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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham

Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           6   3   2   1     8 - 4   11
Away           5   1   0   4     5 - 8    3
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Total(Prem)   11   4   2   5    13 -12   14
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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)   11   4   2   5    13 -12   14
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   55  26  20   9    91 - 61  76
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Last Six Premiership results:-


Fulham

Fulham     2-1    M'brough
Fulham     0-0    West Ham
Charlton   2-2    Fulham
Chelsea    2-2    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)
Fulham     0-0    Watford
West Ham   3-3    Fulham

Spurs

Man City   1-2   Spurs
Newcastle  3-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   A. Villa
Spurs      0-1   Liverpool
P'tsmouth  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-3   Newcastle

Pos        P  W  D  L  F -A   GD  Pts
 8 Spurs  23  9  5  9  28-31  -3  32
13 Fulham 23  6 10  7  25-35 -10  28

This is Fulham's sixth season in the Premiership. They have finished in the bottom half in all but one of those seasons. In 2003-4, with Chris Coleman at the helm (he was appointed in April, 2003) the "Cottagers" finished 9th, with their best points tally of 52. That was the only time in those last six years that Fulham finished above Spurs. Yet, whilst Spurs have the better overall Premiership record, as can be seen above, in the Premiership head to head, Fulham just have the edge over us, with 17 points to our 14.

Spurs away record at Craven Cottage (and Loftus Road, where Fulham were lodgers for a couple of years) is poor at this level and we haven't beaten them at their place since March 2002, when Teddy Sheringham and Gus Poyet scored the only two goals of the game. Read the report here.

Furthermore, our matches in recent years have been amongst Spurs' worst performances of the season. Last year, I was rather scathing in my report regarding Spurs' poor use of the January transfer window, and offered to suffer a forfeit if we made Champions League. I was close to paying the debt in the end! Amongst other things, I bemoaned the presence of Stephen Kelly, Andy Reid and the one and only Grzegorz Rasiak in our team that day. They have all moved on, and whilst Andy Reid has been doing well at Charlton, none of them can say they have bettered themselves since leaving, can they?

This season, Fulham have battled away, and are in fact unbeaten in their last 6 Premiership games. They have had five consecutive draws - all against London opposition - and will fancy their chances of turning us over on Saturday. Whilst it was a surprise to see skipper Boa Morte leave for ailing West Ham, Coleman has swooped to sign Italian veteran striker Vincenzo Montella on loan from Roma. Montella scored twice in Fulham's exciting 4-3 win over Leicester on Wednesday night in their FA Cup replay.

Someone who will be looking forward to this game more than most will be Steed Malbranque, who no doubt is in for a hot reception from his former adoring home fans. Malbranque has been excelling for Spurs to such a degree that I feel that, when fit, he is one of Martin Jol's automatic team selections. Malbranque shone in our replay, and was the first to be substituted in readiness for this game.

On the other hand, Spurs fans will give Michael Brown a warm reception, in recognition of his 110% effort and not inconsiderable results when wearing the Lilywhite and Blue.

With the departure of Calum Davenport, it seems that Anthony Gardner will continue next to Michael Dawson, as I doubt that Ledley King will be fit before our Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal. We are back in the situation of playing guessing games, regarding the choice between Keane and Defoe. Robbie is ahead of Paul Robinson in the pecking order for taking the Captain's' armband, which may be a factor in Martin Jol's decision between the two potential partners for Berbatov. Jol's decision must of course be purely football-based. Didier Zokora was a contender for the Spurs man of the match in the home game this season, which ended in a stalemate, and should hold his place after a good game on Wednesday.

I just hope that Spurs can start replicating some home form on away turf. There will be over 4000 Spurs fans cheering them on, but that hasn't been good enough in the last couple of years. Could this be Spurs' second away win in the Premiership this season? I'll say "Yes" and go for 2-1.

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