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Full Record of Spurs -v- Fulham
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          14   9   3   2    24 - 8   30
Away          14   6   3   5    22 -18   21
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Total(Prem)   28  15   6   7    46 - 25  51  1.82 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)   28  15   6   7    46 - 25  51
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   72  37  24  11   124 - 75 113
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DWDLLD
           
Chelsea    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Arsenal
C.Palace   1-1    Spurs
Liverpool  2-1    Spurs
Spurs      0-2    Leicester
Wolves     1-1    Spurs

Fulham     -    WLDDDD

Leicester  1-2    Fulham
Man City   2-0    Fulham
Fulham     1-1    Liverpool
Brighton   0-0    Fulham
Newcastle  1-1    Fulham
Fulham     0-0    S'hampton

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 7. Spurs   15  7  5  3  26-15  11   26
18. Fulham  15  2  5  8  13-23 -10   11

Two or three goals would be nice Jose!

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13 years ago at this time of the year we experienced a Spurs goal-fest at White Hart Lane. First we beat Fulham 5-1 with goals by Keane (2), Huddlestone (2) and Defoe on Boxing Day. Then on 29th December 2007 we beat Reading 6-4. Dimitar Berbatov scored 4 of those. Steed Malbranque, previously of Fulham, added a goal, along with Jermain Defoe. Incidentally, at the age of 40 (41 in January) Steed is still active as a player and is on the books of a French amateur club - Limonest.

We've even had a couple of similar, and more sensational results this season, but they've both been away from home against Southampton then Manchester United where we scored five and six goals respectively. That Old Trafford game was nearly three months ago. At home, we've disappointed a lot of the time, taking until our fourth home league game to win, and that against Brighton 2-1. The subsequent wins against Man City and Arsenal were good performances and Jose Mourinho's defensive then counter-attacking style suited us against these opponents. The recent run of league results where we have dropped 10 out of the last 12 points has been disappointing to say the least. Some fans had already lost their patience with Mourinho, but it took this observer until Sunday night's Wolves game to come out of the critical closet so to speak.

It is time for Spurs to not just get on the front foot for the first 57 seconds of a game, as per Molineux, but to maintain positive momentum throughout a game. Fulham are just the right opponents to suffer such treatment you might say, but despite their position in the bottom three, would you believe their form over the last six games is better than Spurs? Okay, so they are only one point better off than us over those games, but Scott Parker has got his team playing some positive and fast-flowing football. They are not hitting the net much, but they have kept two clean sheets in their last three games, which is more than Spurs can say.

Scott Parker was the Spurs Odyssey Player of the Season in 2011-12 when we finished fourth but were cruelly denied a place in the following season's Champions League. Parker was appointed Fulham's caretaker manager towards the end of their relegation season, then got the job on full terms, guiding them back after one season, courtesy of a Play-Off Final win against our League Cup semi-final opponents next week, Brentford. Among his support team Scott has Matthew Wells, a former Spurs Junior player and grandson of none other than Cliff Jones. Scott had to stay at home for Fulham's last game, self-isolating due to a Covid-19 contact, but he has tested negative and will be present tomorrow.

The most significant of Fulham's recent results was when they gave Liverpool a good run for their money in the game before our 2-1 defeat at Anfield. Liverpool only equalised through an unfortunate handball by Kamara when in the wall blocking a free kick. That resulted in a penalty, which was scored by Salah.

Fulham made a number of signings after their promotion was concerned. Their main danger man may be former Charlton and Everton attacking midfielder Ademola Lookman (23) on loan from Leipzig. He will appear anywhere at the front. Other signings include left back Antonee Robinson (23) from Wigan, Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea, and 27-year-old goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from PSG. They've also signed Mario Lemina on loan and Harrison Reed (full terms) from Southampton. Another player appearaing regularly this season is former Chelsea Academy defender Ola Aina on a season-long loan from Torino.

Fulham's established players include Bobby Decordova-Reid, who generally plays on the right side of attack or midfield and Ivan Cavaleiro, signed a couple of years ago from Wolves. Yes, he is Portuguese! Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is not starting every game, but is usually involved at some point in the game. Mitrovic does not have the mobility of most of his team-mates I suspect. Look out too for Tom Cairney in midfield - a Fulham stalwart over the last five years with 198 league appearances to his name. He has a decent shot on him too.

It is very unlikely we will see former Spur Josh Onomah in action. Josh hasn't played since 1st October, appearing only in Fulham's first two league games.

Our last game against Fulham was in January 2019, which we won thanks to a last minute goal by Winks. It was our last away win in the Premier League that season, and also Mauricio Pochettino's last away league win in charge of Spurs. The only two away games we managed to win were in the Champions League at Dortmund and in Amsterdam. We didn't win away in the Premier league until Jose Mourinho took over and we won 3-2 at The London Stadium.

Our first meeting with Fulham in the Premier League was in December 2001 when we won 4-0 at White Hart Lane. Brian Judson's preview of that game is a worthy read regarding the history of our meetings with the "Cottagers".

There is bound to be some rotation and maybe even a start for Joe Rodon next to Toby Alderweireld. I expect a back four with Aurier and Reguilon in the full back positions. As for the rest of the team, maybe Sissoko, Winks (Hojbjerg has to have a break sometime); Ndombele; Son, Kane, Bergwijn. My (bound to be wrong) prediction is for a 3-0 home win! By the time we play tomorrow we could be starting in 8th place, but a win would take us back into the top four. Let's hope we do that! We kick off at 6pm with the game being shown live on Amazon Prime.

The match referee will be Peter Bankes, taking charge of Spurs for only the third time. His last match with us was a bad day for VAR when Eric Dier suffered a very harsh handball decision and Newcastle got a late draw thanks to the resulting penalty.

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