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Saturday 16 December 2017

Big cup clashes spur Hodgson

Roy Hodgson believes Fulham will start the decisive month of their season when they meet Tottenham in this evening's FA Cup quarter-final at Craven Cottage.

The late kick-off is the first of five fixtures in 16 days, a run that includes a trip to Manchester United and their Europa League last-16 tie against Juventus over two legs. By March 18 Fulham could have secured an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and a place in the last eight of Europe.

Hodgson has urged his players to go out and write their name in the club's history books. "This is a big month and it's amazing that the games come back to back," said Hodgson. "First we have Tottenham, who are fourth in the Premier League and having a great season, in the quarter-final. Then a last-16 game in Turin.

"It's not often you don't pay much attention to a fixture against United, who we face the following Sunday, but that's the way it has to be at the moment. It would be a tremendous achievement if we could do something this month and get something from either of the fixtures against Tottenham or Juventus."

FA CUP: FULHAM v TOTTENHAM LIVE UTV/SETANTA (KO 5.20)

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