Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Prediction: Tottenham vs Fulham

Verdict: Tottenham win by 2+ goals

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Given a late fixture change, Tottenham will now face off against Fulham in a London derby when Spurs host their crosstown rivals from behind closed doors on Wednesday night.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, after collecting what turned out to be a routine 5-0 romp against non-league FA Cup dreamers Marine over the weekend, there is no doubt that Jose Mourinho’s men will be desperate to keep up that momentum in midweek. While on paper the former Manchester United boss might have seen his side win each of their last three matchups on the bounce, that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Although the Lilywhites also managed to book their spot in the final of this year’s EFL Cup after a 2-0 win against Championship outfit Brentford last week, they have recorded just a single victory in their last five Premier League appearances. However, hoping to have broken that blip with an eventful 3-0 win against Leeds earlier in the month, Wednesday’s hosts could be calling on Harry Kane to lead their charge in midweek. Courtesy of his penalty against Leeds last time out, the England skipper became the first player to reach double figures for both goals and assists in the top five European leagues this season.

Team News

It is expected that Jose Mourinho could hand both Harry Winks and Gareth Bale a start on Wednesday night.

However, Tottenham will once again be without Giovani Lo Celso in midweek.

Fulham

As for the visitors, while Scott Parker might have been vocal about his displeasure at the Premier League’s late fixture switch, the Cottagers should find the mood in their camp at a high. Although the top-flight returners might have been tipped as a leading relegation scrapper earlier in the season, the former England midfielder has seen his side show their resolve. Last seen over the weekend when booking their spot in the fourth-round of this year’s FA Cup, Fulham secured a 2-0 win away at Championship outfit and local rivals QPR. While Parker’s men might make the trip to North London on Wednesday night still sat three points adrift in the bottom-three, the Whites are unbeaten in their last four Premier League appearances on the bounce. Although they might have had to settle for a point in each of those four top-flight outings, it should be noted that they have snatched points off of both Southampton and defending champions Liverpool.

Team News

Fulham have no fresh injuries after their FA Cup win against QPR over the weekend.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides last faced off in January 2019, Tottenham picked up a 2-1 win.
  • In fact, Spurs have won each of their last five straight meetings against Fulham.
  • The Cottagers have drawn their last four Premier League matchups on the bounce.
  • Tottenham have scored at least a pair of goals in nine of their last 10 home fixtures across all formats.
  • Fulham have managed to score just a pair of goals in their last five Premier League appearances.

Conclusion

While Fulham might be enjoying arguably their brightest run of the season so far, the West London outfit could face a stern test on Wednesday night. Hoping to have brought an end to their minor Premier League blip over the past month, Spurs should be smelling a real chance on home soil. Last seen on Premier League duties when picking up a thumping 3-0 win against Leeds in the capital, the likes of Harry Kane should be looking to extend on their recent purple patch. Booking their spot in the final of this year’s EFL Cup last week and winning each of their last five meetings against Fulham, we’re backing a similar outcome on Wednesday night.

Verdict: Tottenham win by 2+ goals

Best Odds: 11/10

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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