Tottenham v Fulham: Narrow win for tired Spurs
It's a London derby at the national stadium as Tottenham take on Fulham and Dan Fitch expects Mauricio Pochettino's team to claim three points, but only just...
"Though both Tottenham and Fulham are attacking teams, the former have one of the best defences in the Premier League."
Tottenham [1.29] v Fulham [13.0]; The Draw [6.6]
Saturday August 18, 15:00
Pochettino has tired squad, with no new options
Spurs got off to a winning start to the season with a 2-1 win over Newcastle, but they rode their luck at times in a game in which Mauricio Pochettino's team was neither full-strength or fully-fit.
With Tottenham having more players than any other club involved during the final stages of the World Cup and failing to make any signings this summer, Pochettino's options are restricted.
Harry Kane looked far from fit against Newcastle, while Christian Eriksen was sluggish. The players that Pochettino brought into the team who have had a summer of rest, such as Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, gave performances which only served to underline that their presence weakens the side.
The error-prone Aurier could be replaced by Kieran Trippier, or the youngster Kyle Walker-Peters. Sissoko is likelier to retain his slot though, with Harry Winks having only just returned to first-team training and the fitness of Mousa Dembele a constant issue these days.
Heung-Min Son will be unavailable to Pochettino, with the South Korean forward currently on international duty at the Asian Games. That should mean that Lucas Moura gets another start, after a pre-season that suggested that the Brazilian could be a useful player for Spurs.
Fulham find it tough at the top
Fulham's return to the Premier League saw them lose at home to Crystal Palace, in a match which demonstrated how difficult life can be in the top flight.
Despite Slavisa Jokanovic's side playing some very bright football in which they dominated the possession and had 14 shots at goal, Palace proved themselves to be more clinical. The 2-0 defeat showed how important it is to convert chances at this level and though Fulham clearly have plenty of attacking talent, it remains debatable as to whether they have a player who can score regularly in the Premier League.
Ryan Sessegnon was their top scorer in the Championship last season with 15 goals, but at just 18-years of age, it will be an achievement if he can merely break into double figures again. Aleksandar Mitrovic contributed twelve goals after arriving on loan from Newcastle in January, yet has only scored ten goals in 40 Premier League appearances.
Jokanovic will be without the injured Alfie Mawson and the suspended Denis Odoi for the short trip to Wembley. Tim Ream is also expected to be absent, after missing the season opener with injury.
Spurs should claim second win of season
Tottenham are the [1.29] favourites, with the draw at [6.6] and Fulham out at [13.0].
The price is a little short for a Spurs win given their troubles against Newcastle last Saturday, but there's no reason to think that they shouldn't claim victory. With an extra week at the training ground they should be fitter and not fade in the second-half, as they did in the Newcastle match.
Tottenham are [1.87] to win half-time/full-time for the second time in seven days. Another option at a slightly bigger price, is the [2.1] for Spurs to win to nil against a Fulham side that were wasteful in their match against Crystal Palace.
Low scoring match is value price
Over 2.5 goals is the big favourite at [1.58], with unders at [2.62].
The price for less than three goals represents good value. Though both Tottenham and Fulham are attacking teams, the former have one of the best defences in the Premier League. With Spurs lacking the firepower of Son and with Kane not yet fully fit, under 2.5 goals could well land.
Same Game Multi pick
A double of a Tottenham win and under 2.5 goals pays out at [3.8] can be backed on the Sportsbook, using the Same Game Multi option that allows punter to combine multiple bets from within the same match.
Alli can add to tally
Kane is the favourite to find the net at [1.57] which is a low price considering the striker is far from his sharpest and has never scored a goal in August.
A better bet is to back Kane's England colleague Dele Alli. The midfielder scored a great goal against Newcastle when he drifted in from the left to head home and can be backed at [3.0] to find the net again.
Dan Fitch 2018/19 Season P/L
Staked: 17.00 pts
Returned: 23.99 pts
P/L: +6.99 pts
Back Spurs to win to nil at [2.1]
Back under 2.5 goals at [2.62]
Back Alli to score at [3.0]