With a small squad the players get to know and understand their system of play which makes them a hard working unit which is difficult to beat. They have a group of players with extensive Premier League experience, goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, the Northern Ireland international defenders, Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird, highly rated defender Brede Hangeland, Steve Sidwell in midfield along with their experienced strike force. However, the demands of the Europe has seen them lose points immediately after these games and especially the away matches where they have lost at Newcastle, Stoke and Wolverhampton.
Fulham, in recent years signed a number of former Tottenham players and still have Stephen Kelly, Simon Davies, Zamora and Danny Murphy as regulars in their team, although injury has again restricted Davies. Martin Jol strengthened his strike force with the signing of the Coast Rican, Bryan Ruiz from FC Twente.
Last Premier League Game at Craven Cottage
Last season Tottenham completed the 'double' over Fulham, winning 2 -1 at Craven Cottage and 1 - 0 at home with Gareth Bale scoring the only goal. The away in mid-October was marked by controversy over Tottenham's second goal. Fulham had gone ahead after thirty minutes but Roman Pavlyuchenko responded to equalise within a minute. In the second half, Tom Huddlestone scored the winner but it seemed that it might be disallowed as William Gallas was in an off-side position in front of the goalkeeper when the shot was struck. However, after some confusion, the goal stood and Tottenham had again won from a losing position, a feature of last season's results. It was a hard fought victory and what will be required again to bring success to Spurs on Sunday.
League Record at Fulham (inc. PL)
Premier League Record at Fulham
Recent Away Record against Fulham
Oct, 2010 PL Won 2 - 1 Pavlyuchenko, Huddlestone
Mar. 2010 PL Draw 0 - 0
Dec. 2009 PL Draw 0 - 0
Dec. 2008 PL Lost 1 - 2 Campbell
Harry Redknapp had taken over as manager in October and this was their first League defeat. A horror show from Heurelho Gomes gifted Fulham the opening goal when mishandling a routine shot by Simon Davies in the first half. Johnson added the second with twenty minutes remaining. On loan signing, Frazer Campbell scored with ten minutes left having replaced Darren Bent. It was his only League goal for Spurs but it was too late.
Sept. 2007 PL Draw 3 - 3 Kaboul, Berbatov, Bale
A match Tottenham had won with a comfortable 3 - 1 advantage after an hour. Fulham pulled a goal back through Dempsey and then an equaliser in the final minute denied Tottenham and manager Martin Jol.
Jan. 2007 PL Draw 1 - 1 Chimbonda
A late equaliser from full back Pascal Chimbonda salvaged a point for Tottenham.
Jan. 2006 PL Lost 0 - 1
A game which looked to be heading for a scoreless draw was decided in the final agonising minutes for Spurs. Michael Dawson had been sent off for a second bookable offence with fifteen minutes left. Fulham then scored the winner from a free-kick in the final minute.
Tottenham, having sent a very young squad to Russia, will be looking to continue their good League form with all the first team players available. If everyone is available, Spurs are likely to select an unchanged team with Rafael Van der Vaart hoping to set a new Tottenham record by scoring in six successive Premier League games. The fitness of Ledley King will be the usual late decision and if he is unavailable, Sebastien Bassong will have to step in with William Gallas suffering a recurrence of his injury in Russia. This will be a difficult match for Tottenham - it is a London derby, their former manager, Martin Jol, will be wanting to prove a point against his former employers and there will probably be three former Spurs players in the Fulham team - Zamora, Kelly and Murphy all wanting to put one over their former club. Fulham also have Dempsey and Johnson who invariably do well against Tottenham so the defenders will have to be alert to the danger.
Harry Redknapp may be absent, leaving Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan in charge, as he recovers from the heart surgery which prevented him from travelling with the team to Russia. Everyone wishes him a speedy recovery but he needs to be sensible and take sufficient recovery time as prescribed by his doctors.