Vengeful Tottenham should show Fulham no mercy

To be played on Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 20:00. Venue: Craven Cottage, London.

Two of the lowest scoring attacks in the Premier League go head-to-head in the Premier League tonight, both Tottenham and Fulham have scored just 11 goals each in 13 games.

For Tottenham they may wish the fixture came a few days earlier, prior to Martin Jol being sacked - for they now face more of an unknown quantity when they visit Rene Meulensteen's side.

Not that they will want to show Fulham any mercy. Spurs are struggling for form and need to put a win on the board, and the fixture - on paper - looks a very good one, one where they may even net a hatful and dismiss the sort of statistic we opened with as a thing of the past.

It is a game where Tottenham have reason for wanting to punish their opponents.

In their last meeting, a Fulham win at White Hart Lane last season ultimately proved critical in Tottenham's top four aspirations, turning the tide against them and allowing Arsenal back into the hunt. 

Fulham were fortunate enough to face Tottenham right after their exhausting Europa League away trip to Inter Milan. Fulham by contrast hadn't played in the two weeks leading up to the game, and it told in the final scoreline, with Dimitar Berbatov scoring the winner against an unusually lacklustre home side.

A win tonight will not give Tottenham real revenge for that costly defeat, but it will get them back on track, and keep Fulham firmly under pressure in a relegation scramble which Crystal Palace threw wide open last night.

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