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Time for Kane to Break his Hoodoo?

Spurs encounter with Fulham on Saturday was supposed to be the last official home game at Wembley for the Lilywhites before moving into their new stadium.

It was supposed to be a momentous occasion for a club boasting a rich history, but stadium delays have put paid to that.

Instead, the visit of newly promoted Fulham is just like any other Premier League home game but that does not make it any less important.

Especially not for Harry Kane.

Much has been made of World Cup Golden Boot winner’s August hoodoo and after failing to score against Newcastle United last weekend, it meant the Englishman’s barren August spell has stretched to 14 games.

Remarkably, that means that Kane has made 46 shots in his Premier League August career and not scored with any of them in 988 minutes of play.

Not that it has stopped the 25-year-old from netting 20-plus goals a season for the last four campaigns.

However, the signs are good that this weekend, Harry Kane will finally end one of football’s most confusing records.

Fulham’s record in London derbies is less than impressive having played a total of 119 capital derby matches but have only claimed victory 25 times.

That is a win percentage of just 21% and is actually the worst record in the Premier League when compared to possible derby matches this season.

Spurs have also dominated preceding’s between the pair with the Lilywhites having won nine of the last eleven matches between the two. That stretches all the way back to November 2008.

When the pair last met in the Premier League on Spurs territory, Tottenham won 3-1 and guess who was on the scoresheet that day?

Yep, Harry Kane.

When the pair last met (in the 2016/17 FA Cup) in February 2017 at Craven Cottage, Spurs ran out 3-0 winners and guess who was on the scoresheet that day?

Yep, Harry Kane.

In fact, Kane scored all three of Tottenham’s goals in a stunning display by the hitman.

That means, in the last two appearances in all competitions against the Cottagers, Kane has scored a heavyweight four times making Fulham something of a favoured team for the former Millwall loanee.

Aside from Kane’s hoodoo, there is more good news in the form of Dele Alli.

The 22-year-olds goal against Newcastle at the weekend was his 33rd strike for the Lilywhites in different games and remarkably when he has scored Spurs have never lost with 27 wins and 6 draws.

Only James Milner and Darius Vassell (remember him) have a better record (although Alli still has someway to go to catch Milner’s 47 stretch).

The signs are good for Tottenham on Saturday and it could prove to be the perfect weekend IF Kane can get on the scoresheet.

It is just a shame it is not farewell to Wembley just yet with both the Liverpool and Cardiff games to be played at the national stadium.

However, if all goes well, it will be Manchester City the first Premier League opposition as Spurs embark on a new era at the club.

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