The North London club make a visit to Craven Cottage in game week 21 of the Premier League.
Fulham are having an absolutely prodigious Premier League 2022/23 season. The whites are currently seventh in the league and are above teams like Liverpool and Chelsea at the moment. Few expected the Cottagers to perform so exceptionally well in their first season back in the Premier League.
Fulham’s extraordinary five-game winning streak was cut short just prior to their meet with their London counterparts Tottenham, as Newcastle handed the Cottagers a narrow one-nil defeat.
Tottenham are currently in fifth in the Premier League table, 6 points behind fourth-place Manchester United. Spurs’ poor performance in the past few games, has given teams like Newcastle and Man United the perfect opportunity to extend their lead and widen the gap.
Spurs have been able to pick up only 4 points in their last five games, and Conte’s men have to come out with a viable solution to their problems before it gets too worse.
Kick-off: Sunday,24th January; 1:30 am (IST), 23rd January 8:00 pm (GMT)
Fulham Form (All Competitions): L-W-W-W-W
Tottenham Form (All Competitions): L-L-L-W-L
Players To Watch
Leno has made a fascinating comeback this season. From being dropped out of Arsenal and being pawned off to Fulham, to currently being one of the best Premier League keepers, Leno has proved his doubters wrong.
The German keeper has made 80 saves so far this season, and has made up pretty well for Fulham’s inconsistent and rocky defence. With Spurs’ attacking prowess which includes the likes of Kane and Son, Leno’s contribution will be vital, and he has to be at the top of his game.
The situation is demanding, and time is critical. Tottenham desperately need a win to reignite the hopes of a top-four finish, and there is only one person that can inspire his team into this win, and that is Harry Kane.
Undoubtedly the best player for Spurs this season, Kane already has 15 goals in the Premier League so far this season, and has to step up in this crucial fixture, and has to be clinical at the front for the Lilywhites.
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Injury and team news
For Fulham, Antonee Robinson is back after a one-game ban. Neeskens Kebano remains sidelined as a result of his injury, whereas Shane Duffy is doubtful for the game due to his illness.
Spurs are only missing Lucas Moura, who is out because of a long-term tendon injury. Bryan Gill is doubtful for the game, whereas Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski are being assessed, after showing signs of fatigue on Thursday after recently returning from injury.
Tottenham Hotspur: 18
Fulham predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):
Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed; Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Mitrovic
Tottenham predicted lineup (3-4-3):
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Richarlison
The game will surely be savoury and nervy as two really strong teams lock horns. Fulham won’t fail to impress once again, but Tottenham will go home with all three points after a narrow win against their neighbours.
Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Spurs
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