Fulham v Tottenham Preview Sunday Nov. 6th

by Punter's Hero on November 6, 2011

in Football, Latest News

Fulham will be hosting fellow Londoners Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on Nov. 6th in another local derby in the English Premier League. Spurs were one of the hottest teams in Europe over the past month going 11 games without a loss, but were beaten in their last game on Thursday in Russia 1-0 by Rubin Kazan in Europa League action. Fulham fared much better in the same competition with a 4-1 home victory over Wisla Krakow.

Spurs have been pretty impressive ever since losing their season opener against Manchester City though and are in fifth place in the English Premier League table league. They have a total of 19 points from six wins, a draw and two losses and have a game in hand on all other EPL teams except Everton. Their last league game was a 3-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers last Sunday.

Newcomer Scott Parker has been playing well in the midfield as has new striker Emmanuel Adebayor. They’re surrounded by some fine players in Luca Modric, Aaaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart, and Jermain Defoe. Having Brad Friedel take over in goal has also helped this year as the club has seven clean sheets this season already.

Fulham is another one of the EPL’s mediocre teams with a mediocre manager in Martin Jol, who used to manage Spurs. They sit in 15th place in the table with just 10 points from two wins, four draws and four losses. It’s usually not that easy to win at Craven Cottage though, but Everton managed to do it two weeks ago by beating Fulham 3-1 in the last league game there and Fulham has won just once at home this season. They managed a 1-0 road win over Wigan last week to balance things out.

Spurs have done well on the road this season with wins over Wigan, Blackburn, and Wolves. The London side could have defender William Gallas in the lineup for his first league game this season if his calf injury has healed. He played in the loss to Rubin Kazan and appeared to have had no problems getting through the game. Modric is suffering from a minor groin injury, but should play while striker Roman Pavlyuchenko will be a game-time decision.

However, they will be missing Michael Dawson, Niko Kranjcar, and Tom Huddlestone with injuries. Giovani dos Santos, Vedran Corluka, Steven Pienaar, and Danny Rose are also going to be game-time decisions. Manager Harry Redknapp is recovering from surgery and will be leaving the team in the hands of Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.

Fulham should have Philippe Senderos in the squad, but Simon Davies is out with an injury. Aaron Hughes will be a game-time decision.

Spurs have beaten Fulham three times in a row in the league and based on recent form should be able to make it four in a row with a one or two-goal win at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds Fulham winning listed at 1/4 with a Spurs victory at 13/10 and the game ending in a draw at 11/5.

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