Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more
Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Tottenham Hotspur News & Current Form:
With the arrival of Ange Postecoglou as head coach, the Spurs have completely changed their style of play, starting to act openly and actively attack. And as it turned out, this tactic suits the team better than the defensive style of Antonio Conte.
Also, the new specialist improved the atmosphere in the locker room and mentally brought the team to a new level. He has made training sessions shorter, but more productive and less energy-consuming.
The result of these changes has been a shocking start to the new season of the English Premier League. In eight matches, the London team was able to win six times and twice played in a draw. Londoners hit the opponent’s goal eighteen times and eight times missed on their own.
As a result, the team from the capital of England has 20 points in its assets and sits in fourth place in the standings. Liverpool FC in third place have the same number of points, while table leader Manchester City and Arsenal FC have 21 points each. The Spurs looked better than in the current draw only in the 1960/61 season, when they had the maximum result in this stretch of the championship.
Tottenham also benefited from the acquisition of James Maddison. In eight games for Spurs, the midfielder scored five assists and two goals. At the end of August, he was recognized as the best player in the EPL.
But there is another player with more surprising results: after the departure of Harry Kane, new captain Son Heung-min (6+0) took over the goal scoring. In September, he scored more goals (6) than any other EPL player.
The Spurs celebrated victories over Burnley FC (2:5) and Sheffield United FC (2:1). Then there was a draw with Arsenal away (2:2). After a draw with the Gunners, the Whites scored a dramatic 2:1 win over Liverpool, and in the week before the national team break, Tottenham faced Luton Town FC away.
The match with the outsider turned out to be unexpectedly very difficult for Postecoglou’s team. At the end of the first half, they were outnumbered after Yves Bissouma was suspended, but Tottenham coped with the difficulties with dignity. In the 52nd minute, James Maddison managed a great pass along the front line, who redirected the ball to Micky Van de Ven, who finished the attack – 1:0.
At the end of last season the Lilywhites failed to qualify for the European Cups, so they can devote themselves fully to the championship. In addition, the team has already dropped out of the League Cup, in the 1/32 final in a penalty shootout losing just to Fulham.
At that time, Ange Postecoglou released 8 players of the closest reserve on the field. This affected the cohesion of the Spurs, which led to a draw in regulation time (1:1). Both goals were scored by Tottenham – one in their own net. The Cottagers won in a penalty shootout (5:4).
The team is missing important midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, wingers Ivan Perisic and Manor Solomon, as well as goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman and defender Ryan Sessegnon. In addition, promising forward Brennan Johnson is in doubt, while supporting midfielder Bissouma is disqualified after receiving a red card in the match against Luton.
Fulham News & Current Form:
The oldest club in London is a solid mid-table team of the current season of the English championship. For eight games the Londoners got three wins, three losses and two draws. The London team scored eight goals, and conceded as many as thirteen.
In terms of expected goals scored (xG= 1.1) and conceded (xGA = 1.92), it closes the top three worst. The team from the capital of England currently has eleven points in its assets and is in thirteenth place in the standings.
In eight meetings the Cottagers won only against Luton Town (1:0), Everton FC (1:0) and Sheffield United (3:1). Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Willian scored for the London team. Another goal was an auto-goal of the opponent.
Also, they played a draw with Arsenal (2:2) and Crystal Palace FC (0:0). Victories indicate nothing, because the opponents beaten by Fulham are located at the very bottom of the standings.
It is also worth noting that in the game with the Gunners, Marco Silva’s wards clung to a draw far from luck. Arsenal won by a large margin on all statistical parameters. Only by a miracle the opponent did not score more.
The Cottagers lost first to Brentford FC (0:3), and then to Manchester City (1:5) and Chelsea FC (0:2). It is striking that the Londoners missed a lot. They have conceded a total of 13 goals in eight meetings. If it wasn’t for Bernd Leno, it would have been even worse. During this period of time, the goalkeeper made as many as 30 saves.
Even since the middle of last season, Fulham have been in a slump. Not least due to the fact that opponents have adapted to the strategy of Marco Silva. The summer transfer campaign has not helped in the slightest. On the contrary, things have gotten worse since the departure of Aleksandar Mitrovic to Al Hilal.
The Whites have already managed to overcome two rounds of the Carabao Cup. First, the Cottagers at home in a penalty shootout were stronger than Tottenham, and then also on their field defeated Norwich City FC (2:1). The next opponent of the team will be Ipswich Town FC.
Fulham are still without the injured defender Tosin Adarabioyo. There is also an uncertainty with the participation of lateral Tete, who transferred from Olympique Lyonnais, and reserve winger Adama Traore. Mexican striker Raul Jimenez (0 goals in 7 games), who since his arrival to the team in the summer has not yet gained optimal form, did not appear on the field in the last round.
Instead of him Carlos Vinicius (1 goal in 4 matches) may appear in the starting lineup. Experienced Brazilian winger Willian, who scored in the match with Sheffield United, is expected to again take a place on the left wing of the attack. Due to the injury to Issa Diop, mentor Marco Silva will have to use Calvin Bassey along with Tim Ream in defense.
Tottenham Hotspur form guide: L-W-W-D-W-W
Fulham form guide: L-W-D-W-L-W
Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham Head-To-Head Record:
- March 4, 2021: Fulham 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League);
- September 3, 2022: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Fulham (Premier League);
- January 23, 2023: Fulham 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League);
- August 29, 2023: Fulham 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur (League Cup, 5 – 3 on penalties).
Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham Predicted XI:
Tottenham Hotspur’s possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Hojbjerg; Kulusevski, Maddison, Son; Richarlison.
Fulham’s possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson; Pereira, Palhinha, Iwobi; Decordova-Reid, Vinicius, Willian.
Statistical preview of the match Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham:
- Tottenham’s First XI average age is 25.2 years, Fulham’s First XI average age is 29.5 years.
- The total value of Tottenham’s squad is 747 mln euros, while Fulham’s is 304 mln euros.
- Anthony Taylor has been appointed as the center referee. The referee has already served fourteen games this season, showing an average of 5 Yellow Cards and also whistles 20.21 fouls per game.
- In the last 5 games Fulham conceded an average of 0.80 goals per game and scored an average of 1.20 goals per game.
- In the last 5 games, Tottenham conceded an average of 1.20 goals per game and scored an average of 2.40 goals per game.
- Tottenham last lost to Fulham in the EPL in March of 2013 (since then 7 wins and one draw).
- Tottenham have yet to lose in this English championship (6 wins and 2 draws).
- Only in one of the last 6 EPL away matches Fulham failed to score.
- In 4 of Tottenham’s 5 previous EPL games, both teams scored.
- In 7 previous matches of the championship Fulham won only 2 victories (2 draws and 3 defeats).
- On the road Fulham can not win in 3 consecutive matches in the EPL (2 draws and 1 defeat).
What has been said before the match:
Gaffer of the Spurs Ange Postecoglou about upcoming games at home field:
“We’ve also only had three home games so far, we’ve had five away from home. That’s been a challenge in itself because we’ve seen, particularly our stadium this year, we’ve had three cracking games and the supporters have helped us in that but we haven’t had that for five games away from home.”
“Whatever the challenge is before you, multiple away games or three in London, that’s the challenge before us. We just have to maintain real focus around the challenge we have and that we don’t allow ourselves to think about what’s gone before us and more importantly what’s too far ahead of us. What’s really important is we’ve got a real tough game on Monday night against a strong Premier League opponent.”
Marco Silva, head coach of the Cottagers, praised the opponents for astonishing results:
“We look forward to the match, with trust and belief in ourselves, while respecting Tottenham. Tottenham is having an amazing start to the season. They are at the top of the table and it’s clear why.”
“Not just because of the results, of course they had to achieve results to be there, but the way they have been achieving the results has been really good, and we have to give credit to them.”
“They have had one bad result, if I can say that, and it was against us in the Carabao Cup at the Cottage. Different scenarios, different competition, they made some changes, we did as well.”
“That was a good evening for us, but it’s going to be tough playing them there. They are in a very good moment, the way they have been playing, the connection between them is growing as well, and it’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
“It’s going to demand really hard work from ourselves and a very good organization and, after, the belief and the courage to play our way.”
Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham Prediction:
A team from the leading pack of the championship against a bottom of the table underdog. With more than twice the squad value and a solid 8-match unbeaten streak in the EPL, Tottenham are nowhere near even allowing the loss-points scenario in the derby against the Cottagers. 75 percent of their Premier League matches have ended in victory – one of Tottenham’s best starts of all time. Prior to the kick-off of the 23/24 campaign, fans were lamenting that Spurs would fade away after the departure of their mainstay, Harry Kane. However, as it seems, Ange Postecoglou and his boys are proving that it’s too early to write them off.
London teams approach the match perfectly understanding the strengths and weaknesses of both themselves and each other. Fulham is the only team that was able to defeat Tottenham so far. The opponents were not successful in deciding the winner in 98 min in the 2-nd round English League Cup match, 1-1. The Black and Whites have snatched the victory in the prevailed penalty shootout. Although winning through PK at this level is mainly luck, 50/50 most of the time. This script sounds more like typical British heroics as an EFL League One side knocking-out the obvious favorite from the higher divisions. In fact, in the upcoming match the chances for the visitors to take 3 points are no more than 25%.
Cottagers are experiencing hardships in meetings with top-6. Marco Silva’s team took points away from Arsenal, but they were seriously inferior in the game, and the Gunners were much closer to the 3 points than the vis-a-vis. Manchester City and even troubled Chelsea beat Fulham confidently without much trouble. This is what should be expected to happen now as well.
Coming out with their best combination of performers, Ange Postecoglou’s team may well take revenge. It is unlikely that the Portuguese coach of the Lilywhites will have something to surprise the opponent. Let’s not forget about the home pitch factor, a monstrous newly built arena for several tens of thousands of fans with a special know-how acoustic amplification effect from the stands.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Tottenham will win with handicap (-1,5) – Yes.