Fulham vs Tottenham Preview & EPL Game Betting Tips: Rampant THFC?

James MaddisonThis weekend’s Saturday evening clash in the Premier League sees Fulham take on Tottenham at Craven Cottage (5.30pm). The hosts will be looking to bounce back after losing on the road last time out, while the visitors will be searching for another convincing away win after trouncing Aston Villa last time out. Read on for our full FFC vs THFC preview with betting tips

After securing back-to-back wins, beating Manchester United away from home, and Brighton on home soil, the Cottagers went to Molineux last weekend in good form. Though that couldn’t act as a springboard for further success, as they came unstuck against an injury-stricken Wolves team, losing 2-1. Marco Silva’s men will now be hoping that a return to Craven Cottage, where they have won two or their last three, allows them to bounce back.

Saturday’s visitors, Spurs, also recently came up short against Wolves, losing 1-2 on home soil. They have since bounced back in rather resounding fashion, first beating Crystal Palace at home thanks to a late attacking flurry, before battering Aston Villa on the road last time out, again turning it on in the second half. Ange Postecoglou will now be looking for his team to keep going as they close in on the top four.

Fulham patchy at home but can pack a punch

Overall, the Cottagers have struggled for consistency on their own patch, but when they have got it right, Marco Silva’s men have certainly packed a punch, even against the best teams. On New Year’s Day, they got the better of Arsenal, while they have since secured a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the cup and beaten Brighton in quite convincing fashion. They have lost to Villa, drawn against Everton and lost to Newcastle (in the FA Cup), but it’s certainly fair to say that the hosts are not a team to underestimate at Craven Cottage.

Against teams willing to come forward and have a go, the hosts have often looked dangerous, which for them, bodes well, as we know that the visitors will go to Craven Cottage and attack. Such an approach failed both Brighton and Arsenal, so how will Spurs fare?

Goals, goals and more goals

Postecoglou’s attack-minded Spurs reminded everyone what they are made of at Villa Park last weekend. At what can only be described as a tough place to go to, they made light work of tearing through a usually strong Villa backline, scoring three or more for the second game in quick succession.

Saturday’s visitors have rarely had a problem scoring goals this season. They have scored at least once in every single league game, scoring two or more in 21 out of 27 games. Such a record is impressive, as is their scoring record on the road. Only Premier League leaders Arsenal have scored more away goals than Tottenham in the EPL this season, which should worry the hosts, who are not exactly clean-sheet specialists.

Spurs on top

This fixture, in recent times at least, has typically gone the way of Saturday’s visitors, who’ve won nine of the last five renewals. They have not lost against Fulham since 2013. What’s more, Fulham are without a home win against Spurs since 2011. The visitors have won each of their last seven league games at Craven Cottage. Will we see more of the same here?

Visitors to have too much in the locker

The hosts, Fulham, will likely fancy themselves to get something from this game, but do they really have the final-third quality to go toe-to-toe with Spurs and get something? If the visitors are in the same mood that they were at Villa Park, then the answer to that question is almost certainly not.

FFC have picked up some good results at home, but if we’re honest, they were probably fortunate to record the result that they did against Brighton. We saw last weekend that they can easily come up short at both ends of the pitch, which doesn’t exactly bode well ahead of a game against a Spurs side that looked in rampant mood last time out.

Away from home in general, Spurs have been relatively good this season, but their record away against teams currently residing in the bottom half is hard to ignore. They have lost none out of seven such games, winning five of those. Away against current bottom-half sides, the Lilywhites have scored an average of 2.00 goals per game, conceding an average of just 1.00. Such stats don’t look great for Saturday’s hosts.

Let’s also consider what happened when the teams met earlier in the campaign. On that occasion, it was a rather straightforward 2-0 win for Spurs, as with the likes of James Maddison and Heung-min Son in their forward line, they simply had too much final-third quality.

Fulham are no mugs and this may not be a walk in the park for the visitors, but when push comes to shove, they look the better team at both ends of the pitch right now. Their recent record at Craven Cottage, combined with their away record against bottom-half teams this term, points towards them getting the job done. At odds of 21/20 it is worth betting that the visitors record a third straight league win. So the one betting tip for this FFC vs THFC preview is: