Written by Oscar Chamberlain
René Meulensteen will take charge of Fulham for the first time on Wednesday evening when Tottenham Hotspur visit Craven Cottage in the Barclays Premier League.
The former Brøndby manager and Manchester United assistant replaces Martin Jol, who was relieved of his duties on Sunday following a 3-0 loss away at West Ham. He joined the club a little over two weeks ago to work alongside Jol after a brief spell as head coach of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Jol had been at the helm for just under two and a half years having taken over from Mark Hughes in June 2011. His dismissal comes after Fulham managed to win just three of their opening 13 Premier League matches.
Meulensteen will be hoping to end the Cottagers’ run of five straight league defeats against a Spurs side who themselves failed to win a domestic game in November.
André Villas-Boas’ team have picked up 10 points on the road this season but were hammered 6-0 by Manchester City in their last away match. The Tottenham boss has been heavily criticised in recent weeks but saw his players earn a respectable 2-2 with Manchester United on Sunday, leaving them in ninth place.
Fulham beat Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane when the two sides last met, but that was their first win against the north London club in the league in nine attempts.
The match-winner from that fixture, DimitarBerbatov, missed the defeat to West Ham and may not return to the squad and Wednesday. Meulensteen is expected to make changes though and Bryan Ruiz could be one of those brought in to the starting line-up.
Tottenham are still without Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose who are both suffering with ankle injuries while Emanuel Adebayor is also unavailable.
Both sides have struggled to find the net this season having registered just 11 league goals each. Only Sunderland and Crystal Palace have scored fewer to date.
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Fulham’s win at White Hart Lane in March 2013 ended a run of six straight defeats for the west Londoners against Spurs.
This will be Tottenham’s 100th London derby played away from home and so far they have won just 25 of the previous 99.
Fulham have scored just three goals in their last nine Premier League meetings with Tottenham.
Fulham have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games at Craven Cottage (W1 D1 L8).
Martin Jol’s side have scored exactly one goal in each of their last seven Premier League games on home soil.
Tottenham have kept four clean sheets in their last six Premier League away games, although they conceded six last time on the road when they lost 0-6 to Man City.
Fulham have mustered fewer shots (inc. blocked) than any other team in the top flight this season (106) – 25 fewer than any other side.
The West Londoners have also allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the top flight (83).
Spurs have gone four Premier League games without a win (W0 D2 L2) - they haven’t gone five without a victory since March 2012 (under Harry Redknapp).
Tottenham have scored with a lower percentage of their shots than any other team in the top flight this season (6.3%).