If Tottenham fans hoped Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager would help their side refocus on the fight to finish fourth, then last weekend’s stumbling draw at Aston Villa may have burst their bubble.
Spurs are still in the driving seat for the final Champions League spot (pending Chelsea heroics in Munich) thanks to a one-point advantage over Newcastle going into the final day of the season. They are 11/100 with bwin to finish in the top four.
With the Toon travelling to an Everton side with nothing to play for, Harry Redknapp will want a result against Fulham in order to seal fourth and put pressure on third-placed Arsenal (who face a tricky trip to Hodgson’s West Brom).
However, getting that result against one of the Premier League’s form sides may be easier said than done.
One run of form that has gone more unnoticed is Fulham’s success in London derbies, where they lead the capital head-to-head table with 12 points from seven games against the league’s four other London teams.
As it is, bwin’s 3Way football betting odds have Spurs at 2/5 to win the game, Fulham at 27/4 and the draw at 17/5.
Spurs’ record since Harry had his head turned by the England job has been well publicised but it’s worth repeating – 16 wins before February 12th and just three in 12 games since.
That’s largely been down to starting badly, with Spurs only twice leading at half-time during that stretch and it’s 4/5 for them not to be in front after 45 minutes, which looks like an extremely good bet for starters.
For as Spurs’ form has tailed off, Fulham have been moving up the table and only champions-elect Manchester City have better form over the past six games.
The Lilywhites have avereraged nearly two goals a game in this run and they’re 18/5 to score more than once at the Lane.
Meanwhile, one run of form that has gone more unnoticed is Fulham’s success in London derbies, where they lead the capital head-to-head table with 12 points from seven games against the league’s four other London teams.
A Fulham win in a game of more than three goals would be a nice earner for customers using the ₤25 free bet they receive when signing up to a bwin account, with this punt paying out ₤325 if it proves successful.
However, with their greater need and the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to call on, Harry’s team should be able to earn a draw even if they get off to their now-customary slow start.
With this in mind, Spurs to come from behind at the interval to claim a draw in the second half could be a good outside punt at 35/2.
Recommended bet: draw or Fulham win at half time @ 4/5
Outside punt: Fulham/draw at half time/full time @ 35/2
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