Leaders Tottenham look to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League as they host Fulham in a London derby on Monday night.
Ange Postecoglou’s men have yet to drop a single point at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season, whereas the Cottagers are winless in all four of their London derbies in the Premier League.
Here’s all you need to know about the Monday night fixture.
Tottenham vs Fulham – Premier League Match Preview:
Spurs’ new manager Ange Postecoglou has taken the Premier League by storm with a high-intensity, exciting style of football, but we saw a different side to the Lilywhites when they travelled to Kenilworth Road to face newcomers Luton Town last time out.
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 13, 2023
After Yves Bissouma received a second yellow card for diving on the stroke of half-time, Spurs’ backs were against the wall, but the north Londoners scraped a 1-0 win courtesy of Micky van de Ven’s 52nd-minute strike.
Previously, it had taken until the 96th minute for Spurs to find a winner against nine-man Liverpool, when Pedro Porro’s cross was turned in by Reds defender Joel Matip for an own goal which snatched all three points.
Spurs come into the derby without Bissouma, who sits out a one-game suspension, while winger Brennan Johnson will be assessed. Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon, Manor Solomon and Ivan Perisic all remain out long-term.
Marco Silva’s side come into the fixture sat comfortably in 12th place, following a convincing 3-1 win at home to struggling Sheffield United which consolidated their place in mid-table.
Having squandered chances in the first half, Bobby Decordova-Reid opened the scoring, but Fulham were pegged back by an Antonee Robinson own goal. Sheffield United then had some misfortune of their own, as a Tom Cairney strike rattled the crossbar, hit the back of keeper Wes Foderingham and found the back of the net. Former Chelsea star Willian scored late on to wrap up all three points.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) October 12, 2023
The Cottagers are yet to beat a fellow London-based side in the Premier League this season, having twice tasted defeat and drawn two derbies. However, Fulham did defeat this weekend’s opponents in the EFL Cup in August.
Fulham in London derbies, Premier League 2023/24
- FULHAM 0-2 Chelsea
- Crystal Palace 0-0 FULHAM
- Arsenal 2-2 FULHAM
- FULHAM 0-3 Brentford
The Cottagers could be without defender Issa Diop, who picked up a knock against Sheffield United, as well as right-back Kenny Tete. Adama Traore picked up a hamstring problem during a behind-closed-doors friendly during the international break.
Fulham (P) 1-1 Tottenham, EFL Cup, August 29th 2023
We only have to go to the start of this season to find the latest meeting between the sides, as the two Premier League clubs faced off in the second round of the EFL Cup.
Micky van de Ven’s own goal gave the hosts an early lead after 19 minutes, before Richarlison scored his first goal of the season by heading home an Ivan Perisic cross to send the game to penalties.
Both sides scored their opening two spot kicks, but Davinson Sanchez’s effort was saved by Marek Rodak in the Fulham goal. Both sides were flawless from the spot after that, and Kenny Tete’s penalty was dispatched to give Fulham the 5-3 shootout victory.
This handed Ange Postecoglou his first loss as Spurs boss, and nearly two months on it remains his only defeat since joining from Celtic in the summer.
Tottenham: Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Hojbjerg; Kulusevski, Maddison, Son, Richarlison.
Fulham: Leno; Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed, Pereira; Wilson, Jimenez, Willian.
Who is the referee?
Is Tottenham vs Fulham on television?
UK and Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event.
What time is kick off?
Monday 23rd October, 20:00 GMT.
Tottenham – 1/2
Draw – 7/2
Fulham – 5/1