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Preview Pack - Fulham v Spurs - 31.01.04

Last Year's Game - 3-2 to Fulham
This season's home game - 3-0 to Fulham
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 23 2002-3


Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham

Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          3    1   1   1     5 - 4   4
Away          2    1   0   1     4 - 3   3
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Total(Prem)   5    2   1   2     9 - 7   7
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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)   5    2   1   2     9 - 7   7
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   49  24  19   6    87 - 56  69
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Last Six Premiership results:-
Fulham

Fulham    0  1   Chelsea
Fulham    2  0   S'hampton
A. Villa  3  0   Fulham
M'brough  2  1   Fulham
Fulham    2  1   Everton
Newcastle 3  1   Fulham

Spurs

Spurs      1  2   Man Utd
P'tsmouth  2  0   Spurs
Spurs      0  1   Charlton
Spurs      4  1   B'mingham
Leeds      0  1   Spurs
Spurs      2  1   Liverpool

Pos           P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
 7 Fulham    22  9  4  9 34-32   1  31 
11 Spurs     22  8  3 11 26-31  -5  27  

There's a certain amount of revenge to be harvested by Spurs this week, as (thaw permitting) we go to Loftus Road to play Fulham away for the first time in 16 months. This is the return fixture of our 3-0 home defeat in August, and an opportunity to avenge not only that match, but also the 3-2 loss in the previous September.

Fulham are on in their third year in the Premiership, and in their first season, we enjoyed total supremacy, with home and away league wins, AND an away league cup win (when I was privileged to sit just three seats away from the great Ricky Villa. Last year, we failed to beat them, and the home game in February was when Acimovic gained the pseudonym of Amissovic, as he failed to score at ultra-close range. Now, of course, he can do that at Lille, on loan for 6 months.

So, although Fulham have only ever beaten us 6 times in 49 league games down the years, here they are in the ascendancy, 4 places above us in the league, and unbeaten against us in 2 years. See what I mean about revenge?

Chris Coleman has done a great job for the "Cottagers", and is reputed to be a "Players' manager". The big interest here is of course going to be how will Fulham do without their ace goalscorer Louis Saha? Well, I hate to worry you, Spurs fans, but Fulham achieved their August win without Saha, for all but the last 18 minutes, as he came off the bench, and did not score in that game.

Barry Hayles was a double-scorer in that game, and it was the system that put Spurs on the back foot, with a 5 man midfield supporting the front runner, who was Hayles. Whether or not Coleman's style will be the same this time now, I don't know, but Saha's replacement, American Brian McBride, is likely to get a start.

So, it could be tough for Spurs to continue their unbeaten run in 2004, but Christian Ziege is reported to be in the running for a return (just as well, because I heard that Taricco was unable to train earlier this week), and on current form, Spurs are better than Fulham, who have lost 4 of their last 6 games in the Premiership, whilst Spurs won their last 3.

Both teams have home FA Cup replays to look forward to, but of course both will be keen to get the three points. If Spurs were to win, they would be just 1 point behind Fulham, who are counted as having had such a great season. Funny old game, ain't it? Having said that, I am going for a draw, with the score to be 1-1. See you there?

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