Fulham v/s Tottenham

Andre Villas Boas and his Tottenham Hotspur side take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, looking to secure their second successive win in the Premier League as they maintain their push for a fourth place finish, for which, they are fighting with their arch rivals from North London Arsenal. Spurs currently lie in fifth position in the Premier League after their 2-1 win over Liverpool at home in midweek and the Portuguese manager knows that a victory against their London rivals will take them closer to West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, who currently occupy the last two UEFA Champions League places.

Both Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion have 26 points from 14 games while Spurs are a further three points behind on 23. Breathing down their neck is Everton on 22 points and Arsenal on 21 points respectively. And with Everton taking on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium and Arsenal hosting a potential banana skin in the form of Swansea City at home, Spurs can a further step towards qualifying for Europe’s elite tournament with a win over Fulham and extend their lead in front of those teams.

Spurs have been linked with plenty of players over the last couple of weeks and according to manager Villas Boas, he just needs two or three new players in January to get the best out of the team at his disposal. With Moussa Dembele making his playing comeback in the Spurs side, Villas Boas now has plenty of attacking options at his disposal and furthermore, the form that striker Jermain Defoe has hit over the last couple of weeks are sure to bring a smile on the face of the young manager.

It was just last week that Villas Boas compared the England international with Colombian hotshot Radamel Falcao and for a shrewd manager as the young Portuguese, it was a card well played as it will definitely inspire the 29 year old to perform ever better. With strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor linking up well with him, there are always chances that Spurs will score. Add to that the fact that Welsh winger Gareth Bale is in the form of his life, Spurs are more and more looking like a threat credible enough to upset the likes of the Manchester giants more than Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool at the moment and it is expected they will put Fulham to the sword on Saturday.

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