Fan Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham

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It’s back to the competition where points mean prizes as the Cottagers come calling at WHL on Tuesday night. Since we drew at Fulham on Boxing Day our 2-0 win over West Ham is the only league win notched by either side. Roy Hodgson was having to listen to publicity touting him as ‘England’s next manager’ as his side got turned over by Chelsea, Stoke and Blackburn. During the same period we’ve struggled against the heavily packed defences of Hull City and Liverpool.

As well as displaying disappointing form, both sides have seen their injury lists grow. Whilst Lennon, Huddlestone, Assou-Ekotto are out for us, Fulham have had problems with Zamora, Dempsey, Konchesky, Johnson and Pantsil. Zamora might make his return in this game and may be joined by Diomansy Kamara and ex-Spur Simon Davies.

You can picture Harry with a blank team sheet at Spurs Lodge. He immediately pencils in firmly the names of Gomes, Bale, Defoe and Palacios but the other seven starting places will all probably give him cause to ponder. Pavlyuchenko’s goal at the weekend might have given him the motivation to change things up front but Super Pav’s comeback appears to have been strangled at birth as he’s already cried off with a groin strain. We’ve spent a lot of the last two home games missing out the midfield and hoofing it up to Crouch. It’s not the big lad’s fault but Harry may think that starting with Keane and removing temptation is the best way change things. The thought of giving O’Hara an outing instead of one of Modric or Kranjcar must also have occurred to him, or even Jenas given his display against Leeds.

Given the absence of Lennon I imagine Redknapp would love to be able to throw in the pace of Naughton at right back but he clearly doesn’t think he’s ready yet and the peripheral performance of Rose on Saturday won’t have encouraged him to rush to give any more youngsters a chance. So, assuming he’s fit, Corluka will return in place of Hutton. Bassong and Dawson should play if for no other reason than they’re the only centre backs we’ve got who can make it through ninety minutes.

Mike Dean is the ref. He was in charge when we beat Burnley 5-0 in September. What we wouldn’t give for a similar result, that would certainly do a lot to lift the slight cloud of depression that has recently settled over White Hart Lane.

By MF

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  1. “Harry may think that starting with Keane and removing temptation is the best way change things”

    Yes because that worked so well against Stoke, Wolves and Hull

  2. awful dawson you nit! dark cloud behave, our team has frustrated a bit recently but they are 4th, playing good football and are having trouble breaking down the defensive approach most teams, even the mighty liverpool have employed, ask yourself why that is? becuase they are scared of us. ok it would be nice to see some of the chances we create go in and a little more wide play but we ain’t doing bad. Support the team don’t be so negative it is football after all. 3.0 tonight by the way.

  3. We definitely need a lift and a convincing win. No suprise to see our dip in form coincides with Lennon’s absence. As Pavlenchenko is injured and Crouch and Defoe are Harry’s first choice pairing up front I can’t see Keano starting the match.

    I’d like to see Huddlestone on the pitch – don’t quite know why Jenas gets a mention – he is far better running beyond the forwards and getting us a goal but doesn’t seem to be doing that in the games I’ve seen him start.

    COYS! WE NEED THIS!

  4. SirAres, not sure if you’ve actually watched a game this season mate, because he has been immense for us so far this season! Ok the Leeds game was not his best, Beckford did give him problems but he’s miles better than Bassong. The man cant even remember to put his shorts on FCS!!!

  5. SirAres

    We just went 5 games without conceding and you’re knocking one of our best defenders! I admit it was a clumsy tackle, but a bit of support wouldn’t go amiss. Some people are never happy, why don’t you go and support Pompey then you’ll really have something to be miserable about!

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