Head To Head

Thursday 29 November 2012 15:56
Fulham's players applaud the travelling fans after the 0-0 draw at Chelsea

After Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea, it’s another all-London affair for Fulham on Saturday (3pm) when the Whites host Tottenham Hotspur.

The deserved point at Stamford Bridge in midweek ended Fulham’s run of two successive defeats, although Martin Jol’s men have now gone six games without tasting victory.

As a result, Fulham have slipped to 11th in the Barclays Premier League. However, victory this weekend could see the Whites move as high as eighth.

The Whites do remain without several key figures, though. Brede Hangeland sits out the final match of his three-game ban, while Bryan Ruiz and Alexander Kačaniklić are again expected to miss out through injury. Kieran Richardson could be available for selection, though, after his hamstring complaint.

Gareth Bale wheels away after scoring against Liverpool

The opposition

Andre Villas-Boas’ side ended a run of three straight losses with two successive wins, the most recent being Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

Those two triumphs saw the North London outfit move up to fifth place in the table.

The Lilywhites suffered a mixed start to the new campaign, though, losing on the opening day at Newcastle United, before drawing with West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City.

They won their next four games, including a 3-2 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and a recent wobble was ended with a 3-1 win over West Ham United and the midweek dispatching of Liverpool.

Tottenham are likely to be without inspirational captain Scott Parker on Saturday. There will be two familiar faces in their matchday squad, however, in the form of Mousa Dembélé and Clint Dempsey. The pair left Fulham for White Hart Lane in August.

Last time out

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Fulham 13.05.2012

Tottenham beat Fulham to secure a top-four league spot, but their hopes of UEFA Champions League qualification were ultimately ended when Chelsea won the Final of Europe's top tournament.

Emmanuel Adebayor slotted in to put Tottenham ahead on the last day of the 2011/12 season, with the Whites hitting the post through Dembélé.

Jermain Defoe confirmed Tottenham's win when he diverted in a shot after Aaron Lennon's deflected effort.

Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring against West Ham United last weekend

Players to watch

Gareth Bale: The Wales international moved to White Hart Lane from Southampton in 2007 having made his mark as a first-team regular at St Mary’s from the age of 16. Accurate from dead-ball situations, he also possesses a powerful shot and his direct running style causes havoc amongst opposing defences. A regular scorer in the past two years, he netted 12 goals in all competitions last season. Now viewed as one of the best players in the world, his signature is courted by a host of top clubs.

Defoe: London-born striker who has scored prolifically throughout his career. Now in his second spell at the club having rejoined in 2009 following a year with Portsmouth. The England international began his career at Charlton Athletic, before switching to West Ham United. His first move to Spurs came in 2004. His 17 goals in all competitions last season included strikes home and away against Fulham.

Jan Vertonghen: Versatile central defender has been operating at left-back in recent weeks, forming a fine partnership with Bale. The established Belgian international has already given a number of impressive performances since his summer switch from Ajax where he played under Jol. Scored his first goal for Spurs in the Capital One Cup tie at Carlisle United.

Bet Butler odds

Our official betting partner make Tottenham Hotspur favourite ahead of the game, pricing our London rivals at 2.48, while Fulham are available at 3.1. If you fancy Fulham to secure a second draw of the week, then the stalemate is priced at 3.6.

The majority of our matches this season have been goal-fests and so if you expect there to be over 3.5 goals in Saturday’s game, you will this nicely priced at 3.0.

Spurs have conceded first in nine out of 16 trips to mid-table teams since the 2010/11 season, so it may be worth gambling on someone in a White shirt to net first. Dimitar Berbatov is 7.5 to open the scoring against his former club, while Mladen Petrić is available at 8.0.

Ticket news

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