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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           9   5   3   1    15 - 5   18
Away           9   1   3   5    10 -14    6
Total(Prem)   18   6   6   6    25 - 19  24
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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)   18   6   6   6    25 - 19  24
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
Grand Total   62  28  24  10   103 - 68  86

Last Six Premiership results:-


Fulham     2-2   Man Utd
Blackpool  2-2   Fulham
Fulham     2-1   Wolves
Blackburn  1-1   Fulham
Fulham     0-0   Everton
West Ham   1-1   Fulham

Stoke      1-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Wigan
West Brom  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Wolves
West Ham   1-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   A. Villa

Pos        P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
5  Spurs   7  3  2  2  8-6   2  11
10 Fulham  7  1  6  0  8-7   1   9
Time to make a mark

Mark Hughes' Fulham are one of only two unbeaten teams in this season's Premier League. The other is Manchester United. Both have drawn the higher proportion of their games, which means they are not as high in the league as they might otherwise have been. In Fulham's case, they have only managed one win in their seven games, which came at home against Wolves, and was courtesy of a last minute goal by new signing Moussa Dembele. Dembele scored Fulham's other goal too, and his first league goals gave Fulham fans a little hope in the knowledge that Bobby Zamora had his leg broken in the same game by Wolves skipper Karl Henry. The Wolves "anti-football" tag started here.

Unfortunately for Fulham, Dembele has been out since 21st September with an ankle injury, but he could be back to face us on Saturday. Former Spur Stephen Kelly may just miss this game with a calf muscle strain, but former gooner Senderos is Fulham's only other long term injury worry. Senderos has yet to play a competitive game for his new club, having suffered his ankle injury against Spain in the World Cup. In fact Senderos has only played 9 competitive games over the last year, and most of those have been for Switzerland.

Fulham do still have the mainstay of their defence though - Brede Hangeland. He won't be dwarfed by Peter Crouch, assuming the Englishman resumes his successful partnership with Rafael van der Vaart. Another summer signing Carlos Salcido has been a 90 minute man in 5 of Fulham's games so far, but he was busy in the 2-2 draw between Mexico and Venezuela on Tuesday. Our own Giovani scored a goal in that game, but as opposed to Salcido, he is unlikely to feature at Craven Cottage.

Fulham lost Paul Konchesky to Liverpool and Chris Smalling to Man Utd in the summer (Smalling was signed and loaned back in January, but has now gone permanently), but otherwise they have retained plenty of familiar faces, such as Mark Schwarzer, Simon Davies, Danny Murphy and Clint Dempsey. Dempsey has a compatriot and possible strike partner in Eddie Johnson, but if Dembele returns, Johnson may miss out. Fulham also signed former West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening permanently, but he hasn't featured much this season. Danny Murphy will be as determined as ever to make an impression against the team that he used to play for occasionally.

Hopefully, all Spurs Internationals have returned unscathed from their travels on this International break. Benoit Assou-Ekotto came off after 70 minutes in his game for Cameroon against Congo last Saturday, but should be okay to play this week. We should also be hopeful that Younes Kaboul and William Gallas are fit again after their recent absences. Ledley will presumably be held back for next week's Inter game, although he too has been suffering a groin strain on top of his usual troubles. According to the Physio Room site, even Michael Dawson might be back soon, but I cannot imagine he will be available for selection for a couple of weeks at least.

Both teams will be keen to make a mark on this game for the right reasons. Fulham need their second league win of the season, which would put them above Spurs and give them a real fillip. Similarly, Spurs want another win and consistency to stake their continuing claim to a top four place. It's a difficult game to call, and one goal might just be enought to secure the three points. Let's just hope it's Spurs!

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