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EPL: Tottenham vs Fulham FC

Tottenham vs Fulham

Tottenham is facing the opportunity to return to the top 4 leading Premier League this season when coach Jose Mourinho's upcoming opponent, Fulham, is not appreciated compared to them.

Leading against Wolves from Tanguy Ndombele's very early sale in the first minute of the match, but with Tottenham they could not preserve the result until the end of the match. Indeed, because the 86-minute loss against the home team Wolves, coach Mourinho and his teachers could only get 1 point on their trip to Molineux.

Having only one last draw with Tottenham is really regrettable when they miss an appointment in the top 4 this season when they are still less than Manchester United ranked directly above with 1 point less. However, Mourinho's army has played more than one round and the battle for position in the leading group will be more difficult for them in the future. In his 16th round, Tottenham only welcomed Fulham - a rival from London. With practical ability and prized strength, along with favorable home factors, this will obviously be an opportunity for the "rooster" to find his joy of victory.

On the other side of the pitch, Fulham just had a commendable draw with them when the last round, teachers and coaches Scott Parker, had a draw against Southampton. This is also the 4th consecutive draw that Fulham has had in recent times, helping them stick to the relegation group this season with 2 points currently available.

There are not bad results in the past few years, but with Fulham, they still have a lot of concerns this season because these results can not help them escape the relegation zone. The performance of coach Scott Parker from the beginning of the season is only 2 wins while their defeat number has received up to 8 rounds since the beginning of the season so far. In the next round, coach Scott Parker's army had a trip to Tottenham, which was predicted to be more or less good when their abilities were still underestimated by their opponents. Not to mention in the past, Fulham also lost 8/10 encounters against Tottenham, while only 2 wins. Therefore, it is not too surprising if teachers and coach Scott Parker continue to empty their hands in the upcoming trip away from home.

At the end of November and the beginning of December, Tottenham had 3 consecutive matches with representatives of the Big Six, Man City, Chelsea, and Arsenal respectively. These three matches, Spurs are unbeaten, winning 7/9 absolute points and not conceding any time. That achievement helped teachers and students Jose Mourinho climb to the top of the Premier League chart. And they are considered candidates for the Premier League championship.

Indeed, Spurs was then described as a team imbued with the philosophy and practical play of Mourinho's forte. They defeated Man City 2-0 with just 2 shots on target. After that, they also won Arsenal 2-0, although the second half did not release a shot, and the ball control rate was only 23%. That is not to mention Tottenham also made the attackers with many explosive points of Chelsea suffer a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. Witnessing Spurs' performance at that time, experts commented that Mourinho created a machine in his pragmatic style.

But the deeper into the season, the problems in the new Tottenham machine gradually revealed. The last 4 consecutive rounds, they both did not win. It all started with a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace and the latest was a 1-1 draw with Wolves. In both of these matches, Spurs were the team that opened the scoring very early, then had a long time to double the gap, but they did not do it, and finally let the opponent remove the table at the last minutes of the game. 

These undesirable consecutive stumbles have indicated Tottenham's weaknesses. The first is about force depth. Mourinho does not have a strong enough force, with many quality choices on the bench like Pep Guardiola or Juergen Klopp. This led to Mourinho having to use a team continuously from game to game and as a result, the pillars dropped to the end of the game. Remember, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg played without a minute in the Premier League 2020/21, even though he kicked in a position that consumed a lot of strength. Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min also constantly had to plow. It is no coincidence that Tottenham lost 9 points from the goals in the last 10 minutes of the match. 

The next problem is the gameplay seems to have been carded. In the sublimation phase, Spurs is a great counter-attacking team thanks to Son - Kane's cooperation. The fact that Kane often recedes deeply also creates surprise for opponents. But now Premier League clubs have begun to adapt to this style of play. For example, in Tottenham's 0-2 defeat to Leicester, coach Brendan Rodgers sent defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to accompany Kane. That match, Ndidi had 18 successful ball recoveries and constantly broke Spurs' counterattack. Being caught playing cards makes Tottenham no longer have as many sharp counter-attacks as before. In short, this is a difficult period for Mourinho and his students. 

However, saying so does not mean that Spurs will not have a chance to win tonight. In contrast the other behind. Fortunately for Tottenham, at this moment they met Fulham. The neighboring team in London is playing badly when ranked 18th in the rankings. Fulham has been working hard recently, having been unbeaten in the last 4 matches. However, basically Fulham's play is easy to catch if Tottenham block the detonator Ademola Lookman. 

In addition, it is also important to know that Fulham is a familiar bait for Tottenham. Proof is the last 13 encounters, Spurs have won 11 wins. Mourinho's teachers and students are likely to have a victory to return to orbit. 

Tottenham are attacking worse Tottenham's attacking
ability is being dulled. The evidence is that from November 22 to now, their expected number of goals in the Premier League is only 4.42. Last 7 rounds, they only scored 7 goals. During this time, Spurs' expected number of goals is the second worst in the Premier League, just above West Brom (3). The dependence on the Kane - Son couple is increasingly apparent. When these two stars were caught dead, Tottenham was extremely lacking in ideas to attack.

Surrounding information

- Tottenham: Without Lo Celso (injury). 
- Fulham: Has the strongest squad. 
- Tottenham won 11, lost the last 8/20 matches according to Asian markets. 
- The last 16/20 of Tottenham's matches have at least 1 goal in the first half. 
- Fulham won 9, lost the last 9/20 matches according to Asian markets. 
- The last 14/20 Fulham matches have at least 1 goal in the first half. 


Total goals is an even number of
the last 10/11 Tottenham matches with an even number of goals. All of Fulham's last 5 matches have a similar scenario. This match is possible. 

Notable statistics
- Fulham have drawn in the last 4 Premier League games.

- Tottenham has won 8 of the last 9 matches against Fulham in all competitions.

- There are more than 2 goals scored in the last 5 matches between Tottenham and Fulham in all competitions.

- There are less than 2 goals scored in the last 5 matches of Fulham in the Premier League.