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Nic Ladds 23rd Mar 2010 - 14:11

White Hart Pain for Fulham

This quarter-final replay will determine which of Tottenham or Fulham will advance to the semi-finals of this year's FA Cup where a winnable tie against Portsmouth awaits at Wembley.

A replay is necessary as they played out a 0-0 stalemate, a regular scoreline between these two; the third in the last four times they have met.  If you think they can make it four in five you can get odds of 10/1.

I think Fulham's real chance to taste FA Cup glory would have been the home leg, a win at White Hart Lane is asking a bit much - the 5/1 offered on them to win in 90 minutes testament to that. Spurs are strong at home and Fulham have just one away win in the league all season.

This is not to say Fulham are totally out of it, Roy Hodgson has already stated that with Fulham so comfortable in the league - he is making the FA Cup a priority. Their impressive turnaround against Juventus in the Europa League just shows they are no pushovers against big teams.

Tottenham (6/10) have been knocked out of the FA Cup at this quarter-final stage in the last three season, two of those against fellow London clubs so Harry Redknapp will hope he can take Tottenham one step further at least.

If you like a stat or two then you will find it hard to bet against Spurs. Fulham haven't managed to score past Tottenham in their last four attempts - Tottenham to keep a clean sheet is 19/20.

Also Fulham's record at White Hart Lane is pretty dismal; they are without win in their last six visits, managing just one goal in the process. The Cottagers last win there was in 2003 so the omens don't really look good for them.

Overall Fulham have played 31 matches on Tottenham turf and have won just two of them, 12 draws and 17 losses completing the poor record.

Tottenham will hope their on-loan striker Eidur Gudjohnsen (11/2 first goal) can add to the goal he scored in the impressive 2-1 away win at Stoke. With Pavlyuchenko and Defoe reportedly injured, it could be a real chance for him and Peter Crouch (4/1) to stake a claim for a regular place.

Bobby Zamora has 14 goals for Fulham this season, two in the FA Cup and is their main outlet, especially away from home. He is 7/1 to get the first goal and other than him, it's hard to see where goals will come from.

Fulham are undoubtedly improved but picking up a win away at Spurs, to book a place in an FA Cup semi-final of all things, is asking a bit much and I think the home side will have too much quality and desire.

I think Tottenham will easily be able to get past Fulham and Pompey and set up what would be a thrilling final against Aston Villa or Chelsea.



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