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A Tale of Two Keepers

Who would have thought that the battle for the final Champions League spot would be fought between City and Spurs without Liverpool in sight?

And who would have thought that the goalkeeping duties for this vital game rest on the shoulders of understudies?

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Fulop spent three years at White Hart Lane but failed to make the first team and was loaned to Chesterfield and Coventry City, before his loan move to Sunderland was made permanent in 2007.

Ironically, as part of the deal which took Fulop to the Stadium of Light, Ben Alnwick moved in the opposite direction and due to an injury to Spurs’ Brazilian Heurelho Gomes, Alnwick looks set to line up in the Spurs team against Fulop on Wednesday. 

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Like Fulop, Alnwick has not yet made a league appearance in the Spurs first team, and his taste of first team football has come in the shape of loan deals to Luton Town, Leicester City, Carlisle United and Norwich City in his three years at the club.

Neither of these two could have imagined at the start of the season they would play a pivotal role in terms of deciding fourth place but in terms of experience, Fulop has the edge and his experience may be the difference between success and failure on Wednesday.

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