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Premier League

  • 13 May 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 36256

Tottenham - Fulham Preview: Spurs targeting third against record-chasing Cottagers

Martin Jol's side are aiming for their best Premier League points haul whilst the hosts look to overhaul Arsenal to leave their Champions League destiny out of Chelsea's hands



Walker, Kaboul, Nelson, Gallas
Bale, Modric, Parker, Lennon
Van der Vaart

Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Dembele, Diarra, Murphy, Duff
Frei, Pogrebnak

With Benoit Assou-Ekotto nursing a dislocated shoulder and Danny Rose suspended after his wreckless challenge on Aston Villa's Alan Hutton last week, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp faces a conundrum at left-back for the final game of the season.

It's likely the more versatile William Gallas will be shifted out to deputise, with Ryan Nelsen coming in at centre-half. Otherwise, the Spurs boss has few headaches, with Scott Parker likely to return in the middle of the park in place of Sandro.
7/2 Emmanuel Adebayor is 7/2 with Paddy Power to score the first goal when Tottenham play Fulham on Sunday.

Clint Dempsey, Fulham's standout performer of the season, misses the short trip across London after failing to overcome a groin problem. Promising youngster Kerim Frei will be in line as replacement.

Aside from that blow, Martin Jol is free of selection difficulties, with long term absentees Andrew Johnson, Bryan Ruiz and Steve Sidwell unavailable to feature in the last game of the season.

  • Fulham boss Martin Jol led Spurs to consecutive fifth place Premier League finishes in the 05/06 and 06/07 seasons.
  • Fulham's only defeat in a London derby this season came in the reverse fixture, which Spurs won 3-1.
  • Luka Modric (pictured right) has made 1597 passes in the opposition half this season, the most in the division.
  • Brede Hangeland has played every minute of the Cottagers' campaign to date.
  • Fulham are just a point shy of their Premier League record haul of 53 - a high achieved when England manager Roy Hodgson was at the helm in 08/09.
  • Tottenham have only won one game after falling behind this term.
  • Nine Spurs players have received five yellow cards or more this season, the worst record in the Premier League.
  • Tottenham have kept six clean sheets in their last seven clashes with Fulham at White Hart Lane.
  • Spurs have lost on the final day of the campaign in three of the last four seasons.
  • If Fulham nick three points and other results go their way, Martin Jol will have led Fulham to their join-highest Premier League finish of seventh place.

Players to watch

A. Lennon

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Sunday represents last chance saloon for the winger in terms of staking a claim for a summer away with England.

Unfortunate with injuries all season, Lennon has played well since returning to Harry Redknapp's first team plans, providing the side with a balance that has been an issue for large parts of the season.

He will have the beating of an ageing John Arne Riise down the right flank and should look to exploit that with a typically relentless attacking display.

P. Pogrebnyak

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With 23-goal Clint Dempsey ruled out, the onus will fall to on-loan striker Pavel Pogrebnyak to lead the Fulham line.

The Russian enjoyed a fine start to his life in west London before petering out a little in recent weeks but with Tottenham forced to field an unfamiliar back four, he will be keen to thrust himself into the shop window before being recalled to Stuttgart.

Editor's Prediction

It's easy to envision the Cottagers' season fizzling out without talisman Clint Dempsey as, whilst they may be chasing a record points haul and finish, Tottenham's Champions League need is much greater.

Spurs have already proved they have the measure of their visitors this season and they should just about edge them out this time too.

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