Fulham (Away)
FA Cup Sixth Round

Saturday 6th March 2010

As Fulham are still in two cup competitions, this is one which they will want to progress in as well as the Europa League, following their impressive 2-1 win at Shakhtar Donetsk.  But the squad that Roy Hodgson has assembled at Craven Cottage may be at a point where it is stretched to it's maximum.  With limited funds, the manager has brought together a group of players he has consistently got the best out of and with some of the players seemingly surplus to requirements elsewhere, he has breathed new life into their careers.

Danny Murphy, Simon Davies and Bobby Zamora were moved on from Spurs, while Paul Konchesky was passed over after a loan spell at White Hart Lane and their subsequent moves have found them a spiritual home at Fulham.  Murphy dictates the Fulham game from midfield and while he has not got the pace of his younger days, his passing is still pin-point and he gets forward far enough to get a good return of goals for a midfielder.  Alongside him, Davies is still energetic and gives and goes well enough to need tracking and he is a player who was a little hard done by when Spurs let him go.  Konchesky is a tough-tackling defender, with a powerful shot, but does lack a little pace and if Tottenham can get the ball behind him, it might prove a useful way to the last third.  Zamora is perhaps the most surprising of the four in that he looked out of his depth at White Hart Lane, but is having a good scoring season and has got some very good goals.  He is being touted for a place in the England squad, but his injury record is not great and I think that there are probably more deserving cases ahead of him in the reckoning to be in Fabio Capello's squad for South Africa.

Mark Schwarzer has proved over the last two seasons that he is a very good keeper, who has erased a lot of the errors in his game, but for a tall man, he is still no that great in the air and while Peter Crouch has a lot of free-kicks given against him, his presence might encourage Schwarzer to come for balls he shouldn't.  Beatable on one-on-ones, a quick break past the back line could expose him.

Brede Hangeland is a much sought after defender and has committed his future to Fulham, where he is a pivotal figure in the back four.  His height and power make him a useful asset at both ends of the field and there is a resolve about him that means he is very difficult to get past.  However, he might cancel the presence of Crouch out of the game, he could be provided with more problems to solve should Pav partner Defoe, as the Russian's movement could pull Hangleand out of position.  Of the other defenders. Chris Baird is a journeyman who is solid but not outstanding, while Stephen Kelly is well known to Spurs fans, although is not a regular at the Cottage.  A fine attacking full back, his place in the team has been reduced to a subs role on more occasions than not.  Another full back who Roy Hodgson has drafted in is Nicky Shorey, who was frozen out at Aston Villa and has spent a loan spell at Nottingham Forest and now at Fulham.  John Pantsil is a player that Hodgson has brought the best out of, after having a torrid time at West Ham United, but he might still be injured and not be able to feature in this match.  Aaron Hughes seems to be a first choice in the middle of defence, but he is mobile if not dominating, while having been signed by Manchester United, Chris Smalling is the talk of the town, although not many people have seen much of him.  A tall young man, he has looked a little rough around the edges when I have seen him for Fulham and England Under-21s.

In attack, they will miss Clint Dempsey, who was just coming into form when he got injured, although they have brought in Stefano Okaka on loan form AS Roma, but he has missed a couple of open goals in the games he has played and might be used to cover for Zamora, who should be fit again after injury.  The only other option would be Erik Nevland, who is a short, but nippy striker, who can turn well with his back to goal.

David Elm is a young Swedish wide midfielder who caught the imagination in the summer's European Under-21 championships, but has been used sparingly so far.  Blessed with pace and a good dribbling skill, he might be one that the manager brings on carefully.  Hungarian Zoltan Gera is quick and has a good eye for a pass, but also can finish well if given the opportunity, while Damien Duff likes to run at players wide on the right, either to play the ball into the box or to cut inside and have a shot.  Bjorn Helge Riise, former Liverpool midfielder Arne's brother, is a tackler in the middle of the pitch, but the only action of note he took par tin at White Hart Lane was to divert Bentley's free-kick past Schwarzer, while Jonathan Greening is a Carrick-lite style player, who has not been a regular in the side.  Dickson Ethutu is the physical presence in midfield, but has suffered injuries and absence to play in the African Cup of Nations.

With an away draw and a home win against the Cottagers already this season, Spurs will know that Fulham are a little Jekyll and Hyde, but the away game showed that they are capable of turning it on and without Heurelho Gomes, Spurs might have taken a bit of a battering.  In the home game, Fulham were a shadow of that team and Spurs ran out 2-0 winners.  In terms of this game, I think the home team will be looking to progress and Spurs will also be keen for a semi-final at Wembley.  I think it will probably be a more open game than one might expect for an FA Cup quarter final, but both sides have good attacking options and I think the fire-power in the Tottenham front line will just edge it ...

PREDICTION : -  Fulham  2     Tottenham Hotspur   3

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


FULHAM :  -   Kagisho Dikgacoi (doubtful - ankle); Andy Johnson (out - knee); Paul Konchesky (doubtful - ankle); John Pantsil (doubtful - knee); Clint Dempsey (out - knee); - (-); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -   Ledley King (out - thigh); Carlo Cudicini (out - hip and wrists); Jermaine Jenas (out - groin); Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); Aaron Lennon (out - groin); - (-); - (-); - (-); 


ITV 1 - (live coverage)
FA Cup Highlights - ITV 1 - Saturday 22:35 - 23:35 (repeated Sunday morning )
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Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
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Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :
www.spurs.co.uk   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London - http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2005/10/12/live_commentaries_feature.shtml
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Fulham   -   Tottenham Hotspur    -      (Half-time score : -)

FA Cup Sixth Round
Venue : -  Craven Cottage
Saturday 6th March 2010
Kick Off :  5.20 p.m.
Crowd :   ,
Referee :  - (-)
- kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Weather :  -
Teams : - 
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Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)

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Match Report : -  



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Other League scores this weekend :
Aston Villa - - - -day
Reading - - - -day
Chelsea - - - -day
Stoke City - - - -day
Birmingham City - - - -day
Portsmouth - - - -day
Other League scores this weekend :
Liverpool - - - -day
Arsenal - - - -day
Everton - - - -day
Blackburn Rovers - - - -day
Manchester United - - - -day
Burnley - - - -day
Hull City - - - -day
Manchester City - - - -day
Sunderland - - - -day
West Ham United - - - -day
Wigan Athletic - - - -day
Wolverhampton Wanderers - - - -day


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