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Rupert Wyman 25th Jan 2010 - 22:19

A derby day trip to Three Point Lane?

It is squeaky bum time at White Hart Lane and it's vital for Spurs not to soften their grip on that all important place in the top four and a Champions League spot by not taking three points in this London derby.

Spurs are playing a Fulham side that do not have any lofty ambitions in the Premier League. Survival seems inevitable and they are still focused on their Europa Cup and FA Cup campaigns.

Tottenham need to further the gap between themselves and the remaining realistic challengers for a top four position.

Aston Villa, Manchester City and the improving Liverpool will be waiting for Tottenham to slip up.

By Wednesday morning, Manchester City have the advantage of two games in hand on Tottenham and with their current form, it would be no surprise to see them make the most of their two game advantage.

Fulham are heading to N17 with a poor Premier League away record. They have won only once away all season, on the opening day of the campaign.

Aaron Lennon is unavailable for the match and this will be a major loss for Tottenham. They will also be without Woodgate and possibly Ledley King, if Redknapp prefers to keep him fit for the Birmingham match this weekend.

Dempsey is unfit for Fulham but the team should be boosted by the return to fitness of arguably their player of the season, Bobby Zamora.

When looking at the betting markets, it's easy to ponder whether Fulham will feel the brunt of a Spurs onslaught due to their poor form recently, they dropped two points at home to Hull recently.

On Boxing Day, Fulham versus Tottenham finished a no score draw.

With Zamora, Davies and Murphy returning to their former hunting ground and Tottenham in indifferent form, I would take on Spurs in this match.

Taking account of the result earlier in the season, I perceive there being value in a Fulham win in the Draw No Bet market. It's a fair priced 11/4 and although Tottenham are short favourites, it's a London derby and Fulham can raise their game.

Earlier this season Kevin-Prince Boateng, the Portsmouth central midfielder, scored against his former club Tottenham and I would not be surprised to see Danny Murphy, the Fulham club captain put in another fine performance and cap it with a goal from open play or a set piece.

He is priced at 4/1 to score at any time and Mr Captain is sure to step up his performance in a tense London derby.

Three teams have left Tottenham with maximum points in the Premier League this season. Can Fulham add to Tottenham's recent wobble and let their fans enjoy a great evening out at the newly appointed three point lane?



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