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Fulham vs. Spurs

Craven Cottage

01/12/12

15;00

Fulham v Spurs Preview

Anther London derby beckons for Fulham this weekend when, days after having gotten a decent 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, we welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Craven Cottage. It has all the makings of being a fascinating encounter.

Vital Quotes:

Did Clint Dempsey wait until the eve foo his return to Craven Cottage, having left in the summer, to state why he felt he had to leave or was it simply a coincidence?

Whatever you believe, it seems that Clint didn`t feel he felt appreciated at Craven Cottage, remarking,

'If you always felt valued and appreciated enough, I don't think you'd ever leave,'

'But it came to a point for me where I didn't feel valued and appreciated, not by the fans, but by other situations. That's just the way things went.'


So now we know!

Fulham Team News:

Martin Jol still has injury problems in his squad. Definitely out of contention are Bryan Ruiz, Alex Kacaniklic and Kieran Richardson, all with hamstring injuries. Also out, serving the last of his three game suspension is Brede Hangeland.

Player to watch: Philippe Senderos

The Swiss international has made a return to the side following the suspension picked up by Brede Hangeland, will he be able to cope with the speed of Defoe or the power fo Adebayor?

Spurs Team News:

Andre Villas-Boas brings his Spurs squad to Craven Cottage with Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and Younes Kaboul (knee) all unavailable. However, Steven Caulker, who missed the win over Liverpool in midweek, due to illness, is available again. Also back in contention is Emmanuel Adebayor who has now served the three match suspension he picked up fr the red card he received against Arsenal recently.

Player to watch: Jermain Defoe

The diminutive striker has started to score with a degree of regularity again. In fact he`s in such good form that Andre Villas-Boas reckons he`s on a par with the Atletico Madrid striker Falcao. Now as a purveyor of Spanish football, that is some statement.

Match Facts & Stats

Fulham enter this game on the back of a run of six Premier League games without a victory having drawn four and lost two.

With reference to fixtures against Spurs, we`re on something of a losing streak with five consecutive losses in the record books.

Our last win, at home against Spurs; came back in November 2008, when we won 2-1.

Time for another methinks.

They have not won for six Premier League games (D4, L2).

Ref Watch:

Those appointed to officiate in this fixture are: Chris Foy (referee) R. Ganfield (assistant) D. McDonough (assistant) John Moss (fourth official)

Match Prediction:

Tottenham have blown hot and cold in recent fixtures, they started well but faded but look to be getting back to their best after beating West Ham United 3-1 last time out. With, possibly, two ex-Fulham players in their ranks (Dembele and Moussa0, there will be that little extra competitive edge to the game and I`m taking Fulham to perhaps surprise a few people here by taking all three points with a narrow victory.

Next Fixtures:

Next on the agenda for Fulham is a Premier League fixture against Newcastle on Monday 10th December.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 30 2012

Time: 1:06PM

Your Comments

Spurs fan here..I really dont think it would be a surprise if you beat us. Its the technical teams who can pass it like you guys we tend to struggle against. We just lose any sense of composure and we struggle to keep the ball . For me its a 50-50 game and although I would like a win I honestly find it hard to call it. Good luck after tomorrow.
freddya
Firstly, Ade still not back as is his 3rd game out suspended. Not only is there the Demsey/Dembele grudge fixture from our side but Berba from yours. He too will be out to prove a point. Hoping for a Spurs win 2-1 but could go either way. Fulham not easy to beat as Chelski found out. I do fancy us with Senderos at the back though. Bale,Lenny, Defoe must be licking their lips.
COYS R US
I agree that it could go either way, this game has goals and controversy written all over it.....first game on match of the day as it will be 4 - 3 to fulham! oh if all my dreams came true.....ha ha. lottery anyone?
Leonestar
here here fulham always seems to be last maybee the powers that be want to see us on there return from the pub coyw
truth sayer ffc
well i got the spuds score right, but where were fulhams four goals? Locked away for another day i guess! COYW the top half is starting to ease away!
Leonestar
 

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