FT Tottenham 0 Stoke 0

The final whistle goes and a hard-fought battle ends goalless. It is a valuable point for Stoke and one they thoroughly deserve against a Tottenham team that improved as the match went on.

Jon Walters is yellow carded for wasting time as Stoke try to help the clock tick down.

Tottenham are leaving holes at the back as they pile on the pressure in stoppage time. Can they finally break through?

He has been a virtual spectator all afternoon but Asmir Begovic pulls off a superb save just when it is needed as he dives to his right to get a strong hand to Gylfi Sigurdsson's firm header.

Gareth Bale feels hard done by after being nudged by Cameron Jerome as he prepares to pull the trigger inside the area. It would have been a soft penalty, but Bale may just have had a case.

Gylfi Sigurdsson rushes over to take Tottenham's latest corner but Asmir Begovic has been in total command of his area all afternoon and he comes off his line to pluck the ball out of the air.

Tottenham win a free-kick in a threatening area and Gareth Bale sees his shot deflect off the defensive wall and go behind for a corner.

There is a big cheer from the fans as Scott Parker comes on for Mousa Dembele to make only his second appearance of the season.

Kyle Walker tries another speculative shot from distance that is well struck but flies harmlessly into the stands.

Asmir Begovic has not really had to extend himself with a decent save and it is a credit to Stoke that neither of Tottenham's strikers has had a good chance.

Peter Crouch shows he is useful at the back as well as in attack as he heads clear a corner. Mousa Dembele drives the ball back in from 20 yards and it takes a deflection, but Asmir Begovic has no problems in making the adjustment.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is quickly into the action as he picks up the ball 20 yards from goal and shoots straight at Asmir Begovic.

Andre Villas-Boas makes his first change of the game as Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Aaron Lennon for the closing stages.

Steven N'Zonzi quickly joins Geoff Cameron in the book after a tired challenge, and therefore mistimed, on Sandro.

Geoff Cameron receives a yellow card after stopping Aaron Lennon from taking a quick free-kick.

Gareth Bale tries his luck from 25 yards and the ball bounces just in front of Asmir Begovic, but the keeper still saves with ease.

Tottenham have this week held a meeting about why they have been conceding so many late goals, but they will be more concerned about scoring one here as we enter the final quarter of an hour.

Stoke obviously think they can win this game after making those attacking substitutions, but at the moment it is Tottenham on the front foot. This one could still go either way.

The weather is worsening at White Hart Lane. The players are coping well with the rainy conditions but it may be worth testing the goalkeepers with some skidding long shots.

Tottenham have shown plenty of urgency in this second half but there is no way through as Sandro's cross from inside the area is well blocked by Robert Huth, after Jermain Defoe had released his overlapping midfielder with a delicious chipped pass.

A third change in the space of a few minutes for Stoke, and this time it is former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch who enters the fray as Matthew Etherington goes off.

Tony Pulis shuffles his pack once again to bring on Cameron Jerome for Kenwyne Jones.

Dean Whitehead makes an immediate contribution, but not the sort his manager would have liked as he is cautioned for a foul.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis makes his first change of the afternoon as Dean Whitehead comes on in place of Ryan Shotton.

Another chance for Stoke following good play down the wing by Geoff Cameron, but Ryan Shotton's shot is poor again and does not test Hugo Lloris.

The game is becoming stretched now and Gareth Bale has room to pick out a cross from the right towards the back post, where Emmanuel Adebayor is lurking, but Ryan Shawcross has positioned himself perfectly to make the headed clearance.

More stout defence from Stoke, as Jermain Defoe's powerful strike crashes into a combination of Geoff Cameron and Ryan Shawcross and goes behind for a corner.

Kenwyne Jones thinks he is away and clear down the right as Stoke launch another counter-attack, but the flag goes up for offside and that is a close call.

Ryan Shotton is presented with an excellent chance following a good break from Stoke, but he does not connect forcefully with his shot from 12 yards and it is straight at Hugo Lloris, who will never make an easier save.

Aaron Lennon has temporarily switched sides and he lobs a delightful cross from the left over to Gareth Bale, who agonisingly heads over from close range at the back post.

Stoke win a free-kick out wide on the left and Matthew Etherington whips in the cross, but Ryan Shawcross' header from 12 yards is off target.

Jermain Defoe seizes on a loose pass and looks to be in on goal, but his shot is blocked by a diving Ryan Shawcross.

Gareth Bale sprints clear of Ryan Shotton down the left wing but his cross is poor as it skims across the turf behind Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe.

Kyle Walker is fast but he lets Matthew Etherington get away from him on this occasion, and the Stoke winger delivers a teasing cross that nobody can quite finish off.

Aaron Lennon finally manages to beat a couple of men and then plays the ball into the middle, where Jermain Defoe ends up shooting wastefully over from 20 yards.

A cheer rings out around White Hart Lane as Andy Wilkinson is shown a yellow card for a foul in midfield immediately after the resumption.

Tottenham get the second half started and both teams will be fancying their chances of claiming victory. There have been no changes at the break.

Jermain Defoe shoots narrowly wide from distance on the stroke of half-time. The whistle goes and there is a sense of frustration around White Hart Lane as the score remains goalless. It has been a lively encounter and both sides have had chances, with Stoke probably just shading it.

Mousa Dembele works his way into a yard of space to engineer himself a shooting chance 25 yards from goal, and it is a good strike he unleashes which only just flies the wrong side of the upright.

Gareth Bale links up cleverly with Jan Vertonghen to release the Belgian down the left flank, but his touch is too heavy and Stoke regain possession.

Aaron Lennon just has not been able to get into the game and he is again stopped in his tracks by a couple of Stoke defenders as he tries to cut in from the right.

Gareth Bale lets fly with an ambitious effort from at least 30 yards which is powerfully struck but cannons into the thigh of Ryan Shawcross and trickles behind for a corner.

Jermain Defoe combines nicely with Emmanuel Adebayor, for the first time today really, but his shot on the turn lacks direction and is lashed several yards wide.

Emmanuel Adebayor brings down Steven N'Zonzi with a clumsy foul and Ryan Shotton's free-kick is deflected wide for a corner.

Stoke have the meanest defence in the Premier League and it is not hard to see why - they are extremely well organised and all the players work hard for each other all over the pitch.

Fabulous play again from Gareth Bale as he sprints forward into space down the left wing and delivers a cross to the back post for Emmanuel Adebayor, who is not quite able to keep his header down and the ball loops over the crossbar.

Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon have been relatively subdued but the Welsh left winger provides some attacking impetus with a fizzing cross that is well cleared behind for a corner.

The Tottenham faithful are not happy once again as Jan Vertonghen is shoved off the ball by Glenn Whelan, with the referee deciding not to take any action.

Jan Vertonghen is booked following a foul on Glenn Whelan, and Hugo Lloris looks unconvincing as he comes out and flaps at Whelan's free-kick from distance, but he just gets enough on the ball to divert it to safety.

Tottenham nearly get themselves in a tangle at the back as Hugo Lloris exchanges passes with Steven Caulker, but the ball does not fall kindly for Stoke after they close down the home defence.

Gareth Bale skips away from Ryan Shotton as he embarks on his first meaningful run of the match, but Geoff Cameron is waiting to dispossess the Welshman.

Emmanuel Adebayor shows nimble footwork to nutmeg Andy Wilkinson, but the Stoke man recovers to make an important tackle.

Jan Vertonghen delivers another devilish cross from the left but nobody is on the same wavelength and it does not pose a problem to Asmir Begovic.

Jan Vertonghen can be a really creative force when he strides out from the back, and he does brilliantly here to wriggle away from a couple of challenges down the left wing and send over an inviting cross that just evades his team-mates in the centre and flies past the back post.

Stoke are always a threat from set-pieces and have earned a couple of free-kicks in promising areas already, but Spurs are so far combating the danger.

The game is really coming to life now as Spurs come forward once again, only for the move to break down and Stoke to launch a counter-attack.

Stoke carve Tottenham open and come close to opening the scoring as Hugo Lloris gets a vital touch to Kenwyne Jones' deflected effort from a tight angle, with Matthew Etherington just unable to turn the ball in at the far post.

Gareth Bale cuts the ball back towards Jermain Defoe as Tottenham threaten down the left, but Robert Huth does well to get the block in.

The Tottenham fans are incensed as Mousa Dembele goes down following a tussle with Steven N'Zonzi. There appears to be a flailing arm but referee Lee Mason waves play on.

Stoke win another corner and send their big men forward, but Tottenham manage to scramble the ball clear.

These two teams may approach things slightly differently but they are both playing with a 4-4-2 formation today, which makes quite a refreshing change.

Sandro becomes the first player to go into the book following a high tackle on Glenn Whelan, which looked ill-judged rather than malicious.

It is developing into an intriguing contrast of styles as the more direct Stoke win the first corner of the afternoon. Hugo Lloris comes out trying to catch Glenn Whelan's delivery but gets nowhere near it, and Spurs are lucky to see the ball drift out.

Tottenham ease the early pressure with a dangerous counter-attack that eventually fizzes out as Aaron Lennon digs out a cross that is far too deep for any of his team-mates in the centre.

It has certainly been a bright start from Stoke, as Ryan Shotton delivers a long throw to the near post that is headed clear, and Gareth Bale does well to save it from going for a corner.

Stoke are quickly onto the front foot as a sloppy pass from Kyle Walker lands right at the feet of Kenwyne Jones, who is perhaps taken aback as he fails to make the most of the opportunity and blazes over from the edge of the area.

Stoke kick us off at White Hart Lane. Let us hope for an exciting clash that will deliver plenty of pre-Christmas cheer.

Peter Stickley writes: "1-1 today I think. See us leaking a late equaliser. Probably Crouch."

Mark says: "Hope it's worth staying up for a 2am start in Australia. Scotty Parker should get some game time today and good to see that Bale has recovered. Addy needs to make an impact though or Jan will be a nervous time for him. COYS!" That's true dedication there, Mark.

Cian writes: "I think Spurs will come out on top and can win this 3-0. It is tough but Tottenham are at home and Stoke have been good but I think Spurs will come out on top."

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Gallas, Livermore, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Parker.

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Shotton, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Etherington, Walters, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Upson, Palacios, Whitehead, Kightly, Jerome, Crouch.

Phil is the first to get in touch, saying: "Here in sunny Spain looking forward to today's game. Two teams going well at the moment. Stoke will do well to get anything here this afternoon, hoping for a good performance from the Potters & hard fought 1-1 for me."

Spurs are 4/7 to earn a home win over a Stoke side who have struggled away from the Britannia this season. The Potters are 5/1 to earn three points and seal their first away win in 17 matches. Tottenham's talisman Gareth Bale is back in action after a hamstring injury and he is enhanced to 6/1 to open the scoring.

The team news for Tottenham is that Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson are back in the starting XI, with Emmanuel Adebayor overcoming a hamstring problem to take his place up front and Scott Parker on the bench. For Stoke, Ryan Shotton comes in for Charlie Adam, who has been given compassionate leave due to the death of his father, while former Spurs striker Peter Crouch is among the substitutes.

Andre Villas-Boas' men have joined Chelsea on 29 points, seven adrift of second-placed Manchester City, following a run of four wins in five games, and they showed the sort of character that will have delighted their manager in a gritty 1-0 win over Swansea last time out. Stoke, meanwhile, are not far behind their opponents after going seven games unbeaten. Matches involving the Potters have not produced a glut of goals, to put it mildly, as they have the best defensive record but have also scored the joint-fewest, so all us neutrals will be hoping they are due for a thriller.

Get in touch with your views and predictions at Lewis.Rutledge@bkyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Can Spurs win to go up to third in the Premier League or will Stoke spring a surprise and consolidate their own position in the top half? The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are likely to be the key players?

Welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League game against Stoke City at White Hart Lane. Both sides will be looking to go into Christmas on a high and it promises to be an absorbing encounter as they are two teams in decent form.

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