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  • December 1, 2012
  • • 10:00
  • • Craven Cottage, London
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Premier League Preview: Fulham - Tottenham

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Tottenham

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Clint Dempsey faces Fulham for the first time since the summer's transfer saga, while Cottagers boss Martin Jol will be desperate to end the winless streak against his former club

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise
Dejagah, Sidwell, Diarra, Duff
Petric, Berbatov

TOTTENHAM

Lloris
Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen
Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale
Dempsey
Defoe

Fulham boss Martin Jol could make a couple of changes from the side that held Chelsea to a goalless draw on Wednesday, as he looks to freshen things up. The defense is likely to remain unchanged as Brede Hangeland serves the last match of his three-game suspension.

Changes may come further forward though - experienced midfielder Giorgos Karagounis could drop to the bench with Ashkan Dejagah pushing for a place. Dimitar Berbatov may also get a new strike partner, with Mladen Petric challenging Hugo Rodallega for a place. Alex Kacaniklic, Kieran Richardson and Bryan Ruiz all remain sidelined with hamstring injuries.

As for the visitors, Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to tinker too much from the starting XI that beat Liverpool 2-1. Ex-Lyon man Hugo Lloris looks to have established himself as the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper ahead of American Brad Friedel and is set to start at Craven Cottage. Steven Caulker could recover from illness in time to start, most likely at the expense of Michael Dawson.

With Emmanuel Adebayor still suspended following his straight red card against Arsenal, the rest of the side should be unchanged. Key players Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) and Scott Parker (Achilles) are still unavailable.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov (pictured right) has scored five times in nine league appearances since joining from Manchester United - just two shy of the tally he reached for his former side last year.

  • The Cottagers and the weekend's visitors are the joint-third highest scorers in the Premier League so far this season - netting 25 times each from their 14 matches so far. Only Manchester City (27) and Manchester United (33) have scored more.

  • Both sides also have the joint-fourth worst defensive record in the league after conceding 23 goals apiece. Just Wigan (25), QPR (26) and Southampton (31) have let in more.

  • Tottenham got the better of its London rivals in last season’s meeting at the Cottage, winning 3-1. Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe got the goals for the visitors, with their teammate Younes Kaboul netting an own goal.

  • Spurs have an impressive recent record in meetings between the two teams -  managing to win their last five league games against Fulham.

  • England international Jermain Defoe is Andre Villas-Boas’ side's leading scorer in the league so far this season with seven goals.
  • The match marks American star Clint Dempsey's first bout against Fulham and first return to Craven Cottage since his summer transfer saga following five-and-a-half standout seasons with the Cottagers.

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23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3J. RiiseDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
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4Steve SidwellMidfielder
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