Tottenham and Fulham meet in this capital clash at White Hart Lane on Saturday, the first league meeting between the two teams in almost 24 years. Jean Tigana’s side will make the short trip across the city looking for revenge after Spurs knocked the Frenchman’s side out of the Worthington Cup a few weeks ago.
Simon Davies was the Spurs match winner at Craven Cottage that night and with Christian Ziege missing this game through suspension, the Welsh youngster will hope for another chance to impress on Saturday. Davies’s growing confidence has seen him attempt 47 dribbles and runs in the Premiership this season - more than any other Tottenham player. And if you think the former Peterborough prodigy can cause more misery for the Cottagers with the first goal of the game, then an 20/1 bet looks a good price with surreySPORTS.
However, breaching the Fulham rearguard will be a tall order for Davies and his Tottenham team-mates. Cottagers’ shot-stopper Edwin van der Sar has conceded just one goal in his last 598 minutes of Premiership action, in a run that has seen the former Juventus man keep five clean sheets in his last six outings.
In fact, the newly promoted team became the first side to prevent league leaders Liverpool from scoring this season when they held the Reds to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in midweek. The solid defensive pairing of Alain Goma and Andy Melville helped snuff out the threat of Michael Owen and Emile Heskey as the Cottagers duo offered great protection to their goalkeeper. In fact only three teams have let in fewer goals than Fulham in the Premiership this season.
However the visiting supporters will expect their team to display more attacking intent at White Hart Lane on Saturday, with players like Barry Hayles and Louis Saha in attack the Cottagers are capable of breaking down most defences. And with Luis Boa Morte keen to make an impression before serving a suspension it promises to be an exciting clash.
Boa Morte will feel he has a point to prove to Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle who let the Portuguese star leave their former club Southampton preferring to use the likes of Kevin Davies and Marian Pahars.
This derby is not just about a personal duel but a fine contest between two highly gifted teams and if you think Fulham can pull of their first win at White Hart Lane in almost 54 years than have a 3/1 flutter with champion bookmakers surreySPORTS.