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Preview Pack - Spurs v Fulham - 26.02.05

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Last season's home game - Spurs 0 Fulham 3
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What happened in the Premiership in Match 28 2003-4

Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham

Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          3    1   1   1     5 - 4   4
Away          4    1   0   3     5 - 7   3
Total(Prem)   7    2   1   4    10 -11   7
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   11   8   3   0    28 - 13  19
Away(Div 1)   11   6   4   1    17 - 12  16
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   4   6   1    13 - 8   14
Away(Div 2)   11   4   5   2    20 - 16  13
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
Total(Prem)   7    2   1   4    10 -11   7
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
Grand Total   51  24  19   8    88 - 60  69
Last Six Premiership results:-

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Spurs      5-2   Everton
Man Utd    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-2   Chelsea
C. Palace  3-0   Spurs
Bolton     3-1   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   P'tsmouth


Fulham     3-1   C. Palace
S'hampton  3-3   Fulham 
Fulham     1-0   West Brom
B'mingham  1-2   Fulham 
Fulham     1-1   A. Villa
Liverpool  3-1   Fulham  

Pos           P  W  D  L  F - A  GD  Pts
9   Spurs    26 10  6 10  33-30   3  36
15  Fulham   26  8  5 13  33-44 -11  29

Both teams return to Premiership action this week for the first time since February 5th, because they both had to replay their drawn FA Cup 4th Round games. Having got through those replays, Spurs survive in the FA Cup, whilst Fulham were narrowly beaten by Bolton at The Reebock last Saturday.

Both teams will therefore be eager to gain the three points at stake. Fulham, whilst they are 9 points above the relegation zone, have flirted with the danger area for too much of the season, having spent all bar the first three weeks of the season in the bottom half. Chris Coleman's side's recent results include a surprising 2-1 win at St. Andrews. Their other most surprising result thus far was a 4-1 win at Newcastle, the week after they beat us in the game at Craven Cottage in October. Fulham have shipped 4 goals against Portsmouth, Liverpool and Chelsea, but only failed to score themselves in 7 of their league games. Spurs have failed to score ten times.

The game at The Cottage was Jacques Santini's last game in charge, and possibly the most dismal performance of the season, competing with our 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park for that dubious title. The away game was also the last time we saw Sean Davis in first team action, and his recuperation is not likely to include this fixture.

Fulham's leading scorer is Andrew (we mustn't call him Andy these days) Cole, with Boa Morte, and Radzinski not far behind him. Look out too for Pappa Diop, who has had a habit of scoring last minute goals in recent games.

In 51 matches spread over nearly 100 years, Spurs have only ever lost 8 league games to Fulham. It is a quite incredible statistic to record that 4 of those defeats have been our last 4 Premiership games. We have not beaten them since March 2002. When Spurs last beat Fulham at home in December 2001, Les Ferdinand scored the 10,000th Premiership goal (read the report here), Sergei Rebrov was on the score-sheet, and Spurs won 4-0.

Fulham can be expected to play their 4-5-1, with good support for the lone front man from Boa Morte, and Spurs will need to be at their sharpest to keep a clean sheet. With half an eye on our Cup Replay next Wednesday, I expect this to be a tight game and will settle for 2-1 to Spurs. Andy Reid must surely get a game this week, as he has been inactive, and if fit, maybe Michael Dawson will start on the bench and feature at some point.

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