In what turned out to be an incredibly tense affair, Tottenham Hotspur managed to beat relegation-threatened Fulham last night to give their top four hopes a real injection of life. The only goal of the game was an own goal by Tosin Adarabioyo, although the Cottagers are probably right to feel aggrieved given how the evening played out.
Dele Alli didn’t wind up scoring the goal that won the game for Spurs but he did play an incredibly essential role in it, just a few months after many thought his Tottenham career was over. The Englishman has come back from the brink in a similar manner to Jesse Lingard but interestingly enough, he didn’t need to leave North London in order to do it. He’s clearly shown Jose Mourinho something that he likes and for that reason alone, he has to be feeling confident about what he can achieve for the rest of the campaign.
Bad luck for Fulham
Fulham will be waking up this morning with an incredibly bad taste in their mouth after Josh Maja’s equaliser was ruled out due to a questionable handball by Mario Lemina. His arm was actually down by the side of his body which seems to be the heart of the issue, and when you’re in a relegation fight, we all know that every single point matters. There’s no clear sign as to where they’re going to go next but hopefully, for the sake of the club, this doesn’t knock them back too far in their pursuit of survival.
Tottenham Hotspur are currently priced as the sixth favourites to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season with odds of 10/3 as per 888sport. A lot of fans don’t want to get too far ahead of themselves and we can understand the logic behind that, but at the same time, it’s impressive to see how Jose Mourinho has bounced back in recent weeks. The next step will be, obviously, for them to string a few more important wins together, and at that stage perhaps a conversation could be had regarding what they can achieve this season.
Fulham: Areola (6.5), Robinson (7), Adarabioyo (6.5), Andersen (7), Aina (7.5), Loftus-Cheek (6), Reed (6.5), Lemina (6), Cavaleiro (6), Lookman (6.5), Maja (6), Bryan (6), Mitrovic (6), Anguissa (6)
Tottenham: Lloris (7.5), Doherty (7), Sanchez (7.5), Alderweireld (6.5), Davies (7), Ndombele (7), Hojbjerg (6.5), Bale (7), Alli (7), Son (7), Kane (7), Sissoko (6.5), Moura (6), Lamela (6.5)
Referee: David Coote
Goals: Adarabioyo OG
Yellow Cards: Reed, Lookman, Bale
Red Cards: N/A
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