Craven Cottage hosts North London visitors.
Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele return to their old stomping ground, as Tottenham take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. Similarly, ex-Tottenham boss Martin Jol will field former Spurs forward Dimitar Berbatov, as the West London side look to end a run of six matches without a Premier League win.
During that period Fulham have battled to points from London derbies away at Chelsea and Arsenal and will hope to land all three from the visit of Andre Villas-Boas’s side, who have lost their last two games on the road.
Venue Craven Cottage, Saturday 3pm
Last season Fulham 1 Tottenham 3
Referee C Foy
This season’s matches 10 Y18, R0, 1.80 cards per game
Odds Fulham 7-4 Tottenham 7-5 Draw 12-5
Subs from Etheridge, Kelly, Dejagah, Baird, Karagounis, Petric, Banya, Kasami
Doubtful Richardson (hamstring)
Injured Ruiz (hamstring, Dec 8), Kacaniklic (hamstring, Dec 8), Davies (hip, Jan)
Suspended Hangeland (third of three)
Form guide DDLWDD
Disciplinary record Y26 R1
Leading scorer Berbatov 5
Subs from Cudicini, Friedel, Gomes, Falqué, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Caulker, Livermore, Townsend, Fredericks, Carroll
Injured Parker (achilles, 16 Dec), Assou-Ekotto (knee, 22 Dec), Kaboul (knee, 26 Dec)
Suspended Adebayor (third of three)
Form guide WWLLLW
Disciplinary record Y19 R2
Leading scorer Defoe 7
Tottenham have won the last five Premier League matches between the two clubs.
Fulham last beat Spurs at home in the league in November 2008, winning 2-1 (Harry Redknapp’s first loss as Tottenham boss).
They have not won for six Premier League games (D4, L2).
Fulham’s starting line-up against Chelsea had an average age of 32 years and 32 days, the oldest of any Premier League club for almost three years since Portsmouth in March 2010.
They have lost 50 of 101 London derbies in the Premier League.
Dimitar Berbatov is unbeaten in all six Premier League matches against Tottenham since leaving the club (four wins). He has scored once (in Manchester United’s 5-2 home victory in April 2009).
Spurs have conceded in each of their last seven Premier League matches, and kept only one clean sheet all season.
Gareth Bale has been booked three times for simulation since the start of last season – more than any other player in the
Premier League during that period.
Tottenham have made more defensive clearances (645) than any other team in the Premier League this season.
Midfielder Tom Huddlestone will be hoping to make his 100th Premier League start for Tottenham.
Clint Dempsey scored 58 league goals for Fulham between 2007-12, making him the club’s record Premier League goalscorer. Mousa Dembele made 62 Premier League appearances for Fulham between 2010-12, scoring five goals.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
fanatix prediction 1-1. Spurs to stutter at the Cottage.
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