May 17, 2024

Tottenham vs Fulham: The Quick Hits

  • The Opta supercomputer expects Tottenham’s flying start to 2023-24 to continue, with Spurs assigned a 51.8% chance of beating Fulham.
  • With a win, Ange Postecoglou would break the record for most points earned by a manager in their first nine Premier League games, held by Mike Walker and Guus Hiddink (22).
  • No player was involved in more open-play sequences ending in a shot than James Maddison (63) across the first eight matchdays of the Premier League season.

Match Preview

Having overseen Tottenham’s best start to a Premier League season by leading his new side to 20 points from eight games, Ange Postecoglou has the chance to make more history when Spurs round off Matchday 9 by hosting London rivals Fulham on Monday.

uo both earned 22 with Norwich City and Chelsea respectively.Another victory for the hosts would see Postecoglou break the record for the most points collected by a manager in their first nine Premier League matches, currently held by Mike Walker and Gus Hiddink, wh

Tottenham fans could have been forgiven for having flashbacks to ‘Spursy’ performances of yesteryear when they visited Luton Town on MD 8, with Richarlison and Pedro Porro spurning clear chances before Yves Bissouma received a second booking for simulation. However, Micky van de Ven converted James Maddison’s second-half cutback to hand Spurs a hard-fought victory.

Maddison’s assist was his fifth of the Premier League season, a tally only matched by Newcastle United’s Kieran Trippier and Wolves winger Pedro Neto going into MD 9. Ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, no Premier League player had been involved in more open-play sequences ending in a shot than Maddison’s 63 (22 shots, 15 open-play chances created, 26 build-up involvements).

Maddison also has four goal involvements in his last two league games against Fulham, scoring once and providing three assists while with Leicester City. Bissouma’s one-match ban means Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who reportedly rejected a move to Fulham on transfer deadline day, will likely join Maddison and Pape Matar Sarr in Spurs’ midfield.

Spurs have had to manage the workload of captain Son-Heung min, who has been battling a groin problem and was seen limping while representing South Korea during the international break. However, they are hopeful September’s Premier League Player of the Month will be available.

While ex-Fulham duo Ryan Sessegnon and Manor Solomon remain sidelined, Tottenham have few new selection issues. Postecoglou should have Cristian Romero available despite the defender being substituted during Argentina’s midweek win over Peru, while Brennan Johnson could be involved after recovering from a thigh injury.

Tottenham vs Fulham: Prediction and Preview

The 22-year-old’s return could make Monday’s clash between youth and experience even more stark. While Spurs have named starting lineups with the third-youngest average age in the Premier League this season (24 years, 345 days), Fulham’s have been the oldest (29 years, 183 days).

Fulham can lay claim to being the only team to get the better of Postecoglou’s Spurs, winning a penalty shoot-out to advance after the sides drew 1-1 at Craven Cottage in the EFL Cup in August.

In the Premier League, Marco Silva’s men have been solid if unspectacular, moving to 11 points with a 3-1 win over Sheffield United last time out. Bobby De Cordova-Reid put Fulham ahead before Antonee Robinson put through his own net to level things up, but Tom Cairney saw his looping effort deflect in off Wes Foderingham before Willian rounded off the scoring.

Though they managed to put the Blades to the sword, Fulham have struggled in the attacking department this season. Only Sheffield United (6.11), Burnley (6.58) and Nottingham Forest (7.8) created fewer expected goals (xG) than Fulham’s 8.79 across the first eight matchdays, with De Cordova-Reid their only player to score two goals.

Striker Raúl Jiménez was replaced by Carlos Vinícius last time out, with his Premier League goal drought currently standing at 22 games. However, the Mexican scored four goals in six league starts against Spurs for former club Wolves.

Silva is facing multiple selection issues in defence; though Kenny Tete could return after missing Fulham’s last four games, Tosin Adarabioyo is out and Issa Diop may join him on the sidelines after sustaining a foot injury against Sheffield United.

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