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  • March 17, 2013
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  • • White Hart Lane, London
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Tottenham-Fulham Preview: Spurs aim to bounce back from first defeat in 13 games

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

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The hosts have been in superb 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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

Lloris
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto 

Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Bale 
Holtby
Defoe
FULHAM

Schwarzer
Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise

Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff
Ruiz
Berbatov

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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
5Michael DawsonDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
19Mousa DembéléMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
2Kyle WalkerDefender
7Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
46Thomas CarrollMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3J. RiiseDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
16Damien DuffMidfielder
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
18Aaron HughesDefender
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
6Eyong EnohMidfielder
10Mladen PetricStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
Players to Watch
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Sascha Riether
Sascha Riether
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 1

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