Tottenham have begun to suffer the unpredictable effects of motivation deficit disorder and backing born-again basement battlers Fulham to gain at least a point when the pair face off looks the shrewd way to play at 33/20.
Regular news.bwin.com/en/ readers were warned of the perils of backing sides lured into complacency by a lack of tangible late-season targets recently, more of which can be read here.
In the aforementioned article Cardiff were identified as having a far greater sense of purpose than Southampton and duly obliged at 8/5 for their double-chance backers.
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Here’s why the rejuvenated underdogs can deliver:
Tim Sherwood’s men have won just two of their last eight outings.
A March/April form dip has become frustratingly predictable for Spurs sages in recent campaigns and only imploding Sunderland have been comprehensively dispatched of late.
The Cottagers have claimed as many points (ten) as Spurs in the eight games since Felix Magath’s arrival.
While the hosts have been slowly loosening their grip on the throttle, Fulham are finally gunning along after a fearful wrestle with the starting handle and can claim to match the north Londoners for form.
Tottenham have been ahead at half-time just twice during 15 games since the beginning of February.
Nowhere has the Lilywhites’ slackening intensity been better illustrated than in the way they start matches, with Sherwood’s soldiers trudging off in arrears in six of their last eight.
Spurs haven’t kept a clean sheet in eight games, allowing the opposition 20 goals.
Against a defence averaging in excess of two concessions an outing Fulham can find the net to boost their chances of avoiding defeat.
Fulham silenced White Hart Lane with a 1-0 win in north London last term.
Finally, visiting this particular corner of north London will hold that much less fear this time around for a side which snapped a Tottenham away jinx that begun back in 2003 last season.
A Cottagers win can be backed at 5/1 for victory, with Spurs 9/20 and the draw an 18/5 shot