Spurs v Fulham preview

Friday 14 December 2001

TOTTENHAM V FULHAM - SOLD OUT

Les Ferdinand faces a battle to be fit for Spurs after he aggravated an ankle injury in midweek. Dean Richards returns to the defence after being cup-tied, while Goran Bunjevcevic has an outside chance of recovering from a thigh injury. Christian Ziege serves is suspended.

Spurs (from): Sullivan, Taricco, King, Perry, Richards, Bunjevcevic, Poyet, Anderton, Freund, Sheringham, Ferdinand, Rebrov, Davies, Iversen, Gardner, Sherwood, Thatcher, Leonhardsen, Thelwell, Keller.

Steve Marlet has been told he faces another month on the sidelines with a knee injury before he can even think about making a comeback for Fulham. Luis Boa Morte will be out to impress ahead of a three-match ban.

Fulham (from): Van der Sar, Brevett, Finnan, Melville, Goma, Clark, Collins, Legwinski, Malbranque, Davis, Ouaddou, Taylor, Boa Morte, Hayles, Saha.

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

This may be the first League meeting of these clubs for 23 years, but it's the second time they will have locked antlers in 16 days. Tottenham knocked Fulham out of the Worthington Cup in a 2-1 win in the 4th Round at Craven Cottage when Simon Davies scored the winner with four minutes remaining.

Spurs have subsequently made the semi-finals with a 6-0 mauling of Bolton at White Hart Lane on Tuesday when Les Ferdinand bagged a hat trick. The following night Fulham were holding Premiership leaders Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield - the Londoners' eighth clean sheet in the top division this season.

Tottenham have hit a rich vein of form, aiming for a fifth win in six League and Cup games, while Fulham are hoping to stretch their unbeaten run in the Premiership to 9.

This match could mark a notable milestone in the career of Teddy Sheringham. If he plays, the Spurs and England striker will be making his 700th appearance in English club football.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: All Competitions 51 Tottenham wins 27 Fulham wins 5 Draws 19

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES:

First Premiership clash and first League meeting between these clubs for 23 years.

Fulham's only victory in 22 League visits to White Hart Lane since 1909 was 0-2 in the old Second Division on 10 April, 1948.

Fulham's last League win over Spurs was 4-1 at Craven Cottage in the old Division One on 13 February, 1965.

Since their last League meeting, these sides have met five times in Cup competitions (3 League Cup, 2 FA Cup). Spurs lead by 4-1 in terms of round victories.

The most recent Cup clash was in the Fourth Round of this season's Worthington Cup, when Spurs won 2-1 at Craven Cottage, courtesy of Serguei Rebrov and Simon Davies. Barry Hayles got a consolaion for Fulham.

There has never been a sending off in this League fixture, nor has Fulham ever achieved the League 'double' over their London rivals.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Current League position - 8th 24 points 9 points off the pace

Best Scenario at final whistle - Up 4 to 8th If win, Man United (away to Middlesbrough) do no better than draw and Newcastle (home to Blackburn) lose with a five goal swing.

Worst Scenario at final whistle - Down 2 to 10th If lose, and Charlton (away to Bolton) win.

SEQUENCES:

5 UNDEFEATED AT HOME - 4 Prem, 1 WC [4 wins, 1 draw]

4 HOME LEAGUE GAMES WITHOUT DEFEAT [3 wins, 1 draw]

SCORED IN EACH OF LAST 12 - 9 Prem, 3 WC

RECENT FORM:

4 wins in last 5

1 draw in last 18

1 loss in last 6

Won 5 of last 8 Premier League games

Drawn 1 of last 14 Premiership clashes

Lost 1 of last 4 League duels

Failed to score once in 15 top division matches

Scored 10 goals in last 3 games

Potential Career Milestones

Chris ARMSTRONG needs a brace to reach 50 League goals for Tottenham

Les FERDINAND is a double strike away from 150 career League goals

Tim SHERWOOD is one strike away from 50 career League goals

If involved, Anthony GARDNER will be making the 50th League appearance of his career

If he figures, Teddy SHERINGHAM, will be making the 700th club appearance of his career

SPURS NOTES:

Last match in which failed to score was the 1-0 defeat away to Liverpool in the Premiership on 22 September.

Last goalless draw was in the opening match of the season, at home to Aston Villa on 18 August.

Involved in one of the three highest scoring Premier League matches this season. Eight goals were registered in Manchester United's 5-3 win at Spurs on 29 September.

Fired 122 shots off target and hit the woodwork ten times in Premiership matches this season - that's more than any other club on both counts, according to the Barclaycard information sheet.

FULHAM:

Current League position 9th 23 points 1 place and 1 point below Spurs

Best Scenario at final whistle - Up 4 to 5th If win, and Man United (away to Middlesbrough) lose.

Worst realistic scenario at final whistle Down 2 to 11th If lose, Charlton (away to Bolton) win and Everton (home to Derby) win with a 4 goal swing. (Fulham could drop 3 to 10th, if Sunderland (away to Southampton) also win with an unlikely seven goal swing.)

SEQUENCES: 8 UNDEFEATED IN THE PREMIERSHIP [4 wins, 4 draws]

NOT CONCEDED IN LAST 4 LEAGUE GAMES [385 mins / 6 hrs 25 mins]

Recent Form

1 win in last 5 in all competitions

3 draws in last 5

1 defeat in last 9

4 wins in last 7 top flight encounters

3 draws in last 4 League games

1 loss in last 11 Premiership matches

4 clean sheets in last 5 League and Cup games

Failed to score 3 times in last 4 top division duels

Potential Career Milestones

If he plays, ANDY MELVILLE will be making his 100th League appearance for Fulham

If involved, Paul TROLLOPE will make his 100th appearance for Fulham

FULHAM NOTES:

This is Fulham's best sequence since building a 12 match undefeated run in the First Division, at the end of last season.

Last Premiership defeat was 0-2 at Aston Villa on 14 October.

Accumulated most Premiership clean sheets - 8.

One of three clubs to have completed most Premiership goalless draws - 4. The other clubs are Chelsea and Leeds.