Bale returns; Lambert starts: Southampton v Tottenham Teams

(Sporting Alert) — Gareth Bale returns to the starting line-up for Tottenham, while Rickie Lambert is also back for Southampton for today’s Barclays Premier League clash at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Bale missed Tottenham’s Premier League defeat against Chelsea last week, as well as the 1-1 draw with Maribor in the Europa League on Thursday due to the birth of his child.

However, the speedy Welshman winger has been recalled to help to boost the starting XI for Spurs.

Veteran keeper Brad Friedel remains in goal ahead of Frenchman Hugo Lloris, while Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe lead a strong attacking line-up.

Striker Lambert is back in the starting line-up for Southampton after his shocking exclusion from last week’s team that went down to West Ham.

Jay Rodriguez also starts for the Saints who are in need of a victory.

LINE-UPS: Southampton v Tottenham Teams

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez

Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Caulker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Sandro, Huddlestone, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe

Subs: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Falque, Livermore, Townsend

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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