Just as his team started to look as good as any Tottenham side of the recent past, Andre Villas-Boas has been brought back down to earth in the last week with his side going down to consecutive defeats.
Their 3-2 loss at Liverpool last Sunday will have hurt, especially as it was their own mistakes which cost them, and while the 4-1 loss to Inter Milan at San Siro was still enough to send Spurs through to the Europa League quarter-finals, the alarming performance showed just how crucial Gareth Bale is to the success of the team.
Fulham visit White Hart Lane in a London derby on Sunday and former Spurs boss Martin Jol will be looking to get one over on his former charges and cement the Cottagers’ place in the top half of the table.
Jol’s men have only lost twice in eight league games since the turn of the year, and both of those outings were against the two Manchester giants, so he will be hoping to take advantage of a vulnerable Tottenham.
On the other hand, a wounded animal is a dangerous thing, especially when they have Bale on their side. Anyway, you’re reading this for the stats, so here they are:
4. Gareth ‘the most sought after Welshman since Tom Jones’ Bale has scored the first goal in four of Tottenham’s league games since the start of February. He can be backed at 3/1 to make it five against Fulham.
6. The number of away draws Fulham have achieved this season, the joint-most in the league. A stalemate in this one can be found at a price of 10/3.
8. It has been eight league games since Spurs have either won or lost by more than a one goal margin. You can back Fulham to win with a 2-0 handicap in their favour at odds of 3/5.
22. The number of goals Tottenham have managed in 14 Premier League home games this season. Of teams in the top half, only Stoke have scored fewer. You can bet on Spurs to score under 1.5 goals at 29/20.
26. On average in away games this season, Fulham concede their first goal in the 26th minute, while they score their first in the 44th minute. Odds of 27/10 on there being two goals scored in the first half looks tempting.
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