Fulham have the chance to move out of the relegation zone as Spurs visit Craven Cottage on Thursday night
Fulham have the chance to move out of the relegation zone on Thursday night, as they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Craven Cottage.
Scott Parker’s side have closed what was a ten-point gap to Newcastle very quickly over the last month, and will go above them on goal difference if they can stop Spurs, who have lost three of their last five league games, but are coming off the back of a 4-0 demolition of Burnley.
Jose Mourinho’s side were impressive in their performance against the Clarets, with Gareth Bale finally showing the kind of form hoped of him when he returned to London on loan from Real Madrid in the summer. Whether he’ll get another chance to start or not remains to be seen, but two goals and an assist suggest he’ll continue.
Spurs only have one definite absentee for the trip across London, with Giovani Lo Celso out with a thigh injury that has kept him sidelined for the last 11 games. The Argentinian is back in training, but needs another fortnight of training before returning to the squad.
Fulham also have an almost entire squad to choose from, with only second-choice goalkeeper Marek Rodak and midfielder Tom Cairney missing. Rodak has a finger injury sustained in training, while Cairney hasn’t played since December due to a knee problem.
If Parker can mastermind a win over Spurs, it would mark an almost unbelievable turnaround to their season, having looked dead and buried in December. With Newcastle’s injury worries and Fulham’s form, their task is starting to look entirely plausible if they can win this one.
On the other hand, if Spurs take maximum points, they can close the five-point gap to fifth, with fifth-placed Chelsea playing sixth-placed Liverpool later on Thursday.
Fulham take on Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on Thursday, March 4th. Kick-off is at 6pm.