With mid-table looking like the final resting places for these two teams at the end of the season you would be forgiven for thinking that this game is of low importance in the great scheme of things. Wrong - both sides have a lot to do between now and the end of the campaign.
Tottenham have lost their last four games with an aggregate scored of 13-0 and will be looking to get back on track against Fulham. The Cottagers themselves have impressed this season without really threatening the top end of the table and the work that is done between now and the end of the season will be the foundation of next year.
It is clear that Fulham have the playing and financial power to remain in the top flight for some time and only Liverpool have attempted more than the 910 tackles that Fulham have got stuck into this season. Manager Jean Tigana clearly believes in hard work as the basis of their style of play and that could mean a few problems for Tottenham.
Once in possession, the Cottagers have completed 77% of their passes which makes them the third-most accurate passing team in the top flight and means that they have found a team-mate with two percentage points more of their passes than Spurs.
If Tottenham are going to avoid yet another defeat, they are going to have to fire off shots with a greater degree of accuracy. Under the management of Glenn Hoddle this season they have tried to play like Holland but have been shooting like they are wearing clogs. Just 37% of their efforts have hit the target making Spurs the most inaccurate side in that respect in the Premiership.
One player who might be able to help them in front of goal is Daren Anderton. Fully fit, Anderton is a superb player and this season he has swung in 65 accurate crosses - the fifth most in the Premiership. On the other side, one player that Tottenham will have to mark closely is Steed Malbranque. The Frenchman has put in just one accurate cross fewer than Anderton and one of these two stars could well have the final say in this match.