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Fulham away to Tottenham ~ Match Preview

last updated Friday 11th May 2012, 6:53 PM


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The stakes are high at White Hart Lane as Tottenham go into the final day sweating on a Champions League spot for next season.

Spurs know that if their result against Fulham matches that of Newcastle they will have secured the last qualifying spot. But it is as not as simple as that. They still have the chance of overhauling bitter rivals Arsenal in third, which would 100% guarantee their participation in next season's Champions League.

Finishing fourth could result in a nightmare scenario arising. If London rivals Chelsea beat Bayern Munich and win the Champions League on 19 May they will take the fourth and final qualifying position, meaning Spurs would only have Europa League football to look forward to.

If that happens it would be a bitter blow to Spurs, but they would only have themselves to blame after their recent run of one win in nine matches ruined a spell of just one defeat in 19 earlier in the season in which they thrilled neutrals with some delightful football.

History suggests that Harry Redknapp's side are facing the perfect opposition, as Fulham's record at White Hart Lane stands at just two wins from 37 visits.

Their manager Martin Jol will be keen to improve on that record and he has added motivation given the circumstances in which his tenure as Tottenham boss came to an end. He reportedly found out he was being replaced by Juande Ramos during half-time of a Uefa Cup match against Getafe, so despite his affection for the club a victory would be sweet revenge over Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Three points would seal the Cottagers' highest-ever finish in the Premier League and cap a fine first season in charge for the Dutchman at Craven Cottage.

Jol knows what it is like to suffer the heartbreak of missing out on a Champions League spot following the infamous lasagne debacle on the final day of the 2005-06 season. His Tottenham side lost at West Ham after being struck down by illness and were usurped by Arsenal. Harry Redknapp does not want to be left with the same sick feeling.

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  • Fulham's last league win over Tottenham came over three years ago (2-1 in November 2008).


  • They have managed just one victory in their last 11 league matches with Spurs, but thrashed them 4-0 in last season's FA Cup.


  • Fulham boss Martin Jol managed Tottenham from November 2004 to October 2007. He took charge of 148 games in all competitions, winning 67, losing 43 and drawing 38. In his first full season in charge, he led Spurs to fifth place, their highest league position since 1990.


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  • Tottenham have won only three of their last 12 league matches. Spurs have won just one game after falling behind in the Premier League this season.


  • All five penalties that Tottenham Hotspur have earned this season have come away from home.


  • They had 19 corners against Aston Villa, 22 goal attempts and 62% possession but only managed to score from a penalty.

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  • Fulham are just one point short of their best ever Premier League points total of 53 set in 2008-09.


  • They have won the last seven league matches in which they scored the opening goal, and are unbeaten in the last 24 games in which they have taken the lead.


  • The Londoners are the only Premier League team yet to pick up a red card this season.


  • Clint Dempsey has reached the milestone of 50 Premier League goals, meaning America are the 22nd different nationality to have a player net 50 goals or more in the division.
























Source John Motson at BBCSports
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