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Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           5   3   1   1     8 - 4   10
Away           4   1   0   3     5 - 7    3
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Total(Prem)    9   4   1   4    13 -11   13
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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)    9   4   1   4    13 -11   13
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   53  26  19   8    91 - 60  75
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Last Six Premiership results:-


Fulham

Chelsea    3-2   Fulham
Fulham     3-3   A. Villa
P'tsmouth  1-0   Fulham
Fulham     2-1   S'derland
Fulham     1-0   Newcastle
West Ham   2-1   Fulham
Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)
Spurs

Spurs      2-0   B'mingham
West Brom  2-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Newcastle
Man City   0-2   Spurs
Liverpool  1-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   A. Villa


Pos        P  W  D  L  F -A  GD  Pts
 4 Spurs  23 11  8  4  31-19 12  41
13 Fulham 23  7  5 11  27-32 -5  26

Both Spurs and Fulham have had to sit out the week-end due their embarrassing ejection from the FA Cup in the third round. Fulham lost at home to League Two side Leyton Orient (that's Division Four in old money), and before we had time to laugh too much, we got beat by a side that has failed to win a game since, has sacked its manager, and that sits in the relegation zone of the Championship.

Spurs have been "awarded" the shortest season ever trophy, as they are scheduled to play just 40 matches, having been knocked out of both Cup competitions at the first time of asking. It's going to be a stop-start season now, with three games to play before an enforced break of three weeks after the Sunderland game, due to the FA Cup, and Wigan's success in reaching the Carling Cup Final. The 2002-3 season was poor, with only three cup games in total, but apart from War Years, you have to go back to our Southern League days for a season with so few official fixtures!

If you ask me, Spurs owe us fans fourth place for their disastrous cup exploits, but we all know there is a terrific fight ahead to stay above you know who!

Let me make one last reference to the Cup. We played Fulham at home in September on the Monday after our exit at Grimsby, winning the game thanks to a solitary 8th minute goal by Jermain Defoe. Fulham put up a good fight, as they have in many games this season, without always getting the reward their efforts deserved. Former Spur David Ginola was a spectator (with SKY), and received rapturous applause when he was introduced on the pitch to the crowd at half time.

Last season's away game at Craven Cottage was played on 30th October 2004, and was Jacques Santini's last game in charge. It was an inauspicious occasion too, as Spurs were beaten 2-0, with goals from Boa Morte and Andrew Cole - now at Manchester City. Ex-Fulham midfielder Sean Davis, Pedro Mendes, and Noe Pamarot all played in that game, and now are immersed in Portsmouth's relegation battle. Michael Carrick was a substitute for Davis, and only flowered for Spurs after Santini's departure.

Fulham are the only Premiership side not to have won an away game in the League, but they have claimed 7 scalps at home, including both the Liverpool sides, Newcastle and Sunderland, and a north-western triumvurate of Bolton, Blackburn, and Manchester City.

Spurs might be fourth, but they haven't scored in the league, nor won a game since January 4th at Manchester City. At the time of writing, Spurs have yet to sign anyone going into the last day of the transfer window, and many fans are upset about the perceived drastic weakening of what was a strong squad, with Wayne Routledge being the latest star to be loaned out. Rumours abound about Michael Brown signing for Fulham, but if that happens, it must be doubtful that he would play against us. The fact that Tainio and Davids are out and that John Jackson is in the Spurs squad does not encourage confidence.

In my view, if we are to maintain a genuine challenge for fourth place, this is a game we must win, but I fear we will get a draw at best.

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