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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          15   9   4   2    25 - 9   31
Away          14   6   3   5    22 -18   21
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Total(Prem)   29  15   7   7    47 - 26  52  1.79 Pts per game
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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)   29  15   7   7    47 - 26  52
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   73  37  25  11   125 - 76 114
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Fulham     -    LDWDWD

Fulham     2-0   Leicester
Fulham     0-0   West Ham
Everton    0-2   Fulham
Burnley    1-1   Fulham
Fulham     1-0   Sheff Utd
C. Palace  0-0   Fulham

Spurs      -    LLWLLW
           
Brighton   1-0    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Chelsea
Spurs      2-0    West Brom
Man City   3-0    Spurs
West Ham   2-1    Spurs
Spurs      4-0    Burnley

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8. Spurs   25 11  6  8  41-27  14   39
18. Fulham  26  4 11 11  21-32 -11   23 

Craven for a win here!

This match was originally scheduled to be played on 24th April, but as we have a Carabao Cup Final appointment with Manchester City on 25th April, the game has been brought forward.

15 Premier League games ago, after losing 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, Scott Parker’s Fulham had just seven points, but they were above three clubs – Burnley, West Brom and Sheffield United. The “Cottagers” (for that is their nickname) had won only two games which were at home to West Brom and surprisingly away to Leicester.

Fulham’s 12th league game was at home to Liverpool and they had the Premier League champions worried for most of the game after Jamaican-born Bobby Decordova-Reid gave Fulham a 25th minute lead which Liverpool only levelled through a Mo Salah penalty after 79 minutes. That penalty was only awarded when a Wijnaldum free kick was blocked by the wall with a raised arm. That was the first of five consecutive draws for Fulham. The fifth was the game at Tottenham on 13th January. We had originally been scheduled to play Aston Villa that week, but they had Covid problems. Fulham had also been affected and Parker had been upset when they were asked to play Spurs at short notice. Harry Kane had given us a 25th minute lead with a superb diving header from a Reguilon cross. However, another of Fulham’s pacy attacking players, the Portuguese Ivan Cavaleiro, equalised in the 74th minute when he headed home a cross by Ademola Lookman.

Those three players, Decordova-Reid, Lookman and Cavaleiro are only examples of why Fulham have offered most of their opponents since December a difficult game. The fact is that of the 15 games they have played since mid-December they have lost only to Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester, who gained revenge for their home loss. Fulham have drawn too many games. Along with Brighton, until this midweek’s round of games, they had drawn more games (11) than any other Premier League team this season. Fulham have recently won two games. They beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park, and narrowly beaten relegation certainties Sheffield United. Fulham have lost no league game by a big margin since the early part of the season.

Fulham have been in the bottom three for a while though, but they reached a point where they are within three points of both Brighton and Newcastle, neither of whom play before the weekend. Fulham’s big incentive against us is that a win would take them out of the bottom three, above Newcastle on goal difference.

Parker seems to have invigorated his side with pace. Aleksandar Mitrovic doesn’t get so many minutes now, and the likes of Lookman, Cavaleiro and Decordova-Reid are fed by Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has only scored once but is never far from the action. Fulham are usually captained now by centre-back Joachim Andersen. In Sunday’s game at Selhurst Park Andersen had chances to score and made at least one vital defensive intervention. As I wrote after that game, I think Spurs are going to have greater difficulty in tomorrow’s game than we will at home to Palace on Sunday evening. Fulham are missing back-up goalkeeper Marek Rodak (finger) and midfielder Tom Cairney (knee). Cairney has been an important part of the Fulham team for five and a half seasons now, but he has not been able to play since December.

Once again Jose Mourinho has no injuries to report, although he said at his press conference today that Lo Celso will not be ready for a week or two. He also would not commit to saying Gareth Bale would start. With this being the middle game of three matches in 8 days, Jose is bound to mix up his personnel I feel, but not drastically. He will need pace in his back four, I would suggest. I’ll go for a 2-0 Spurs win! The match kicks off at 6pm tomorrow and is being shown in the UK on BT SPORT.

Our match referee will be David Coote, in charge of a Spurs game for the fourth time this season, and the eighth time altogether. The first two games with Mr. Coote this season were good wins too, over Southampton (A) and Leeds (H). Unfortunately, the last game was a 5-4 FA Cup defeat at Goodison Park.

Did you know? - This matchday (4th March) is the 14th anniversary of a dramatic 4-3 win at Upton Park. I hope this is not such a close game!

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