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Premier League

  • 17 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 36004

Tottenham - Fulham Preview: Spurs aim to bounce back from first defeat in 13 games

The hosts have been in supern form in the league since the turn of the year, but will be keen to keep their chase for Champions League qualification on track with all three points



Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto 

Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Bale 

Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise

Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff

Emmanuel Adebayor (ankle) and Aaron Lennon (hamstring) missed the loss to Liverpool last time out but both featured in the 4-1 loss to Inter in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday so are expected to make Saturday's matchday squad.

Tom Huddlestone (knee) made the bench at Anfield and San Siro, but did not make the pitch as he continues his return to first-team action, while Sandro (knee) remains a long-term casualty.

Meanwhile, Fulham manager Martin Jol has a near-fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to White Hart Lane, with only Mahamdou Diarra (knee) definitely missing out while Eyong Enoh and Kerim Frei are slowly returning to match fitness, and Steve Sidwell is back after returning to training on Thursday.

  • Tottenham's defeat away at Liverpool was their first in 13 games in the Premier League.
  • Andre Villas-Boas' side have scored just 22 times in front of their own fans in the league all season.
  • But have only failed to find the back of the net on three separate occasions this term, with only league leaders Manchester United boasting a better record with two.
  • The reverse fixture between the two clubs at Craven Cottage back in December ended 3-0 to Tottenham, with Jermain Defoe (pictured right) grabbing a double and Sandro completing the rout.
  • The game will see Dimitar Berbatov, Mousa Dembele and possibly Clint Dempsey feature against their former clubs, while Martin Jol managed Tottenham for three years between 2004-07.
  • Fulham have picked up just 12 of their 33 points on their travels this season.
  • Only four teams in the have conceded more goals on the road than Fulham's tally of 27.

Players to watch

G. Bale

Position: Attacker

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Who else? The Welsh winger has been in truly brilliant form for Tottenham recently and whether he is found drifting inside and looking for space or hugging the flank, he is having a direct influence in each and every game at the moment. His ability from set-pieces is also worth drawing attention to and he poses a constant threat both with and without the ball.

S. Riether

Position: Defender

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One of the more understated purchases during the summer has quickly turned into one of the greatest success stories in the top flight this season. Adventurous going forward and committed in the tackle, he has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the league's best right-back's and he will need to be on top of his game to stop Bale given the form he is currently in.

Editor's Prediction

The blip that was the defeat against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend is likely to be long forgotten by the time Fulham visit White Hart Lane. With a timely boost of progress through to the Europa League quarter-finals behind them, Spurs head into this game full of confidence and looking to press their home advantage and keep their top-four hopes on track.

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