Just over two years ago, Tottenham were bottom of the Premier League and facing up to the very real possibility of relegation from the top flight for the first time since the league was created in 1992. Fulham, on the other hand, were eyeing a European place, having made a concerted push up the division under Roy Hodgson.
As 2011 begins, Tottenham find themselves in the midst of a credible title challenge, with one of the most talented squads in the division. Across London, Fulham are nervously edging towards the trap door, with current manager. Mark Hughes, rueing a lack of resources.
Whilst the Cottagers showed some encouraging signs in beating Stoke at the Britannia on Tuesday, pressure from relegation threatened clubs around them refuses to decrease. Hughes will be stressing to his men that for all of Spurs’ threat, they are liable to concede, although the clean sheet they kept against Newcastle this week suggests that Harry Redknapp has hammered home the importance of a watertight defence if the white half of North London are to seriously push for the top domestic honours.