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Re-live the FA Cup fifth-round clash at Craven Cottage

Joe Miles,Jordan Seward
Saturday 18 February 2017 14:12
Harry Kane celebrates scoring his first goal of the afternoon at Craven Cottage
Harry Kane celebrates scoring his first goal of the afternoon at Craven Cottage

Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip across the capital to face Fulham in Sunday's first FA Cup fifth round tie.

In eighth position and pushing for the play-offs, Fulham have enjoyed a respectable season so far. This weekend’s tie presents an opportunity to escape the pressures of the Championship but Slavisa Jokanovic's men face quite the challenge if they're to reach the quarter-finals.

As for Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to rotate his side for as he keeps one eye on the Premier League. It could prove a risky move, considering his men are under pressure to bounce back from two successive defeats against Liverpool and Gent.

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It’s a big game for…

Vincent Janssen. The Dutch striker is set to be handed a rare opportunity to impress in what has been a difficult debut season. The 22-year-old grabbed himself a goal and an assist in Spurs’ dramatic 4-3 home win over Wycombe Wanderers but has only scored on three other occasions. He’ll be mindful of his disappointing form and will want to improve on the four goals he’s already returned.

Pochettino has asked for more from the striker 

Best stat…

The last time these two sides meet in the FA Cup Fulham beat Spurs 4-0 at Craven Cottage in 2011.

Remember when…

Fulham beat Spurs 3-2 in a Premier League thriller in the 2002-03 season.

Player to watch…

Ryan Sessegnon. The 16-year-old who can operate as a left-back and as a winger has been making a name for himself this season. Spurs are reported to have been monitoring the English star and this weekend he has the perfect opportunity to display what his alleged suitors could be in for.

Dubbed as the next English world-beater, Sessegnon has already notched up 17 first-team appearances this season, bagging four goals and providing three assists in the process.

Ryan Sessegnon in action for Fulham

Past three-meetings…

Tottenham 3 Fulham 1
Premier League, April 2014

Fulham 1 Tottenham 2
Premier League, December 2013

Tottenham 0 Fulham 1
Premier League, March 2013

Form guide…

Fulham: LWWLWW

Tottenham: DWDWLL

Key information...

Kick-off: Sunday 19 February, 2.00pm, Craven Cottage

TV: The match will be shown on BBC One with coverage starting at 1.40pm.


Fulham to win: 16/5

Tottenham to win: 81/100

Draw: 13/5


Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage as Tottenham take a trip to Craven Cottage for the fifth round FA Cup clash. Spurs have won four of their last five meetings with Fulham in the FA Cup, but can the Championship side break this deadly curse today on home turf? We'll see.

Team news announced shortly. 

Joe Miles19 February 2017 12:53
Joe Miles19 February 2017 12:54

Team news: 

Joe Miles19 February 2017 13:02
Joe Miles19 February 2017 13:09
Joe Miles19 February 2017 13:14

Kick off at Craven Cottage will be 14:00. 

Fulham currently sit at 8th in the Championship table, with their opponents chasing the title in the PL. Pochettino's men enter the clash on the back of a 1-0 midweek defeat to Gent in the Europa League - so they will be hoping to redeem their reputation today.

The Whites have won four consecutive home matches in all competitions, so they will be hoping to continue this rich vein of home form today. 

It's set to be an exhilarating 90 minutes. 

Joe Miles19 February 2017 13:21

There were initial doubts surrounding the fitness of the captain, but much to the dissapoint of the home fans - it seems he is good to go.  

Joe Miles19 February 2017 13:32

The most recent FA Cup meeting between these two sides was a fourth-round tie in 2011. Fulham came out on top, winning 4-0 and securing their biggest ever win against Spurs. 

Can it happen again today? We'll see. 

Stay tuned for live coverage and minute-by-minute updates all of the action.

Joe Miles19 February 2017 13:40

Tottenham have won this competition eight times, but can Fulham spring another FA Cup surprise and give Pochettino's men an early exit? They remain in three competitions, but they're showing no signs of weakness today as they start with a strong line-up. 

Joe Miles19 February 2017 13:45

The players march out onto the field at Craven Cottage. Just minutes until kick-off now.

Joe Miles19 February 2017 13:58

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