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After dispatching the Italian giants of Juventus last week, we get the chance to complete a remarkable double when we visit White Hart Lane this Wednesday night in a FA Cup quarter-final replay. With the original tie, at Craven Cottage, a little on the drab side purists will be looking for a more rip-roaring affair this time around, especially with the added bonus of a semi-final tie, at Wembley, against Portsmouth awaiting the winners.

Vital Quotes:

Fulham start this FA Cup quarter-final as under-dogs, but the cup has a history of bigger upsets than Fulham beating Spurs.

Zoltan Gera, after playing a huge part in downing the mighty Juventus, has spoken out about the fixture, remarking,

"This is a big occasion for the players, fans and the club.'

'It will be an important night for us all, and hopefully I can play my part. I am pleased with my season so far, but there is always more that you can do."

'I have managed to score some important goals, and I would like to do so again. It's always nice to score, but of course, when it has a greater importance for the team that is great."

'But it's not just about one player, this is a team and we all have the same hopes for Wednesday - we all want to go through.'

Hopefully those hopes will materialise!

Spurs Team News:

Harry Redknapp, with eyes on a second FA Cup win in three years but with different clubs, will be without the injured Jermain Defoe. Younes Kaboul is cup tied but pundits suggest Harry will recall Wilson Palacios to the starting eleven after the player missed the trip to Stoke at the weekend.

Spurs squad:- Gomes, Alnwick, Corluka, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Rose, Bentley, Kranjcar, Modric, Palacios, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch, Gudjohnsen, Livermore, Dervite, Parrett, Fredericks, Townsend, Kane

Player to watch: Luka Modric

The tricky Croatian has the ability to turn a match on its head in an instant. Let`s hope we can deny him the space in which to operate.

Fulham Team News:

Roy Hodgson enters the fixture hoping that his defensive rock, Brede Hangeland, is fit again after missing the recent defeat to Manchester City. Elsewhere, Simon Davies, Danny Murphy and Paul Konchesky will all be hoping to play a significant part in knocking their former club out of the FA Cup.

Possible Fulham starting eleven:- Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies, Gera and Zamora.

Player to watch: Bobby Zamora

Continues to defy the critics and continues to score with regularity. A brace against Spurs would go down well Bobby!

Match Facts & Stats

Spurs enter the fixture in by far the better run of form; the North London side are unbeaten in seven fixtures. Fulham, on the other hand, are notoriously poor on the road and their last away triumph was against Accrington Stanley in the 4th round of this competition. Spurs also have a 100% record, when it comes to going through, in FA Cup ties with Fulham.

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson will be the man with the whistle ably assisted by his two assistants Stephen Child and Simon Beck. The fourth official will be Lee Probert.

Match Prediction:

February saw Fulham go the whole month without losing thereby earning (Sir) Roy Hodgson the 'Manager of the Month` award. March has not been successful with wins not that common, one in seven I believe. So what better time to make it two in seven with a win over Spurs, I`m taking Bobby Zamora to get the winner in a 2-1 win that`ll send us to Wembley!

Next Fixtures:

It`s a return to Premier League football this weekend with a trip to Hull, a trip that`ll see us encounter or old friend / foe Jimmy Bullard again.

Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Tuesday March 23 2010
Time: 7:23PM

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Perhaps foolishly, I'll predict a Fulham win in this one. No earthly reason why; just think it's going to happen. Maybe it's still the euphoria of the Juve win, but I think we'll rise to the occasion.
23/03/2010 19:32:00
As a Spurs supporter I feel they will win this game. I feel Spurs did the hard part by getting the draw at Fulham, I believe Fulham had their best chance then. I will very disappointed if Spurs can not win at home having done the job at Fulham. Spurs to win after 90 minutes.
Ox Yid
23/03/2010 19:45:00
it must be a fulham win, and watch out for dempsey off the bench... 2 in 8, there putney... let's make them memorable in march!
23/03/2010 20:24:00
If you are ever going to beat Spurs in a quarter final, you will have your best shot in decades right now. We have a better injured squad right now than your first eleven. A bit too cocky? Sorry :) Good luck with anything else than meeting us :)
23/03/2010 20:40:00
Its gonna be tricky but Spurs should take it...Dempsey is your key man IMO...He is capable of all sorts...
Daz Hotspurs
24/03/2010 06:52:00
NorwaySpurs - they had their best shot at Craven Cottage where we were hardly any better off injury wise and actually played really poorly. Expect a Spurs win tonight, not an easy win as they have their full team back now, but a win! PS, Fulham, good luck for the rest of the league season, fast becoming everyone's second team. COYS
Dan Mac
24/03/2010 09:03:00
fulham have 11 key players all up for it it will be a fight fulham will not roll over luck be the winner on this one time will tell
truth sayer ffc
24/03/2010 13:33:00
gonna be a cracker tonight..come on you SPurs (the words of every Spurs supporter incl O Hara)
Daz Hotspurs
24/03/2010 14:59:00
Its time......
24/03/2010 17:49:00
well a 2nd half spanking and its all done with :)
only 1 spurs
24/03/2010 21:53:00
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