There is yet another London derby to look forward to on Sunday and there looks a good chance of an upset when Fulham and Tottenham clash at Craven Cottage.
Two weeks ago this would have looked like a routine away win for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, but circumstances have changed….and in the home team’s favour.
A defeat against Manchester United last week was only half the problem for Spurs as their list of absentees was extended dramatically.
Pochettino was already resigned to losing the in-form Son Heung-min to the Asian Cup, but is now missing two other key players.
Moussa Sissoko has been ruled out for at least two weeks with a groin problem, but the ultimate set-back was losing top scorer Harry Kane. The England striker, who has scored 14 of Spurs’ 46 league goals this term, is now facing around six weeks on the sidelines.
When considering that Lucas Moura is also still struggling with a knee injury, attacking options are very thin on the ground for the visitors.
It means that Fernando Llorente looks set to be given the task to replace Kane at the Cottage, with the Spaniard’s last Premier League goal coming back in January 2018.
Even with those injury problems, Fulham’s recent form might make some think twice about edging towards the home side. Claudio Ranieri’s side have lost their last three games in all competitions, but their home form does at least look like a real value prospect.
Since the veteran Italian took charge at Fulham, the Cottagers have lost just one of their five home league encounters and they have conceded just one goal in their last two home matches.
They have lost their last four meetings with Tottenham, however, including a 3-1 defeat at Wembley in August – although it took two goals in the last 15 minutes to see off the Cottagers.