Number four on my list of games we need to win if we are going anywhere this season. By 'anywhere' I mean top class venues in Europe. We have not done well enough lately although we have only lost 2 in eight in the league and 2 in 10 in all games. We have kept six clean sheets in that time. The draw at Hull, the loss to Liverpool, the disappointment against Leeds have all contrived to take the wind out of our sails and left us just a little becalmed.
Is it possible to be becalmed and irate at the same time? The players' attitude against Liverpool was depressing and the game against Leeds was a roller coaster of both delight and despair. Or possibly a bungee jump between delight and despair. Or perhaps a ghost train ride between delight and despair. Or the Big Dipper...but I think you've got the general drift here. Life's a fairground.
Fulham have a poor record at White Hart Lane although results at home and away are usually close.
The hero against Leeds, Pavlyuchenko has a thigh strain and will probably not be available. Just as he was going to make his breakthrough. Maybe. If you don't train properly and only play 20mins. every 6months what do you expect. Well that's what Harry says.
Huddlestone and King are doubtful, Lennon is out . I am not expecting any surprise selections. Rose is worth another run out and Jenas, Palacios and Modric will start. Up front we are back to Defoe and Crouch unless Keane is given a start alongside Crouch, or Defoe. Clearly I haven't a clue here. Gio and O'Hara are unlikely starters but may be on the bench, although the rumour is that Gio is going out on loan to somewhere warm. Corluka, Dawson, Bassong and Bale will take their positions ahead of Gomes, our hero in this fixture at The Cottage.
Making chances has not been a problem lately, but taking them has and an early goal would be welcome. We've only scored in the first ten minutes once in the last 11 games since Wigan. I'm down to the cuticles but it stops you biting your nails. Leeds was the first game since Man.Utd when we haven't gone on to win after scoring the first goal.
Fulham have some injury problems but Bobby Zamora might be fit for this one. Kamara and Davies are also in line for comebacks having both been named among the substitutes for the Cottagers' FA Cup fourth-round tie at Accrington on Saturday. Andy Johnson was ruled out of that match with a knee problem and faces a late fitness test, while Etuhu is still on African Nations Cup duty with Nigeria. Dempsey, Konchesky and Pantsil are all still out.
I can't say I've got a good feeling about this because Tottenham seem to have lost their way a little. On overall form we must be favourites and we need to win it if we are to maintain any pressure on those around us. We have tougher games to come, starting at Birmingham on Saturday.
If Defoe does score, and its about time, it won't be from a penalty according to Harry following the revelation that Jermain has missed six of his last ten penalties, a story that I have yet to confirm. Typically Harry announced this to the media but is going to tell him when he gets around to it. Just as he starts his run up I should think. Modric is proposed as a possible taker but I think he missed his last one for Croatia.
I predict a narrow home win. (2-1). But please don't put your housekeeping or pension money on it as I will not be able to carry both the guilt of your financial ruin and the the strain of supporting Spurs.