Fulham are set to face off against Premier League high-flyers Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. The draw, which took place Monday night, pitted the two London clubs against each other for a place in the final eight of the competition. The cup tie will be played the weekend of February 18, and will most likely be moved back to Sunday, February 19 due to Spurs’ Europa League commitments.
Both sides are coming off impressive attacking displays in the Fourth Round, with both Fulham and Tottenham bagging four goals against their previous opponents. Tottenham, however, had a harder time of things than Fulham, as Spurs barely ground out a 4-3 win over League Two Wycombe Wanderers.
Fulham, on the other hand, breezed past Premier League Hull City, sweeping away the Tigers 4-1 on the weekend. Fullback Ryan Sessegnon and striker Chris Martin turned in impressive performances for the Whites, who will be looking to advance past the Fifth Round for the first time since 2010.
The last time Fulham matched up against Spurs at the Cottage was in December 2013, when the Whites fell to a devastating 2-1 loss after leading 1-0. Fulham have not played Tottenham since the reverse fixture in the relegation campaign of 2013/14, losing 3-1 at White Hart Lane in April 2014.
However, Fulham have enjoyed recent success against Tottenham in the FA Cup. Fulham thrashed Tottenham 4-0 at home in January 2011 in the Fourth Round, thanks to goals from Danny Murphy, Brede Hangeland, and current Spurs player Mousa Dembele.
Although Fulham have only won three out of their last 19 matches against Spurs in all competitions (dating back to January 2007), Fulham nevertheless have some memorable moments against the North London side.
In March 2013, the Cottagers famously won 1-0 away at White Hart Lane. A well-taken goal from Dimitar Berbatov and heroic goalkeeping from Mark Schwarzer allowed Fulham to claim a classic smash and grab triumph at the Lane.
Here’s hoping Fulham can cause the upset and advance to the quarterfinals, adding a much-needed cup run to the season. COYW!