Fulham v Tottenham

Friday 22 March 2002

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

Two out-of-form London clubs meet for a Sunday afternoon derby by the Thames. It's Tottenham's fourth London derby in succession. They've lost the last three, in addition to an away League game at Manchester United. FA Cup and Premiership defeats by Chelsea and last Monday's home reverse by Charlton mean that Glenn Hoddle's side have conceded 13 goals in four outings and scored none.

FA Cup semi-finalists Fulham are aiming for only a second win in 16 home League meetings with Spurs. They've been in freefall for a month, having lost their last five Premiership matches in their worst spell under Jean Tigana.

Tottenham have already won at Craven Cottage this season. They defeated the Cottagers 2-1 in the Fourth Round of the Worthington Cup in November.

The reverse fixture was marked by Les Ferdinand's opener for Spurs. It was the Premier League's 10,000th goal. Darren Anderton scored his first White Hart Lane goal in nearly a year, Serguei Rebrov netted his first Premiership goal of the season and Simon Davies got the other as
Spurs wrapped up a comprehensive 4-0 win.

Tottenham are therefore on course in Glenn Hoddle's 50th game in charge, to add the name of Fulham to that of Sunderland, as the one club they've 'doubled' this season. Fulham have already suffered home and away League defeats by Manchester United and Arsenal.

The game could mark a notable milestone in the career of Tim Sherwood. If the England and Tottenham midfielder plays, he'll be making the 550th club appearance.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Total 52: Fulham wins 5 - Spurs wins 28 - Draws 19

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES

The first ever Premiership fixture between Fulham and Spurs at Craven Cottage, but the second time these clubs have met there this season. Tottenham won the Worthington Cup Fourth Round fixture 1-2 on 29 November, when Serguei Rebrov and Simon Davies did the damage.

Fulham have won only one of their last 15 home League fixtures against Spurs since 1946. That was 4-1 in the old League - Division One on 13 February, 1965.

Tottenham eclipsed Fulham 4-0 in the reverse fixture in December and are now hoping to capture their seventh League 'double' over the Cottagers since the fixture was first contested in 1908.

There has not been a sending off in this corresponding League fixture.

FULHAM

League position going into the weekend, 12th 35 points

Sequences

LOST LAST 5 PREMIERSHIP GAMES

GONE 8 SINCE A DRAW

Recent Form

1 win in last 6 League and Cup games

Won 1 of last 9 Premiership matches

Drawn 1 of last 11 in all competitions

1 draw in last 8 top flight encounters

Lost 6 of last 10 domestic confrontations

6 defeats in last 8 top division duels

Failed to score in 1 of last 8 contests

Failed to find the net in 1 of the last 6 League clashes

1 clean sheet in last 7

Managed 2 clean sheets in last 10 top tier League outings

15 CLEAN SHEETS - 12 in Prem

FAILED TO SCORE 11 TIMES - all in Prem

PREMIERSHIP DOUBLES ACHIEVED - 0

PREMIERSHIP DOUBLES SUFFERED - 2

2 RED CARDS - all in Prem

EVER PRESENTS: 2 Steve Finnan, Steed Malbrangue

STARTED EVERY GAME: 1 Steve Finnan

Potential Career Milestones, Barry HAYLES is a double strike away from 50 goals for Fulham

COTTAGERS NOTES (in advance of this weekend's latest set of matches)

Lost the last five Premiership games against Middlesbrough (2-1, A, 19 Feb), Arsenal (4-1, A, 23 Feb), Liverpool (0-2, H, 2 Mar), Chelsea (3-2, A, 6 Mar) and Everton (2-1, A, 16 Mar).

Last Premiership win was 2-0 at home to Blackburn on 9 February, 2002.

One of five clubs to have drawn most home Premiership matches - 6. The others are Aston Villa, Bolton, Leeds and Leicester.

Conceded the earliest Premiership goal this season. David Unsworth's 27th second strike for Everton at Goodison on 16 March is the quickest top flight goal so far this campaign.

Registered more top division goalless draws than any other club - 6.

Caught offside 62 times and committed 357 fouls in Premiership matches this season - that's fewer than any other club on both counts, according to the FA Barclaycard information sheet.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

League position going into the weekend, 9th 38 points

Sequences

LOST LAST 4 - 3 Prem, 1 FAC

LOST LAST 4 AWAY - 3 Prem, 1 WC

LOST LAST 4 AWAY PREMIERSHIP MATCHES

WITHOUT AN AWAY LEAGUE WIN IN 7 [1 draw, 6 defeats]

GONE 12 SINCE A DRAW (6 in the Prem)

NOT SCORED IN 4 [387 mins / 6 hrs 27 mins]

GONE 6 WITHOUT A CLEAN SHEET

GONE 9 LEAGUE GAMES SINCE A CLEAN SHEET

Recent Form

4 wins in last 9 League and Cup games

Won 2 of last 5 Premiership matches

Drawn 1 of last 17 in all competitions

1 draw in last 10 top flight encounters

Lost 5 of last 6 confrontations

8 defeats in last 13 top division duels

Failed to score in 5 of last 10 contests

Failed to find the net in 4 of last 6 League clashes

1 clean sheet in last 8

Managed 1 clean sheet in last 13 top tier League outings

12 CLEAN SHEETS - 6 in Prem

FAILED TO SCORE 8 TIMES - 7 in Prem

PREMIERSHIP DOUBLES ACHIEVED - 1

PREMIERSHIP DOUBLES SUFFERED - 4

5 RED CARDS - 4 in Prem

EVER PRESENTS: 0

Potential Career Milestones, Chris ARMSTRONG needs a brace to score 50 League goals for Tottenham. Tim SHERWOOD is one strike away from 50 career League goals. If SHERWOOD plays, he'll be making the 550th club appearance of his career

SPURS NOTES (in advance of this weekend's latest set of matches)

Lost last four against Manchester United (4-0, A, Prem, 6 Mar), Chelsea (0-4, H, FAC, 10 Mar), Chelsea (4-0, A, Prem, 13 Mar) and Charlton (0-1, H, Prem, 18 Mar).

Last away win was 0-2 at Coventry in the Third Round of the FA Cup on 16 January, 2002.

Last away Premiership win was 0-1 at West Ham on 24 November, 2001.

Last draw was 1-1, at home to Everton in the Premiership on 19 January, 2002.

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

One of two clubs to have been 'doubled' on most occasions this season - 4. The other is Leicester.

Hit the woodwork 15 times in Premiership matches this season - that's more occasions than any other club, according to the FA Barclaycard information sheet.

REFEREES REPORT - MAN IN THE MIDDLE, PAUL DURKIN (Portland, Dorset)