Fulham v Tottenham Betting Preview

Redknapp's belief that Spurs are genuine title contenders may be slowly ebbing away they are certainly capable of another top-four finish and if they need to prioritise then the FA Cup may not be at the top of their list.

Tottenham make the short trip to Fulham this Sunday looking for a return to winning ways in the FA Cup fourth round's only London derby.

Spurs will be without winger Gareth Bale due to the back injury that forced him off against Newcastle last weekend.

"He's been to see a specialist and it shouldn't be too long, a bit of work on it and he should be okay," said manager Harry Redknapp.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Heurelho Gomes and Wilson Palacios should all return from injury but Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Tom Huddlestone remain unavailable.

Fulham are without their own long-term absentees Philippe Senderos and Bobby Zamora while Mark Schwarzer is still on international duty. Loan-signing Gael Kakuta is ineligible but Steve Sidwell could be involved.

Is Redknapp Craven Cup Glory?

Tottenham have beaten Fulham twice already this season, both by the odd goal. But the danger for those thinking of betting on a third Tottenham win is that priorities may lie elsewhere for Spurs this season.

The first leg of their mouthwatering Champions League tie against AC Milan is just a fortnight away and before that they have three Premier League games to negotiate. Although Redknapp's belief that Spurs are genuine title contenders may be slowly ebbing away they are certainly capable of another top-four finish and if they need to prioritise then the FA Cup may not be at the top of their list.

A Fulham side that have won their last three, whilst scoring 11, at Craven Cottage are well placed to take advantage if Spurs are anything less than 100 per cent. And at betting odds of 21/10 there are likely to be plenty who are tempted into backing the home side here.

Role Reversal

There was a time this season when games involving Spurs were like a gift from the gods for goals punters. They found it impossible to keep a clean sheet throughout the first half of the campaign and while scoring for fun at the other end. That was until the turn of the year.

Tottenham have now kept four clean sheets in their last six games in all competitions whilst the goals for ratio has reduced to a meagre 1.33 per game in the same period.

Fulham, never the most prolific of goal scorers, have picked up slightly in the same period but this one has all the hallmarks of a low scoring affair. The last seven meetings between the two clubs have produced an average of just 1.42 goals per game including three 0-0 draws.

With under 2.5 goals available to back at around the even money mark the statistics suggest that betting on a low scoring affair is the sensible option.

The games are coming thick and fast for Spurs and now is the time that the true strength and depth of their squad will be fully tested. Perhaps only one cup run alongside a successful league campaign is possible and there can be little doubt that they'd prefer a win over Milan than victory here.

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 28/01/2011 - 16:41 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Southampton, Tottenham

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