Tottenham Hotspur will welcome Gareth Bale back into their side for Sunday’s match with Fulham after the Welshman was suspended for the 4-1 loss at Inter on Thursday night. Aaron Lennon could also return to the starting eleven, and Clint Dempsey should be fit to make the squad. Younes Kaboul and Sandro are both still out.
Fulham will be able to call on the services of Steve Sidwell, but will be without Mahamadou Diarra, who has a knee injury that could keep him out for the rest of the season.
After winning their Europa League tie in dramatic fashion at the San Siro Spurs have been drawn against Swiss side FC Basel in the quarter finals. Newcastle and Chelsea also made it through to the quarter finals, and on HITC today we look at which English side has done the best out of the draw.
Andre Villas-Boas has called it a difficult draw, highlighting Basel’s recent success in Europe against Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Benfica. The Portuguese manager did admit he was pleased to have such a short trip compared to some other sides.
The match in Milan was marred by racist chanting from the home fans, and Spurs have called on UEFA to make a stand against racism in the game after similar incidents in their ties against Lazio earlier in the competition.
After the poor performance against Inter William Gallas has promised that Spurs will tighten up defensively in the final months of the season, starting this weekend:
“I think the manager will have a meeting with us on Saturday to say what was wrong and correct what wasn't good. It is very important.
"To concede seven goals in two games is not very good. It can mean some things are not well. It was not the real Tottenham against Inter, but we can move on.”
Fulham’s John Arne Riise believes that Spurs heavy schedule will leave them jaded for Sunday’s game, with Spurs playing 120 minutes against Inter on Thursday. In contrast Fulham have not played a match for two weeks.
Martin Jol has hailed Gareth Bale as the best in the league at the moment, saying it is very satisfying that it was he who signed the Welshman from Southampton in 2007. Jol also said that he tried to take Bale to Hamburg on loan when he was in charge of the German club.
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