Picking the Tottenham Starting XI to Take on Fulham

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Picking the Tottenham Starting XI to Take on Fulham
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The last time Tottenham Hotspur made the trip across London to Craven Cottage, Fulham gave them a heck of a battering in the second half that belied the 3-1 scoreline the visitors won by.

Tottenham had gone up two-nil before halftime with Chris Baird deflecting in a Gareth Bale effort before Aaron Lennon combined with the Welshman to score arguably his best goal for the club.

It was a different story in the second half, with Fulham putting Spurs under an enormous amount of pressure following a goal from Younes Kaboul.

Every one of Brad Friedel's long kicks forward seemed to come straight back at the away side within moments, resulting in several near misses as Martin Jol's side forced his former club into last-ditch defending that relied on good fortune.

Jermain Defoe eased his team's nerves with a late third.

Just over a year on from that game, the personnel involved is somewhat different.

Two of Fulham's starting lineup that day—Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele—are now operating out of White Hart Lane, with Spurs managed by Andre Villas-Boas instead of Harry Redknapp (who was actually absent that day as he recovered from heart surgery).

Jol remains at Fulham and engineered another link between the two clubs by signing former Spur Dimitar Berbatov.

This time around, Spurs supporters would rather avoid the nervousness that accompanied their last visit to Southwest London and will be keen to see their team secure a third win in a week.

Will Villas-Boas be making any changes in the team that held on to secure three points against Liverpool, or will it be the same again?

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