Sunday, April 18, 2021

Prediction: Fulham vs Tottenham

Verdict: Fulham double chance

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a London derby on Thursday evening, Tottenham will make the trip to an empty Craven Cottage when they face off against Fulham in midweek.

Fulham

Starting with the hosts, while Fulham might have managed to extend on their unbeaten run last weekend, the Cottagers know that they missed out on a golden chance to make up some ground. Still sat three points adrift of Newcastle and finding a route out of the relegation zone, Scott Parker’s side had to settle for a 0-0 stalemate away at Crystal Palace on Sunday lunchtime. Facing a tough run of fixtures that will see them face off against Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City over the next fortnight, the former England midfielder should still find the mood in his camp at a high. Making a string of improvements since a dreadful start to the 2020/21 campaign, the Whites do find themselves enjoying a five-match Premier League unbeaten run. With their recent resurge highlighted by that shock 2-0 victory against Everton on the road last month, Parker should also be boosted by his side’s eye-catching displays at the back. Recording a clean sheet against Palace over the weekend, Thursday’s hosts have conceded just a single goal on their five-match unbeaten run.

Team News

Fulham have confirmed that they will once again be without both Marek Rodak and Tom Cairney on Thursday evening.

Making his return against Crystal Palace last weekend, Aleksandar Mitrović could be set for a recall to Scott Parker’s starting XI.

Tottenham

As for the visitors, managing to make a much-needed return to winning ways over the weekend, there is no doubt that Tottenham will be desperate to build off of that display in North London. Eventually cruising their way to what quickly turned into a 4-0 romp against Burnley in the capital, Jose Mourinho’s side managed to collect just their second win in their previous seven domestic matchups. Knowing that they’re still in an uphill battle if they’re to secure themselves a top-four return this season, the former Manchester United boss could be calling on Gareth Bale to lead their charge at Craven Cottage this week. Putting in his best performance since rejoining Spurs back in January, the Wales international bagged himself a brace on Sunday and has now recorded four goals in as many appearances across all formats. While Tottenham might be smelling a real chance to make it back-to-back Premier League wins in midweek, the Whites have struggled with their domestic form on the road. Including a 2-1 defeat against rivals West Ham last month, Mourinho’s men have lost each of their last three top-flight contests outside of North London.

Team News

Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is the only confirmed absentee that will miss out at Craven Cottage on Thursday evening.

After bagging a brace against Burnley last time out, Gareth Bale is expected to once again line up alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in attack.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off in the reverse fixture back in January, Thursday’s opponents played out a 1-1 draw.
  • Tottenham have lost each of their last four domestic matchups on the road, including their last three Premier League away fixtures on the bounce.
  • Gareth Bale has bagged four goals in as many appearances across all formats.
  • Fulham are unbeaten in each of their last five Premier League matchups, their best run of the season so far.
  • More impressive, the Cottagers have conceded just a single goal on that five-match unbeaten run.

Conclusion

While Tottenham might be tipped as the bookmakers’ favourite on Thursday evening, Fulham could prove to be another tough test in midweek. Managing to pick themselves up a shock point when they traveled to North London back in January, Scott Parker’s side could be smelling the chance to cause another upset at Craven Cottage. Unbeaten in their last five Premier League matchups on the bounce and showing a string of improvements at the back, Jose Mourinho’s side might face a tough test across the capital. While Spurs did manage to make a thumping return to winning ways against Burnley over the weekend, they do hold a reputation for their issues on the road. Including a 2-1 defeat against West Ham, Tottenham have lost each of their last four domestic away fixtures on the bounce.

Verdict: Fulham double chance

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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