Hangeland out to upset Spurs
Any points taken from Spurs would normally be considered a bonus, with the North London club sitting pretty in third place, but just two points ahead of Chelsea, who have a game in hand.
Unexpectedly, Spurs suffered their first defeat in three months at the weekend, losing 3-2 in a dramatic game at Anfield which saw tempers boiling over from both sets of players, such is the importance of every Premier League game as the end of the season draws closer.
However, Fulham have had a similarly satisfying set of results by their own standards in the last month or so, with their only defeat in their last five games coming against league leaders Manchester United.
The match may also turn out to be a heated affair, with Fulham keen to push on from 10th place and consolidate a position in the top half of the table.
Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele are just a couple of a number of links between the two London clubs, with Fulham also harbouring Dimitar Berbatov, who made his name at Spurs before moving on to Old Trafford in September 2008.
“They are right now are one of the top teams in the country,” the Norwegian said, as reported by the London Evening Standard. “I’m sure many will see Spurs as the favourites.
“But that’s fine, we know what we are capable of and we like to think we can take something from the game.”
Hangeland continued: “Andre Villas-Boas has them playing some really good football this term, and throughout their squad they have some very talented players.”
Indeed, Hangeland may be all too wary of the threat posed by the likes of Gareth Bale, who has terrorised countless defenders on his way to being touted as one of the world’s greatest current footballers.
He added: “Gareth Bale is in fine form, whilst they also have the likes of Aaron Lennon, Mousa Dembele and Jermain Defoe who can make a difference in the final third.”