Fulham v Tottenham preview
Tottenham will be looking to extend their seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League when they face former manager Martin Jol's Fulham.
Last Updated: 06/11/11 1:47pm
Tottenham will be looking to extend their seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League when they face former manager Martin Jol's Fulham on Sunday.
Spurs' re-emergence as a major force in English football can arguably be traced back to Jol's time in charge at White Hart Lane between 2004 and 2007, when he steered the club to two successive fifth-place finishes.
They have continued to make progress under Harry Redknapp and fifth is probably a minimum requirement this season, as Tottenham would love to break back into the UEFA Champions League spots.
An undefeated league run stretching back to August has certainly raised hopes of finishing in the top four, with last weekend's impressive 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers keeping them in touch with the leading pack.
Redknapp has since undergone minor heart surgery to unblock coronary arteries and is in good spirits as he looks forward to returning to work.
He had hoped to sit in the dugout at Craven Cottage after missing the trip to Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, but has been advised not to come back for another fortnight.
While Tottenham suffered a 1-0 defeat in Russia, Fulham were also in Europa League action and produced a stylish display to demolish Wisla Krakow 4-1 and move to the brink of qualifying for the last 32.
The Cottagers have not been quite as consistent domestically and remain in the bottom half of the Premier League on 10 points from as many games.
A 2-0 victory over Wigan last Saturday did at least give Fulham some breathing space above the relegation zone and they will be determined to cap a fine week with another three points.
Jol will have to assess the fitness of the Fulham squad in the aftermath of Thursday's clash with Wisla, having stuck to his word with a strong side selected.
Moussa Dembele will return to contention after serving a European suspension and could come straight back into the starting XI.
Orlando Sa (hamstring), Simon Davies (knee), Philippe Senderos and Aaron Hughes (both thigh) are definitely sidelined.
Tottenham defender William Gallas could make his first Premier League appearance of the season after he suffered no reaction when making his comeback from a calf injury against Rubin Kazan.
Luka Modric has a slight groin problem but should be fit while Roman Pavlyuchenko came off with a back complaint in his homeland on Thursday and will be monitored over the next couple of days.
Michael Dawson (Achilles), Niko Kranjcar (thigh) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are all out while there are doubts over Giovani dos Santos (calf), Vedran Corluka (foot), and Danny Rose (ankle).
Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan, who will once again take charge of team affairs in Redknapp's absence, are sure to ring the changes after resting many senior players against Rubin.
Possible starting XIs
Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Grygera, Riise, Dempsey, Sidwell, Murphy, Dembele, Johnson, Zamora.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor.