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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Fulham - 13.05.12

Spurs 1 Fulham 0 - 1st January, 2011
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          10   6   3   1    16 - 5   21
Away          11   3   3   5    15 -16   12
Total(Prem)   21   9   6   6    31 - 21  33
Football Lge
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)   21   9   6   6    31 - 21  33
Total(Div 1)  22  14   7   1    45 - 25  35
Total(Div 2)  22   8  11   3    33 - 24  27
Grand Total   65  31  24  10   109 - 70  95

Last Six Premiership results:-


S'derland  0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   Norwich
QPR        1-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Blackburn
Bolton     1-4   Spurs
A. Villa   1-1   Spurs


Bolton     0-3   Fulham
Fulham     1-1   Chelsea
Fulham     2-1   Wigan
Everton    4-0   Fulham
Liverpool  0-1   Fulham
Fulham     2-1   S'derland

Pos           P   W  D  L  F-A GD  Pts
4 Spurs  37 19  9  9  64 41  23  66
9 Fulham 37 14 10 13  48 49  -1  52

I want no love-in, just a win!

Tomorrow, we welcome Martin Jol back to White Hart Lane for the first time since his controversial dismissal on the night of 25th October, 2007, when we lost at home to Getafe in the UEFA Cup Group stage. Jol's sacking was a sad episode for the club's board, after it emerged that Sevilla manager Juande Ramos had been courted for the position. (Spurs 1 Getafe 2 - 25th October, 2007). It seemed that Martin Jol was the last person in the stadium to know of his dismissal.

Jol was, and remains a very popular figure amongst the vast majority of Spurs fans. He had, after all, led us to our highest Premier League position (5th on two occasions), and very nearly to the promised land of Champions League football. Despite winning the Carling Cup in 2008, Ramos turned out to be a disaster and had to be replaced almost exactly one year later, by Harry Redknapp, who has taken us beyond the achievements of Jol.

There was a love-in for Jol when we met Fulham at Craven Cottage in November, but I want no love-in tomorrow, just a win. I suspect my words will fall upon stony ground, as there will be plenty of Jol idolatry in the stadium. Not only are we vying to reach the Champions League for a second time in three years, but we are vying to become the top team in London, should Arsenal slip up at West Brom. Third place would save us the pain and anxiety of waiting for the result of the Champions League Final next week.

A win over Fulham won't be easy though, but such a result would also give us the "London League" for this season. Fulham are ahead at the moment, so they are also seeking that position. A win would give Fulham their highest ever Premier League points total, and could enable Jol to match Fulham's highest ever position of seventh.

Jol, and Fulham have every incentive to upset Spurs' aspirations, and despite the potential love-in, there will be no love lost in football terms.

Fulham's season started a full 10 months ago in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, having won the right to take part through the Fair Play League. They played 13 Europa League games until they fell at the Group Stage in December, along with Spurs. There is no doubt that the schedule affected Fulham's early season league form, and it took them till March to climb into the top half. Fulham are second only to Man City in the current 6-game form guide, and have won 8 of their last 13 games. They drew at home and away to Chelsea this season, beat Arsenal at home and drew away, and beat QPR at home and away. Spurs are the only London team to have inflicted defeat upon Fulham in the Premier league this season, (Fulham 1 Spurs 3 - 6th November 2011) and that result was rather flattering.

Fulham are going to have to manage without their top scorer this season, 29 year old Clint Dempsey. Dempsey has played all 37 league games this season, and has scored 17 league goals, but he has an abductor problem apparently and will be missing. Jol did make a useful January signing in Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who has scored 6 goals in his 11 Premier League games to date. That makes him second highest scorer, just above Bobby Zamora who left for QPR.

Spurs, of course, will be without the suspended Danny Rose, and will have one or two adjustments to make to their team. Scott Parker is apparently still doubtful. If Harry can find three fit centre backs, maybe he'll try a 3-5-2, with Walker and Bale as attacking wing-backs. There has been some talk of Gallas possibly playing at left back, but who does that leave in the middle, with Ledley needing another operation on his kneee in the summer?. On the other hand, a fit Parker would enable Redknapp to play a 4-2-3-1, with Bale at left back, protected by Parker and Sandro in turn. All will be revealed tomorrow, and I'm not going to try and read Harry Redknapp's mind!

It's going to be an exciting last day of the season, and all eyes will be on the Jumbotron as well as the pitch, hoping for a West Brom success against Arsenal, and of course a win for Spurs! Here's hoping! I've gone for a 3-1 to Spurs, and a point for The Baggies!

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