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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          11   7   3   1    18 - 5   24
Away          12   4   3   5    18 -16   15
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Total(Prem)   23  11   6   6    36 - 21  39
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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)   23  11   6   6    36 - 21  39
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   67  33  24  10   114 - 70 101
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs

Norwich    1-1   Spurs
West Brom  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Newcastle
West Ham   2-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Arsenal
Liverpool  3-2   Spurs

Fulham

Man City   2-0   Fulham
Fulham     3-1   West Ham
Fulham     0-1   Man Utd
Norwich    0-0   Fulham
Fulham     1-0   Stoke
S'derland  2-2   Fulham

Pos          P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs   29  16  6  7  51-36  15   54
10. Fulham  28   8  9 11  39-44  -5   33

No goal leaking here please, Spurs!

Spurs have leaked seven goals in the last week, in their last two games, and we want no more of that behaviour tomorrow!

The trouble is that since Fulham last played on 2nd March, Spurs have played 4 games, losing the last two. By the time we play we will know what Arsenal have done at Swansea, and Chelsea will also be playing tomorrow afternoon. It is time for Spurs to re-assert their hold on third position in the Premier league.

Fulham could become our fourth league "double" victims of this season, and with their away form not great, and current form patchy, we will be odds on favourites to win here.

We won 3-0 at Craven Cottage in December, but it was looking like a 0-0 until Sandro's 35 yarder in the 55th minute opened the floodgates, with Jermain Defoe scoring two more Spurs goals before the game was over. Defoe was in a rich vein of form then, and we need him to find that goal-scoring prowess again. How we miss our Brazilian star Sandro too!

Defoe also scored in last season's home game which was played on the last day of the season. Adebayor had scored an early goal to put the home crowd in a great mood, anticipating Champions League football, before Chelsea put those hopes to bed with their victory in that tournament. Let's hope that the exhausting schedule coming up for Chelsea is punishing and debilitating for them. Fulham fans will join us in that hope. They have a re-arranged home game against their closest rivals to play, due to Chelsea's involvement in last week's FA Cup quarter finals.

Mind you, Spurs know a thing or two about debilitation, after this week's venture to Italy. A few of the team that played were out on their feet after extra time, but fortunately (or was it by design?), Andre Villas-Boas could play a completely different defence from the one that played the 120 minutes on Thursday.

Lloris will return in goal. Dawson and Caulker could take over the central defence spots. Benoit Assou-Ekotto will return at left back, and Kyle Naughton could cover for Walker at right back. Naughton though also played most of the game, so maybe Walker will retain his position. Walker has played considerably more minutes than any other player this season, which is a worry.

Aaron Lennon should be okay after 40 minutes on Thursday, and of course Gareth Bale will return and he will be raring to go for Spurs. Former Fulham man Mousa Dembele's fitness will be crucial in the middle though.

Martin Jol is giving Fulham almost as short a season as he did when leading Spurs through the 2005-06 season, when we played only 40 games in our shortest ever season. We lost to teams in lower divisions at the first hurdle in both competitions, and famously fell at the last Champions League hurdle at Upton Park on the last day of that season. Those cup exits and finishing fifth was not so much fun for me, and I'll be honest, I won't be joining the regular Jol love-in tomorrow.

This will be our 44th game of the season, while for Fulham, it will be just their 33rd game, due to the absence of European football, and early cup exits in both competitions. They lost to Sheffield Wednesday at their first hurdle in the league cup, and after struggling to get past Blackpool, got thrashed by Man Utd at Old Trafford in the FA Cup. Fulham's only away wins in the league have been at Wigan and (perhaps surprisingly) at West Brom.

That West Brom win came on New Year's Day and they have since won only a further three games in ten matches. Two of those have been league wins at home against West Ham, and Stoke.

Berbatov will be Fulham's main danger of course, and he would probably quite like to put one over us, but Fulham's other main source of goals has been the Croatian Petric, with five to his name. Two of those came in their first game of the season against Norwich, and he is not a regular starter anyway.

Fulham are in tenth place on 33 points, and not exactly out of the woods just yet when it comes to relegation, but you'd expect them to easily find the necessary points to formally get over the line in their remaining games. They are bottom of the "London League" though, with only that win against West Ham to their name. They have three more Derby matches yet to play, after our game too.

Spurs are three points clear of Arsenal in that "London League", and I expect them to maintain that position with a 3-1 win tomorrow. Berbatov might get a goal against his old team, but we'll be too good for them, I am sure.

Tomorrow's referee will be Mike Jones.

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