Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip to Craven Cottage to take on former boss Martin Jol.
Whilst Jol will be a familiar face to Spurs fans, Fuham fans too will be seeing a familiar sight in opposition colours, Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey having moved to White Hart Lane in the summer.
That pair were crucial to Fulham’s success last season but they haven’t been as badly missed as expected, with the Cottagers sitting fairly comfortably in 11th place. The purchase of Dimitar Berbatov was a masterstroke, the former Tottenham man (yes, another border crosser) having netted five times this season.
Fulham have been a mixed bag at home this season, winning three, drawing one and losing two, but that sets the game up perfectly because Tottenham have been equally Jeckyll and Hyde away from the Lane, winning three and losing three.
One of the key battles at the Cottage will be on the wings. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon have been in absolutely scintillating form this season, the latter finally delivering on his early promise. Both were heavily involved in Spurs’ victory over Liverpool midweek, although both would like to forget how they combined for Liverpool’s goal.
Tottenham’s resurgence seems to have coincided with the return of Dembele and Fulham supporters may be watching through their fingers as their former hero lines up against them. Dembele has continued from where he left off before his injury, controlling the middle of the park, showing neat touches, tough tackling, razor-sharp awareness and a beautiful range of passing. How Fulham control him could be the key to this game so a lot will rest on the shoulders of Steve Sidwell.
Fulham will not be pushovers and will be their usual organised, tough to break down selves. If Berbatov gets his foot on the ball, he can do some real damage and strike partner Bryan Ruiz is capable of some magic.
However, I think the in-form Lilywhites should edge this London derby, taking it 2-0.