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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Fulham v Spurs - 26.12.09

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           8   4   3   1    13 - 5   15
Away           8   1   2   5    10 -14    5
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Total(Prem)   16   5   5   6    23 - 19  20
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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)   16   5   5   6    23 - 19  20
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   60  27  23  10   101 - 68  82
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Fulham

B'mingham  1-0   Fulham
Fulham     3-0   Blackburn
Fulham     1-1   Bolton
Fulham     1-0   S'derland
Burnley    1-1   Fulham
Fulham     3-0   Man Utd

Spurs
 
Spurs      9-1   Wigan
A. Villa   1-1   Spurs
Everton    2-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Wolves
Spurs      3-0   Man City
Blackburn  0-2   Spurs

Pos       P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
5 Spurs  18 10  3  5  40-22  18  33
9 Fulham 17  7  5  5  23-17   6  26

Harry Redknapp has this week included Fulham as one of the contenders for a Champions League place, along with ourselves, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool - not forgetting of course the other three members of the "cartel" that has occupied the top four slots down most of the years that the Champions League has been in existence. It is not such a surprise, as Roy Hodgson's side is one of the Premier League's form sides at present.

Hodgson was appointed as Fulham manager in December 2007, and in 2 years he has transformed a side which only just escaped relegation at the end of that 2007-08 season to one which has not only qualified for the Europa League, but which has reached the knock-out stages of this re-hashed event. In doing so, Fulham beat FC Basel at home and away (formerly managed by ex-Spurs man Christian Gross), and gained a creditable draw at home to Roma, who finished two points above them in their group.

Due to their European commitments, Fulham are one match behind in their Premier League programme, and they will play that game (Stoke away) early in the New Year. Fulham come into this game in high spirits, having sent Manchester United home with their tails between their legs after a 3-0 win last Saturday. In fairness, the United team was decimated by injury, but Fulham did play very well.

Former Spur Bobby Zamora is in great form currently, having scored in the last 4 games. This current run started with the winner against Sunderland, which caused him to respond negatively towards his own fans who had often taunted him in his preceding barren spell (of just 5 games). Another ex-Spur (we meet them all over the place these days) is Danny Murphy who stole the ball off Paul Scholes of all people to race away and plant his shot beyond the reach of United's second choice keeper Tomasz Kuszczak in last Saturday's game.

You might also find Paul Konchesky, Stephen Kelly and Simon Davies amongst the Fulham 18. Kelly was signed in the summer from Birmingham, but has only played in two League games so far. Konchesky (once on loan to Spurs from Charlton) has been a regular, but Simon Davies has not been so prominent this season in an improved squad where competition is tougher, not least because of the arrival and return to some of his best form of Damien Duff. I thought Duff had one his best games in recent years in the Republic of Ireland game against France which went down in the annals of football history because of Thierry Henry's exploits. (Simon Davies has also recently suffered an ankle injury)

Fulham had a difficult start to this season, with 4 defeats in their first six games, but since then they have lost just once in 11 games. Four of their last five games have been at home (this will make it five out of six), and that has had a lot to do with their resurgence.

It is becoming a habit for these two teams to meet on Boxing Day, as this will be the third consecutive year it has happened. In 2007, Spurs beat relegation threatened Fulham 5-1 with two goals apiece by Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone. Jermain Defoe chipped in with a last minute goal. Last year's 0-0 at White Hart Lane wasn't so good. Fulham were 5 points above us before and after this game, in eighth place to our sixteenth.

You have to go back 42 years to the previous time the two teams met on Boxing Day. That game ended 2-2, with Cliff Jones scoring both our goals. Cliff moved to Fulham from Tottenham in 1968.

Because of the festive season, this preview is being written before any official team news has been published. However, we know that Ledley King is back in training and that Harry hopes to use him for one of the two Christmas fixtures. Having said that Dawson and Bassong have just kept two clean sheets. On balance I would hope to see an unchanged side at Craven Cottage. Keep checking the Physio Room link for the latest injury news on both teams.

This is probably going to be the tougher of our two London Derby Christmas matches, and no-one should be unhappy to come away with a point on Saturday. However, Spurs ought to present tougher opposition than did a weakened Manchester United side, and I hope for a 2-1 win!

I hope that you all enjoy your Christmas Day festivities, and that the players don't enjoy it too much!

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