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The following is our record against Fulham in the FA and Football League Cups. The details are:

 
FA Cup   Round   Venue   Result  Scorer(s)
1908-09    2       H      1-0    R. Steel
1983-84    3       A      0-0
          3R       H      2-0    Archibald, Roberts
1997-98    3       H      3-1    Clemence, Calderwood 
                                 + o.g
2006-07    5       A      4-0    Keane(2), Berbatov(2)
2010-11    6       A      0-0
 
FL Cup
1981-82    4       H      1-0    Hazard
1999-2000  4       A      1-3    Iversen
2001-2002  4       A      2-1    Rebrov, Davies
Can the last eleven standing win it?

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Congratulations must go to Fulham for their fantastic result in the Europa League last week against Juventus. The match will without doubt go down as one of the greatest nights at The Cottage, and Fulham now have a quarter-final against Wolfsburg to look forward to next Thursday.

Of course, Fulham let us Spurs fans down on Sunday with their home defeat against Man City, who also play tomorrow night and who could go above us in the league, unless Everton manage to take something out of the game. Come on you Toffees!

Fulham will want to gain a few more league points, but realistically they are already safe in the Premier League, although their hopes of European football next season must rest with success in the FA Cup or the Europa League. Roy Hodgson has been mixing and matching his squad a little in his team's busy programme. Apart from long term absentee Andy Johnson, Fulham's only big loss is centre back Brede Hangeland, who is still recovering from a chest injury and may yet need 5 days to re-gain match fitness. Bobby Zamora went off after 52 minutes in the City game, and will be needed to play a big part as usual against his old team. Danny Murphy will also be available, and keen to put one over his former employers, who did not value him as much as Fulham do.

There is no sign of a Fulham burn out yet, and Spurs will have to be at their best to win through to the semi-final against Portsmouth which would be played on Sunday April 11th. The trouble is (still) that in the case of Spurs, it's almost going to be the last eleven men standing that take the field, although Tom Huddlestone and David Bentley will have late fitness tests, and could play a part. Wilson Palacios was safely preserved for this game, and will replace the cup-tied Younes Kaboul. Roman Pavlyuchenko may not be out for long, but he does miss tomorrow's game along with Defoe, Lennon, Jenas and Ledley King - not forgetting Jonathan Woodgate of course.

It follows that the only option for the strike partnership will be Eidur Gudjohnsen and Peter Crouch. Personally I have been very happy with the current team, despite the injury crisis. Luka Modric has done a sterling job in central midfield. Wilson Palacios has been in great form. Gareth Bale burns up and down the line in front of Ekotto, and Niko Kranjcar covers loads of midfield territory, whilst also linking in with the attack very effectively. The defence has hardly leaked any goals (no more than one in a game, and just 7 in the last 12 games). With Huddlestone and Bentley perhaps being available for the bench tomorrow, we'll even have a little something in reserve in the event of yet more injury woe.

I have to admit that I personally did not see the spat between Corluka and Ekotto at Stoke on Saturday, but that seems to be water under the bridge, and there are at least two centre backs between them most of the game!

Spurs have played an FA Cup quarter final replay in just 8 seasons in their history:-


SEASON   RD   H/A   Score  Opposition
1900-01  3R    H     3-0    Reading
1921-22  4R    H     2-1    Cardiff
1952-53  6R    H     2-2    Birmingham
1952-53  6(2R) N     1-0    Birmingham
1960-61  6R    H     5-0    Sunderland
1966-67  6R    H     6-0    Birmingham
1970-71  6R    H     0-1    Liverpool
1978-79  6R    A     0-2    Man Utd
2006-07  6R    H     1-2    Chelsea

Note that in three of those seasons, Spurs won and went on to win the trophy. Their aggregate score in the three games is 14-0. Let's hope for a clean sheet and a win tomorrow! I'll settle for any win, but will predict a repeat of our 2-0 Premier League win over Fulham in January.

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