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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          14   9   3   2    24 - 8   30
Away          13   5   3   5    20 -17   18
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Total(Prem)   27  14   6   7    44 - 24  48
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   11   8   3   0    28 - 13  19
Away(Div 1)   11   6   4   1    17 - 12  16
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Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   4   6   1    13 - 8   14
Away(Div 2)   11   4   5   2    20 - 16  13
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Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
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Total(Prem)   27  14   6   7    44 - 24  48
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
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Grand Total   71  36  24  11   122 - 74 110
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Fulham     -    LDDWLL

Fulham     0-2    West Ham
Newcastle  0-0    Fulham
Fulham     1-1    Wolves
Fulham     1-0    Hds'field
Arsenal    4-1    Fulham
Burnley    2-1    Fulham

Spurs      -    WWWLWL
           
Spurs      1-0    Burnley
Everton    2-6    Spurs
Spurs      5-0    B'mouth
Spurs      1-3    Wolves
Cardiff    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Man Utd

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs    22 16  0  6  46-22  24  48
19. Fulham   22  3  5 14  20-49 -29  14

Spurs to win without Harry Kane

The last time we played Fulham at Wembley in August, Harry Kane broke one of the many personal records we see created or amended by "One of our own" throughout every season these days. He scored his first August Premier League goal!

The last time we played Fulham at Craven Cottage was in an FA Cup Fifth Round game which we won 3-0, thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick. That was Harry's fifth Spurs hat-trick in a career where he has now scored 11. It was Kane's second of no less than 8 club hat-tricks of 2017.

Will we miss Harry Kane at Craven Cottage this Sunday? Of course we will! However, despite other absences including Son Heung-min with South Korea in Dubai, and the likely absence of any specialist defensive midfielder with Sissoko unlikely to return before next Thursday at best, we will adjust, and I have every confidence that we will win against a Fulham side struggling in the bottom three. It is a side that has shipped more goals than any other Premier League side this season (49), and we will surely see that half-century of conceded goals in Sky's 4pm game.

The last time we played a Premier League game at Craven Cottage was in December 2013, at which time Harry Kane had yet to make a Premier League start for the club, and he had not yet scored his first Premier League goal. Harry had made his mark in other ways and his goal-scoring prowess would be revealed in full in the following season and every season since. With his last goal (in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea) Harry became a unique Spurs record-breaker, becoming the first player to score 20 or more club goals in five consecutive seasons. Yes, we will miss him, and must hope we have something to play for by the time he does make his return.

Teams change of course over the course of over 5 years, and while there will be no-one representing Fulham who played in that December 2013 game, there will, in all likelihood, be three Spurs players (Lloris, Vertomghen and Lamela) playing on Sunday. Vlad Chiriches and Lewis Holtby scored our late goals in that game to secure a win. It was Chiriches' one Premier League goal for the club. Vlad remains on the books of Napoli although he suffered an ACL injury playing for his country in September. Lewis Holtby is playing regularly for Hamburg in Bundesliga 2.

There have been a number of players who have represented both Spurs and Fulham. Cliff Jones, who ws only recently overtaken by Harry Kane in our all-time top goalscorers' list was one. Scott Parker, Dimitar Berbatov and Adel Taarabt were in Fulham's 18 in December 2013, but the one player in the limelight this week has of course been 31 year old Mousa Dembele, whose transfer to Guangzhou in China was confirmed.

Mousa was signed by Spurs from Fulham at the end of the August 2012 transfer window and actually scored on his debut against Norwich. Dembele's next (and probably most significant) club goal was the late away goal against Lyon in February 2013 that gave us passage to the Europa League Round of 16 that year. Mousa was not signed for his goals though, and in the last two or three years of his Spurs career won widespread adulation for his midfield skills, where the ball would so often seem to stick to his feet as he slalomed between close marking players. Other players call him "The Doctor" and he leaves the club with much affection in both directions from players and fans alike. Mousa Dembele made only 9 starts and 4 substitute appearances for us this season. His last appearance only lasted 7 minutes when he was injured in the early stages of our away game against Wolves on 3rd November.

Fulham rallied a little after Claudio Ranieri replaced Slavisa Jokanovic as manager in November. The "Cottagers" beat Southampton 3-2 in the "Tinkerman's" first game in charge, which was only Fulham's second league win of the season. They've only managed one more, and that was over Huddersfield, and then thanks to a last minute goal by Mitrovic, who is the club's top scorer with 8 league goals. Fulham have also managed draws against Leicester, Newcastle and Wolves, but they are still five points adrift of safety, and are unlikely to get anything in this game.

Despite their position, Fulham are still capable of the sensational, as demonstrated by Andre Schurrle's cracker last week at Turf Moor. Fulham scored all three goals in that game but unfortunately two were into their own net, as Burnley actually won without managing a shot on target themeselves! Fulham's one definite absentee is defender Alfie Mawson, signed from Swansea, who has a knee injury. Ryan Sessegnon has been picking up form recently, and always has to be watched.

How will Mauricio Pochettino deal with this game without Kane, Son, Sissoko (two weeks out apparently), Lucas Moura and Wanyama? Eric Dier has returned to full training, and may be involved, but will he start? I think with the enforced absences this could be a game for a back three of Sanchez, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, with wing-backs to supply Llorente. Eriksen, or Dele Alli could play beside Harry Winks, with Lamela beside whoever takes the more advanced role. It's a 2-0 Spurs win for me! Such a result would consolidate our top four position with Arsenal hosting Chelsea tomorrow tea-time. We would certainly stay third!

Referee Craig Pawson has been in charge of Spurs only for way games so far this season. There have been three so far - all wins - at Old Trafford, Huddersfield and Leicester. We have won the last five games he has been in the middle. The previous two wins were at home - 4-0 against Everton and 5-4 against Leicester!

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 16th January, 1999, Spurs played the first of no less than 5 games against Wimbledon in a spell of 8 fixtures. It was the first of two goal-less draws.

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