnuff from just inside the area, out on the left. It's harmlessly over the bar, but at least the hosts have now had their first effort on goal.
37 min Aaron Lennon takes a mighty bad touch on the edge of the area when he and Defoe had a two-on-two, and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
34 min Well. He was only six yards out and had most of the goal to aim at, but Sigurdsson hit it Chris Gunter on the line.
31 min Ooh, I had the "goal" icon ready. Alex McCarthy gets in a hopeless mess and is robbed of possession by Jermain Defoe. He has the ball on the byline and squares to Gylfi Sigurdsson, who must score...no! It's cleared off the line! The Icelander really should have scored, and thinks he has, appealing to the referee's assistant that it crossed the line. But it's an excellent decision from the officials.
30 min A hopeful long ball bounces through to Brad Friedel. As far as I can remember, that's the first time I remember the Spurs keeper touching the ball.
27 min Not surprisingly, it is Spurs fans who are much the louder at this stage. Reading struggling to find any real foothold in the match.
24 min Straight down the other end. A route one pass is controlled beautifully by Jermain Defoe, taking out two Reading defenders after he watches the ball onto his foot. He is through on goal but attempts an outside-of-the-foot shot which goes just wide.
23 min Garath McCleary wins a free kick in a promising area but the resulting dead ball move is hopeless, frankly.
21 min And McCarthy called into action once again as Sandro unleashes a long-range strike, which the Reading keeper has to get down low to parry to safety, just about.
20 min Sigurdsson lofts in a free kick from wide on the left which is missed by everyone and almost takes McCarthy by surprise.
GOAL!! Reading 0 Tottenham 1 (Defoe 18) They've been well on top, and Andre Villas-Boas's men have taken a deserved lead. Jermain Defoe slots the ball past Alex McCarthy after a gorgeous through ball from Gylfi Sigurdsson to Aaron Lennon, who squared to Defoe.
14 min So a pretty action-packed start, which is nice for us all. The game looks like it might be settling down a bit now, though.
11 min Penalty to Reading? No, says Howard Webb, despite the ball clearly hitting a Spurs hand (Kyle Walker's, in fact) as Danny Guthrie whips in a free kick for the hosts. Webb blows instead against Alex Pearce for an apparent shove on Walker. Reading look hard done by.
9 min It's all one-way traffic so far, but the latest Spurs attack comes to nothing. Brian McDermott is busy with a biro and a notepad, as well he might.
Damien in California has an interest to declare: "I forgot to mention I am Deputy Under Secretary of the Official Santa Barbara Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club. We are 23 strong and the largest Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club in Santa Barbara. Fact."
6 min Bale is played through himself this time, but pokes the ball wide as McCarthy rushed off his line. Terrific start for Tottenham here.
5 min Spurs have a free kick on the right about 25 yards from goal. Bale whips it in and Vertonghen gets a good head on it...saved by McCarthy...it comes to Sigurdsson...another good save from McCarthy. Spurs come close twice in three seconds.
2 min Kyle Walker gets the first shot of the afternoon off. It's high, very high.
1 min We kick off. More specifically, Tottenham kick off.
"0-4 Spurs!" predicts Damien in California (check him out).
15.57 The teams gather in the tunnel, Spurs sporting a rather fetching away kit of double-tone grey.
15.54 A nice touch at the Madejski, where You'll Never Walk Alone rings out over the tannoy.
15.51 The Premier League has just tweeted this picture of the official team sheets. Check out Reading's eighth "substitute":
15.46 Less than 15 minutes from kick off. Are we excited? Of course we are!
15.38 So what do we reckon about those teams? The Spurs fan in the office is sceptical - he wonders why Emmanuel Adebayor hasn't been given the nod up front.
15.31 We're in Berkshire, Sky Sports announce. And there's nowhere we'd rather be. Ish.
15.22 And now Tottenham, who make two changes from their 1-1 draw with Norwich. Assou-Ekotto and Livermore are out, Naughton and Dembélé in. Adebayor starts on the bench:
Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton; Sandro, Dembélé; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale; Defoe
15.18 Team news! First up, Reading, for whom Adam Federici misses out:
McCarthy; Gunter, Gorkss, Pearce, Harte; McCleary, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff; Guthrie; Pogrebnyak.
15.15 Reading are a great bet today, according to Chris in Worthing via email:
"Spurs were poor against Newcastle and continue to waste chances in front of goal. AVB plays a high line of defence and if Jimmy Kébé plays, he will cause major problems."
15.09 In the early game - the 1.15pm kick off in the Championship - Wolves have beaten Leicester City 2-1 at Molineux. A ripper of a match, very entertaining - though Leicester boss Nigel Pearson will not believe his side have got nothing from the match.
15.02 That should have given you enough time to watch those highlights (thrilling, eh?). We're less than an hour from kick off at the Madejski - as ever, get in touch so I can use the nice email icon and give you a chance to see your name in bold.
14.49 I say 2-1 but I'd love a repeat of this game between the sides five years ago at White Hart Lane. 6-4! Dimitar Berbatov scored four for Spurs.
14.42 So what do we reckon is going to happen today? Will Reading be rusty? Will Hugo Lloris get in a huff if Brad Friedel starts in goal for Tottenham, as expected? I'm going out on a limb and predicting a score of Reading 1 Tottenham 2 - which I now notice is identical to that of our correspondent John Percy.
14.34 Reading, in fact, haven't played in the league since August 22 - that's 25 days ago and basically a whole off-season - when they were controversially beaten 4-2 at Chelsea.
14.30 Good afternoon and welcome to a fun, football-filled Sunday. But wait - this is the only Premier League game of the weekend! And, would you believe it, none of the big four are involved!
I realise, of course, that Spurs finished fourth last season, but they've got off to a decidedly dodgy start under Andre Villas-Boas, with two draws and a loss so far in their campaign putting them in 16th place at this early stage. Reading, meanwhile, are 19th, albeit after only two games - their match with Sunderland three weeks ago was postponed due to a water-logged pitch.
Check out the preview below and stick with us here - we'll have the team news for you as soon as we get it.
Sunday, September 16
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
TV: Live, Sky Sports 1; Highlights, BBC1 Match of the Day2.
Reading (Possible, 4-4-2): Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte;
McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Guthrie; McCleary, Pogrebnyak.
Out: Roberts (calf).
Test: Federici (unspecified).
Tottenham Hotspur (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Friedel; Walker, Gallas,
Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Dembele, Livermore; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale;
Out: Kaboul (knee), Gomes (ankle), Parker (Achilles).
Referee: Howard Webb (Matches 2, R0 Y7)
Betting: Home 13-5, Away 21-20, Draw 12-5.
Reading manager Brian McDermott will welcome Jimmy Kebe back into his squad for the visit of Spurs.
The Mali winger has been missing all season due to a hamstring injury but is now available for selection after returning to training.
Jason Roberts is the only player unavailable to McDermott with all of his international players returning unscathed from their respective matches.
There had been a small doubt over the fitness of Adam Federici but the goalkeeper is likely to retain his starting place at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel will keep his place despite the recent signing of France No 1 Hugo Lloris.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas said Lloris may not even be on the bench as he has only trained with his new team-mates once since signing from Lyon for £8 million on deadline day.
Goalkeeper Brad Friedel will keep his place in the Tottenham team at Reading despite the recent signing of France captain Hugo Lloris.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas said Lloris may not even be on the bench on Sunday as he has only trained with his new team-mates once since signing from Lyon for £8 million on deadline day.
Clint Dempsey, who also signed on deadline day, could make his debut at the Madejski Stadium, but Younes Kaboul, Scott Parker and Heurelho Gomes are out.
Andre Villas-Boas will have spent most of the last fortnight at Spurs' plush new training ground working out exactly how he can bring the best out of his new squad, following a dismal draw against Norwich.
The pressure on his shoulders will only increase the longer he has to wait for his first victory and Brian McDermott will be acutely aware that winning home games will be the key to Reading's survival.
McDermott has not experienced defeat at the Madejski since January.
Stat of the game: Reading are unbeaten in their last 10 league games at the Madejski Stadium.
John Percy’s prediction: Reading 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2.