Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to move back to the top of the Premier League table when they play host to Fulham on Monday evening.
Tottenham to win - 1/2
With Harry Kane sold in the summer and Ange Postecoglou brought in as the new manager, it’s fair to say Spurs supporters were slightly apprehensive heading into the 2023/24 campaign.
However, they could not have hoped for a better start to the season, with six victories and two draws putting them in the early title conversation.
Tottenham’s only dropped points have come away from home in draws at Brentford and Arsenal, but coming away from those encounters with a share of the spoils were positive results and there is a real confidence flowing through the squad.
Spurs are a perfect three-from-three at home, beating Manchester United, Sheffield United and Liverpool, so a visit from Fulham should hold no fears.
The Cottagers may have only lost one of their last five games across all competitions, but four of those fixtures have been at Craven Cottage and the sole away match ended in a draw at Crystal Palace.
Since beating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park on 12th August, Fulham have failed to triumph on their next three road outings - drawing 2-2 at Arsenal, losing 5-1 at Manchester City and then sharing the spoils against the Eagles.
The Cottagers have a dreadful record against Spurs which has seen them win just one of the last 17 league meetings, and it looks like a tough order for them to avoid defeat on Monday.
Heung-Min Son to score anytime - 11/10
With Kane departing for Bayern Munich in the summer, the pressure was on someone else in the squad to take over the goalscoring burden and lead the team forward.
Arise captain Heung-Min Son, who is his side’s leading scorer in the league with six goals to put him in the early Golden Boot picture.
The South Korea international has been a driving force and he has had 23 attempts in the league this season, leaving him joint-top of his club’s standings alongside James Maddison.
Fulham are also without a clean sheet in their last three games across all competitions and this looks like prime time for Son to add to his tally.
Joao Palhinha to be booked - 6/4
The visitors are expected to be on the back foot for large periods of this fixture and that is likely to mean more tackles will be flying in as they attempt to keep Spurs at bay.
One player who doesn’t mind sticking his foot in is midfielder Joao Palhinha, who nearly left the club in the summer only for a late move to Bayern Munich to break down.
The 28-year-old leads the Cottagers’ standings in yellow cards (3) and tackles (28), while he also features prominently in the fouls category with seven to his name.
Yves Bissouma is suspended after the red card picked up at Luton Town before the international break, while Rodrigo Bentancur, Manor Solomon, Ivan Perisic and Ryan Sessegnon are all unavailable due to injury.
A late call will be made on Brennan Johnson, who has been suffering with a hamstring issue.
Tosin Adarabioyo, Adama Traore, Issa Diop and Kenny Tete are all sidelined due to injury for the Cottagers.
Tottenham are one of two teams - along with Arsenal - who are still unbeaten in the Premier League this season, having won six and drawn two of their eight assignments.
Another win for Postecoglou will see him set a record of 23 points earned from his first nine Premier League fixtures, surpassing Guus Hiddink and Mike Walker.
Fulham's solitary league win against Tottenham in the past 17 attempts came at White Hart Lane in March 2013 when they won 1-0. The Cottagers have failed to score more than once in any of those fixtures.
Marco Silva is yet to pick up a victory in seven attempts against Tottenham, drawing three and losing four.
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