Match Preview, Fulham vs Tottenham.

Match: Wednesday 4th December 2013. Kick off 8:00pm.

Premier League

Time to get back to winning ways, after our 2-2 draw against Manchester United at White Hart Lane the feeling is good amongst the fans, as the performance showed a lot of promise, with attacking flair and two goals to show for it. Now, in a game against lesser opposition, we must be ready and translate that United performance into the game against Fulham. A big problem for Spurs that has been bugging us since I can remember, is the ability to win the games we are expected to; against Fulham, we are more than expected to win the game, but do it in a convincing style. As we sit in 9th position, we need to get three points on the board coming into the busy Christmas period, we need a run of results to but us back on track for the Champions League places after our ‘blip’ in November picking up only one point. We are only three points off Liverpool in fourth, and six points off Chelsea in second, so with a few wins under our belt the whole outlook on our position changes, it’s very tight in there, I couldn’t call the outcome when all 38 games are played.

It’s been a torrid old season for Fulham so far, sitting in the relegation places in 18th, with 10 points from 13 games. What that horrendous form has brought is the sacking of former Spurs boss, Martin Jol, and the appointment of a talented coach in Rene Muelensteen, but he is unproven as a manager, being an assistant to Sir Alex at Manchester United. I’m sure he’ll be a success at Fulham. The problem that I’ve picked up for Fulham is the player’s commitment and desire to win under Jol, and the fact they have too many players of the same ilk, who certainly aren’t known for being, let’s say, hard working. Players such as Dimitar Berbatov, Brian Ruiz, and Adel Taarabt albeit being very talented footballers, won’t give you that hard nit and grit that sometimes you need from a player. That’s why Scott Parker is arguably their most important player at the moment, warrior! It’ll be interesting to see how they change in style now Muelensteen is in charge, hopefully it doesn’t take immediate affect!

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The team news for the game is that Danny Rose (foot), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Harry Kane (back) and Emmanuel Adebayor (knee) are ruled out of the game in West London, but the rest of the squad is fully fit and available for selection. Offensive and exciting is what we got against Manchester United from Spurs, and more of the same is what we want against Fulham! Aaron Lennon had a great game against United, giving us the width we had certainly missed in previous games, and his partnership with Walker looks like it’s going to be a great asset to the team, so I’d like to see them paired together on the right again at Craven Cottage. With Emmanuel Adebayor ruled out, Roberto Soldado is expected to continue up front on his own, it’s a good chance for him to get some goals and get his confidence up, against a somewhat leaky Fulham defence. Nacer Chadli has been a subject for debate recently, does he deserve to keep his spot and leave the likes of Townsend, Lamela and Sigurdsson out of the team? I like Chadli, and I think he will become a big player for us once he settles into Premier League life and starts to be more direct, but I think we have more of a threat and get more width if Townsend was to play, so I’d put him in the team for Wednesday.

Match Stats and Facts provided by FourFourTwo

– Fulham’s win at White Hart Lane in March 2013 ended a run of six straight defeats for the west Londoners against Spurs.

– This will be Tottenham’s 100th London derby played away from home and so far they have won just 25 of the previous 99.

– Fulham have scored just three goals in their last nine Premier League meetings with Tottenham.

– Fulham have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games at Craven Cottage (W1 D1 L8).

– Rene Muelensteen’s side have scored exactly one goal in each of their last seven Premier League games on home soil.

– Tottenham have kept four clean sheets in their last six Premier League away games, although they conceded six last time on the road when they lost 0-6 to Man City.

– Fulham have mustered fewer shots (inc. blocked) than any other team in the top flight this season (106) – 25 fewer than any other side.

– The West Londoners have also allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the top flight (83).

– Spurs have gone four Premier League games without a win (W0 D2 L2) – they haven’t gone five without a victory since March 2012 (under Harry Redknapp).

– Tottenham have scored with a lower percentage of their shots than any other team in the top flight this season (6.3%).

Our game against Fulham at Craven Cottage isn’t televised, but I’ll be sure to find you all a stream, as well as live updates, pictures and videos on twitter at @AddictedtoSpurs. Follow!

My preferred team to face Fulham at Craven Cottage:
4-2-1-3
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Vertonghen
Sandro – Dembele
Paulinho
Lennon – Soldado – Townsend

My predicted team to face Fulham at Craven Cottage:
4-2-1-3
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Vertonghen
Sandro – Dembele
Paulinho
Lennon – Soldado – Chadli

2 thoughts on “Match Preview, Fulham vs Tottenham.

  1. I prefer that Lamela starts, thought avb was going to play him more, and give him the confidence he need, but he seems to lost his oppertunity after the city game… He’s a fantastic player, and it will be a shame if avb don’t start playing him more often.

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