After a run of three successive Premier League defeats, Tottenham have strung together back-to-back victories, both coming at White Hart Lane against West Ham and Liverpool. Andre Villas-Boas' men are now back within striking distance of a top-four spot ahead of their encounter against capital rivals Fulham, which will mark a return to Craven Cottage for Spurs' summer signings Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele. Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol will have been pleased with the way Fulham held Chelsea in midweek but the Cottagers are now without a win in six and have just dropped back into the bottom half. The clash will see Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov come up against his first team in English football for which he scored 46 goals.
• Dimitar Berbatov is unbeaten in all six Premier League matches against Tottenham since leaving the club (4W). He has scored once (in Manchester United's 5-2 home victory in April 2009).
• Gareth Bale has been booked three times for simulation since the start of last season - more than any other player in the Premier League during that period.
Brede Hangeland serves the final game of a three-match ban, affording Philippe Senderos another chance at centre-half. Kieran Richardson looks set to recover from a hamstring injury to be in contention, while Bryan Ruiz and Alex Kacaniklic are also ruled out with similar problems. Martin Jol could retain Giorgos Karagounis in “the hole” behind Dimitar Berbatov, though Mladen Petric will be expected to come back into contention for a starting role up top alongside the Bulgarian for this home clash.
M Schwarzer • S Riether, A Hughes, P Senderos, JA Riise • D Duff, S Sidwell, M Diarra, K Richardson • D Berbatov • M Petric
Andre Villas-Boas has no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Fulham. Steven Caulker has recovered from the illness that kept him out of Wednesday’s game with Liverpool. He could now return to the starting lineup, with Michael Dawson perhaps edging out William Gallas as his partner after impressing in the last two. Elsewhere at the back, Hugo Lloris seems to have finally nailed down the keeper position and has started the last three. Up front, Emmanuel Adebayor will serve the final game of a three-match ban. Few changes are expected, with Clint Dempsey set to face his former club up in support of Jermain Defoe up front.
H Lloris • K Walker, M Dawson, S Caulker, J Vertonghen • Sandro, M Dembele • A Lennon, C Dempsey, G Bale • J Defoe