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Tottenham 2-0 Bolton (FT)
Sunderland 0-2 Everton (FT)
19.27 – Emanuel Adebayor is odds-on favourite to be the first goalscorer. You can check out all the match odds here.
19.39 – On the subject of Tottenham, Craig Burley says “whenever Lennon’s not played, they’ve had trouble”. He has a point.
Missing the winger has often led to Modric being played on the right. With Modric in the centre, they have a win percentage of 75%. However, when he is absent or moved to another area of the field, their win percentage is 33% (by my calculations anyway).
19.43 – The main man, Adrian Russell, has just mentioned this liveblog, so I figure I should return the compliment. You can find it here (pssst, please stay here).
19.54 – Great pass from Modric to Bale, whose snap shot is collected by Bogdan at the second attempt.
Tottenham, perhaps due to renewed confidence following their improved performance against Chelsea last week, have begun well.
20.01 – A race between two of the quickest players in the Premier League – Kyle Walker and Zat Night – ensues, with the latter eventually cutting out the former’s cross and clearing it away for a corner.
20.05 – Good exchange of passes between Bale and Adebayor, but the angle is far too tight for the big striker to trouble the goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, Modric blasts another chance miles over – think that particular match ball may be a write off.
20.18 – Darren Pratley has had to go off injured, hurting himself while tripping up Gareth Bale – instant karma, if ever I saw it.
He’s replaced by Tim Ream.
20.22 – Tottenham still aren’t quite playing with the zest of earlier in the season. It could be either of at least three things – their relatively new formation, a lack of confidence, or end-of-season tiredness. It’s difficult to say.
20.52 – Here’s a quick match report of tonight’s other game so far:
20.59 – You get the feeling that Tottenham could do with more than one striker on the pitch at the moment – both Defoe and Saha are on the bench.
21.16 – This is becoming a joke at this stage. Adebayor is played through on goal and Bogdan parries his shot away for a corner, from which Livermore heads over the bar.
Jermain Defoe appears stripped and ready to go, and the crowd cheer his presence vociferously.
21.49 – So that’s that. Bolton’s luck ran out after Bogdan’s 14 saves, and Tottenham prevailed following Harry’s substitutions.
21.55 – “What does Jermain Defoe have to do to get in the starting line-up?” A legitimate question from ESPN’s Robbie Savage.
22.02 – Tottenham (and Adebayor in particular) enjoy celebrating a goal (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images).