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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Fulham v Spurs - 15.11.08

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham

Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           7   4   2   1    13 - 5   14
Away           7   1   2   4     9 -12    5
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Total(Prem)   14   5   4   5    22 - 17  19
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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)   14   5   4   5    22 - 17  19
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   58  27  22   9   100 - 66  81
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Fulham

West Brom   1-0   Fulham
Fulham      0-0   S'derland
P'tsmouth   1-1   Fulham
Fulham      2-0   Wigan
Everton     1-0   Fulham
Fulham      2-1   Newcastle

Spurs

Spurs       0-1   Hull
Stoke       2-1   Spurs
Spurs       2-0   Bolton
Arsenal     4-4   Spurs
Spurs       2-1   Liverpool
Man City    1-2   Spurs

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
10 Fulham  11  4  2  5  10-10  0  14
16 Spurs   12  3  3  6  15-18 -3  12
Spurs roll to continue!

We haven't played Fulham since Boxing Day last year, when we beat them 5-1 at White Hart Lane, thanks to goals from Robbie Keane (2), Jermain Defoe and two from Tom Huddlestone. Ledley King made his first appearance of the season in that game, and it is hoped he will play in tomorrow's game. Spurs fifth goal in the last match was their 100th league goal against Fulham in their 58 league meetings. It was on Boxing Day last year that we learnt of the passing of an old time Spurs favourite, Tommy Harmer.

Fulham had dismissed Lawrie Sanchez by this time, and Ray Lewington was standing in before the appointment of Roy Hodgson - once briefly manager of Udinese amongst his other managerial appointments such as Blackburn and Switzerland. Fulham had a season-long battle against relegation last year, but rather miraculously, Hodgson kept them them up with a last day victory at Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth, who were of course preparing for the FA Cup Final. Fulham played and drew at shocked Fratton Park on the day Spurs played and beat Bolton, with Harry Redknapp confirmed as our new manager.

Fulham started better this season, with a home win over Arsenal, and then Bolton. They slipped into a poor run, until two recent victories (over Wigan and Newcastle) have put them into the top half of the tight Premier League table. Defeat for Fulham tomorrow could put them back in the relegation battle, and Spurs near the top half.

Last year's corresponding game was played in September, when Spurs contrived to lose a 3-1 lead in a 3-3 draw. Both teams have undergone considerable change in personnel since then. In Fulham's case there have been a baker's dozen of transfers in and out in the summer. Arrivals include Andy Johnson from Everton (won another penalty last week!), former Spur Bobby Zomora from West Ham, Zoltan Gera from West Brom, and Mark Schwarzer in goal from Middlesbrough.

Other former Spurs Danny Murphy (skipper) and Simon Davies have been important to Fulham, but their most important "arrival" since late last season has surely been the inspirational Jimmy Bullard. Signed from Wigan for a big fee in the summer of 2006, Bullard suffered a career-threatening in jury early in his first season at Fulham, but battled away until he made a successful come-back in January this year. Bullard has even won England squad recognition, and will be one to watch for Spurs tomorrow.

One conundrum for Hodgson will be whether to prepare for a Spurs 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 formation after their exciting win on Wednesday night. I am sure that all three of Spurs strikers will be in the 18, but that the likelihood will be for Modric to be behind Darren Bent at the top of the Spurs line-up. Once again Harry has a selection dilemma, but that's the way it should be.

Spurs are on a roll of 4 consecutive victories, in which they have scored an average of 3 goals per game. Harry has made a fantastic start, but he knows that he needs the team to carry on that roll. This must start by matching the five consecutive wins of December 2006, and then by beating previous records of consecutive wins in all competitions.

This is a crucial game for both teams, but for Spurs it could herald the start of another roll, with home games against Blackburn and Everton to come, before another trip withoin London to West Ham. Since Harry's arrival, we fear nobody, and quite rightly so. Remembering that this could be a banana skin for Spurs, I'll take them to continue the winning run, and a climb up the table!

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