Fulham v Tottenham: Spurs facing third straight defeat
Kick Off: 1400, 19/02/2017
Stadium: Craven Cottage
TV: BBC One
Tottenham must bounce back from a disappointing week which has featured defeats against Liverpool and Gent when they travel across London to Fulham for Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie.
However, the Cottagers were emphatic winners against Hull at this venue in the previous round and will be fired up for this chance to claim another Premier League scalp.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Fulham have boosted their hopes of making the Championship play-offs with home wins over Wigan and Nottingham Forest this week, with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side continuing to impress going forward, but also looking fragile at the back in those 3-2 victories.
“The last two games at home we have conceded four goals, both oppositions put us under so many stressful situations – we need to do better,” commented the Serbian boss, who also called on his supporters to provide a white-hot atmosphere for this tie.
However, this could be one occasion when employing gung-ho tactics works in favour of Fulham, helping them to unsettle a Spurs side which is expected to feature plenty of changes, and we’re taking 17/5 for the underdogs to come out on top.
A Look At Tottenham’s Betting Odds
Tottenham put in a pretty lifeless display when going down 2-0 at Anfield last weekend and a near full-strength line-up again looked jaded during Thursday night’s 1-0 loss to mid-table Belgian outfit Gent in the Europa League.
With the second leg of that tie now taking on extra significance, Mauricio Pochettino will surely opt to bring in a number of fringe players for the trip to Craven Cottage and that could make them vulnerable to another upset – with the almighty scare Wycombe gave them at White Hart Lane in the last round of this competition also still fresh in the memory.
Heung-Min Son, who was only used as a substitute in Belgium, netted twice against Wycombe and also struck against Aston Villa in round three, so 6/5 he is on target again here has obvious appeal, but we reckon Fulham can capitalise on having the more settled side here and like 27/4 for a home win and both teams to score.
FULHAM 3-2 Nottingham Forest – Tom Cairney, Lucas Piazon, Jack Hobbs (og)
Gent 1-0 TOTTENHAM
Head-to-head: Tottenham 3-1 Fulham, Fulham 1-2 Tottenham, Tottenham 0-1 Fulham, Fulham 0-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 2-0 Fulham, Fulham 1-3 Tottenham