Fulham v Tottenham – Craven Cottage at 16:00 GMT Live at Sky Sports Main Event

Tottenham Hotspur will be visiting the Craven Cottage when they take on Fulham for their Premier League clash on Sunday. The Spurs lost their footing after a disappointing 0-1 defeat to Manchester United over the weekend at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now just one point ahead of Chelsea at the 4th place in the league table and they will be aiming to bounce back when they face strugglers Fulham for their London derby.

This is possibly the best time to face Pochettino’s side. The Spurs will have plenty of afflictions with their attacking line-up in the upcoming tie since they will be without star striker Harry Kane in their clash against Fulham after suffering from an ankle ligament damage which will keep him unavailable for at least two months. Kane’s injury presents a huge blow for Pochettino’s hopes in bagging a title victory. Furthermore, they will also be without Son Heung-Min due to international duties with the Korean national team playing at the AFC Asian Cup. Without the goals from both Harry Kane and Son, Tottenham’s goal-scoring chances may be reduced which the hosts could use to their advantage.

Fulham, on the other hand, are currently hovering just above the drop zone at the 19th spot. They only managed to beat fellow relegation strugglers in the Premier League this season. Their latest accomplishment came from the defeat of Huddersfield when the Cottagers bagged the 1-0 win. Fulham currently have the weakest defensive record throughout the competition. Claudio Ranieri really needs more effort and explosiveness from his players if they want to survive especially since the Spurs are far from an easy team to beat.

LATEST NEWS

–          Harry Kane will miss Sunday’s clash against Fulham due to an ankle ligament damage which will keep him out of the league for at least a two months.

–          Son Heung-min will also be unavailable since he will be playing for South Korea at the Asian Games.

–          Moussa Sissoko is still a doubt after suffering from a muscle injury.

–          Fulham’s Alfie Mawson and Andre Zambo Anguissa are both doubtful for Sunday’s tie due to injuries.

–          Mousa Dembele will transfer the Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Fulham: 3-4-2-1

Sergio Rico, Denis Odoi, Maxime Le Marchand, Tim Ream, Cyrus Christie, Calum Chambers, Jean Michael Seri, Joe Bryan, Andre Schurrle, Ryan Sessegnon, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Tottenham: 4-2-3-1

Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Fernando Llorente

KEY PLAYERS

Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon proved to be one of the best players for Fulham. He is even regarded as one of the longest-serving players in the team. With his agility, highly-rated defensive and ball-handling skills, he has been one of the best young players in Fulham, and quite possibly, in the Premier League.

Tottenham

Dele Alli’s brilliance proved to be one of the key to success of Tottenham Hotspur. He is one of the best in his position and has become one of the most important players for the Spurs especially this season. His physicality alone radiates intimidation and has proven to be a threat for their opponents.

MATCH PREDICTION

Fulham v Tottenham: 0-1

Fulham are in a very rough position at the moment and they cannot afford any more failures if they want to avoid relegation. Unfortunately for them, they will be facing a tough challenge in the likes of Tottenham Hotspur. Even though Fulham already made management changes, Claudio Rainier seemed to be struggling to guide his team to victories. The Cottagers are just five points above the safety line after back-to-back defeats to both Arsenal and Burnley. They were also dropped from the FA Cup after failing to secure a win against lower-division side Oldham Athletic. Tottenham, on the other hand, still have the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to rely on.

MATCH BETTING ODDS*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMJ

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