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Spurs
vs.
Fulham

White Hart Lane

13/05/12

15:00

Fulham take the short trip to White Hart Lane this Sunday to complete their Premier League season. The game could see one of two scenarios develop. The first, a win for Spurs, would see our hosts qualify for the Champions League next season whilst the second, a Fulham win, would see Fulham attain their highest number of points in a Premier League campaign, in fifty-five. Chuck into the mixer the fact that the fixture gives Martin Jol the chance to return to the club where he was cruelly removed from office, should ensure it is an entertaining fixture.

Vital Quotes:

Ahead of the game, Martin Jol has recalled the time he spent at Spurs and his task of attaining Champions League football wasn`t something he felt was achievable, remarking to the tabloid journalists,

<>"At the time, Liverpool were still in the top four and you had Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea."

"So to tell me we had to be in the top four was a bit too much for us."

But as for now, Jol continues,

"In the last three or four years they have spent a lot of money on the likes of Luka Modric, Van der Vaart and even Emmanual Adebayor, which was probably unimaginable when I was there."

"We had different players then like Chimbonda, Erik Edman and Stephen Kelly and that is different to what they have now."

"Spurs have wanted to be in the Champions League for the last six or seven years and they won`t be pleased if they don`t achieve that this year."

"But I think they deserve to be there because they were in the top four all the time."


But wouldn`t it be cute if we got a result an Spurs lost out!

Spurs Team News:

Harry Redknapp will be continuing his quest for Champions League qualification with some key squad members.

Scott Parker will be absent with an Achilles problem, Benoit Assou-Ekotto has a shoulder injury whilst young Danny Rose is suspended.

Player to watch: Emmanual Adebayor

The Togo ace always seems to do well against us having scored 4 goals in his last 5 games against us.

Fulham Team News:

Martin Jol takes his squad to N17 with the news that Clint Demspey will not be available with Clint having a groin injury. Also missing will be the long term injured of Grygera, Ruiz, Etuhu and Sidwell.

Player to watch: Moussa Dembele

A reputed target for Spurs the Belgian is capable of delivering a performance that could swing the game our way

Match Facts & Stats

Our record against Spurs, in the Premier League is poor with only one win in our last eleven encounters, perhaps we should take heart from a recent meeting in the FA Cup when we won 4-0!

Ref Watch:

Referee: P Dowd Assistants: D Bond, A Halliday Fourth Official: S Attwell

Match Prediction:

Although our away form has improved recently and although we have the added incentive of racking up a record points total since we`ve been in the Premier League, and we could quite possibly finish above Liverpool and Everton in the Premier League, finishing seventh, it`ll be a tough task! My heart tells me we can win but my head reckons it`ll be a draw at best.

Next Fixtures:

This is it folks, the end of the 2011-2012 season and hasn`t it flown by!


Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Saturday May 12 2012
Time: 3:22PM

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Comments

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first! spurs win 2-0 WBA 1-1!!
thfc1989
12/05/2012 16:37:00
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"We had different players then like Chimbonda, Erik Edman and Stephen Kelly and that is different to what they have now." As I recall, Pascal Chimbonda had been chosen in the Premier League team of the season when Jol bought him, and where is Stephen Kelly now? Oh, Mr Jol ...
Shannon
12/05/2012 17:20:00
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Kelly left spurs way before Jol became manager as a quick pointer. I will say fulham has yet again had a fantastic season you need to get some sort of investment in your club to progress now from 8th and 9th spot into the europa cup positions, i cannot believe that dempsey would leave you for any club other than one in the champions league i would be shocked if he joined liverpooor everton since they are at the same level as fulham
spursnoob
12/05/2012 17:58:00
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Jol was also assistant to Joel Santini before becoming manager, so perhaps his memory is playing tricks on him. But to speak so dismissively of a player who is in his own squad right now seems uncalled for, to say the least. Also, he wasn't fired for failing to break into the top four but for a disastrous start to the season.
Shannon
12/05/2012 19:02:00
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The Lying Dutchman
Shannon
12/05/2012 19:46:00
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Lol sorry shouldnt laugh, Jol was and is still loved by the Spurs faithful and I think we would have him back over Redknapp any day. And it was Jacque Santini not Joel lol. I think Spurs have more to play for tomorrow so I see us really going out there and giving a real go at it and play much like we played at the start of the season (after the Manchester games) so whilst I expect it not too be any easy game I think we will come away comfortable winners and opt for 3-1 and hope West Brom give Roy the fond farewell that sends us 3rd, then and only then will I want Chelsea to win the CL
Whitehart Lad
12/05/2012 20:09:00
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i hope chelsea lose in the final and spurs make the champs league... and i think dembele is gone to tottenham...
woodysweats
14/05/2012 14:36:00
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