Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham - Sunday, 3pm
MARTIN Jol is not convinced Tottenham's midweek Europa League exertions will leave them especially vulnerable to a home defeat against his Fulham team on Sunday.
While Spurs were travelling to Milan to play 120 minutes of football at San Siro, Jol's men had their feet up and will be playing only their second game this month at the weekend.
But the Fulham boss is wary of pinning his hopes too much on the fatigue factor and is even more fearful that his team may be under-cooked for the clash, if anything.
“A few of their players didn't play, like Michael Dawson and [Benoit] Assou-Ekotto, and Gareth Bale and they've got a big squad.
“My experience is that if you rest five or six players like they did, then there is no problem. Aaron Lennon only came on as a substitute and Adebayor and Defoe, I think only one of them will play anyway.
“It was very annoying that we had only two games in this month, Sunderland and now this one. It's not what you want.
"Of course there's a lot of other teams in cups who have played all these games but I think it's probably better to keep your rhythm than not.”
Fulham have no real injury problems, apart from Mahamadou Diarra, whose knee injury makes it touch and go whether he plays again this season.
Fulham look safe enough in mid-table – nine points above the relegation zone on 33 points - but Jol will not relax until the drop becomes impossible.
“We would like to get 40 points as quickly as possible, then you never know,” the Whites' boss said.
“I think we are better now than four or five years ago, when we were on the fringes of relegation and needed players like Clint Dempsey and Danny Murphy to keep the club up.
“I think we are in a better position now, but you have to look over your shoulder, because four or five clubs are still with us there who could be in a situation you don't like.”