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Fulham v Spurs - Head-to-Head

Posted on 22 March 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Edwin Van der Sar Neil Sullivan
Minutes on pitch 2700 2520
Goals Conceded 36 44
Clean Sheets 12 5
Saves 94 101
Saves/Shots 72% 70%
GK Distribution 633 616
Distribution % 64% 61%
Crosses Caught 71 48
Crosses Dropped 2 3
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
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Edwin Van der Sar
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The live Sky Sports cameras will be focusing on Sunday afternoon's London derby between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage and the two goalkeepers will hope not to make any errors in front of the capacity 21,000 crowd and the live television audience across the globe.

Neither Edwin van der Sar nor Neil Sullivan have enjoyed the best of times recently. The Fulham goalkeeper was at fault for Everton's second goal last-weekend when his attempted clearance was charged down by Duncan Ferguson and the powerful striker was left with the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

Furthermore the Dutch shot-stopper made another mistake in Fulham's last home game when he was left stranded by Jari Litmanen's break-away goal in the final minute. As the Cottagers were desperately trying to get back on level terms, van de Sar was caught too far off his line, and Litmanen coolly punished him by finishing from an acute angle to grab the decisive second goal.

After five consecutive Premiership defeats van der Sar would hope to re-establish himself this weekend against a Spurs side that are hardly full of confidence themselves. Without a goal in their last four games and with injury doubts over strikers Teddy Sheringham and Les Ferdinand, it seems to a perfect opportunity for van der Sar to add to his 12 clean sheets in the league this season - only Nigel Martyn has made more - in the match on Sunday. Surrey Sports offer 6/1 on the home goalkeeper achieving another shut-out in a narrow 1-0 win for Jean Tigana's men.

Tottenham goalkeeper Neil Sullivan has not kept a clean sheet in the Premiership since New Year's Day and with Spurs losing five of their last six matches, and Sullivan conceding 16 goals in the process, it has been a miserable time for the Scottish international.

However one of Sullivan's five clean sheets in the Premiership this season did come in the 4-0 win over the Cottagers at White Hart Lane in December. No doubt the west Londoners will be looking for revenge on Sunday.

And both goalkeepers will want to put on a good show before going on international duty with their respective nations- former Wimbledon man Sullivan travels to the home of the World Champions France with Scotland, while van der Sar's Holland entertain the highly-fancied Spain.

Benji Romaner