Tottenham vs Fulham: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score
Tottenham play Fulham at White Hart Lane on Sunday hoping to secure a top-three finish. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-ups and predicted score.
Tottenham welcome London rivals Fulham to White Hart Lane hoping to secure at least a top-four finish this season.
Spurs currently sit fourth in the table one point behind rivals Arsenal and one ahead of fifth-placed Newcastle, so should the Gunners fail to beat West Brom, a win would guarantee third spot and with it Champions League football next season.
However, if Arsenal win away at the Hawthorns, Harry Redknapp’s men would be consigned to fourth and will face a nervy wait to see if they will be playing with Europe’s elite next season. If Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in next weeks Champions League final, then the team who finish fourth will be forced to play in the Europa League next term.
Spurs go into the game having won just 3 of their last 12 games and missed the chance to reclaim third spot after only drawing 1-1 away at Aston Villa.
Fulham on the other hand are on a superb run having won 5 of their last 7, only losing 1, a run which has seen Martin Jol’s side pushing for a 7th place finish.
Tottenham are sweating on the fitness of Scott Parker who is once again struggling with an achilles injury.
Harry Redknapp has problems at left back after Danny Rose was sent off last week against Villa and is therefore suspended, while first choice Benoit Assou-Ekotto is out with a shoulder injury.
This leaves Redknapp with the option of moving William Gallas over to the left or bringing Gareth Bale back from his left wing position to left back. His decision may rest with whether Ledley King can play, despite his troublesome knee injury.
Long-term absentees Niko Kranjcar, Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson remain on the sidelines.
Fulham were dealt a huge blow with the news Clint Dempsey is out with a groin strain and the American joins Bryan Ruiz, Dickson Etuhu and Steve Sidwell in missing the trip to White Hart Lane.
Despite their recent troubles, Tottenham are clear favourites to collect all three points from this game and only nerves or complacency will prevent them from doing so. But we can see Spurs doing there bit and winning this one. Tottenham 2-0 Fulham.
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