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Spurs v Fulham
League leaders Spurs look to maintain their unbeaten start as they host Fulham in a London derby on Monday night. Spurs are yet to drop a point at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season, with Fulham winless in all four of their Premier League London derbies thus far.
With Spurs rocking that first-place swagger, they will certainly fancy their chances to secure another three points here at the expense of the Cottagers, but after a scrappy 1-0 win against Luton just before the international break, there could be something lurking beneath the surface.
Marco Silva’s side have had a mixed start to this year’s campaign, sitting in 12th place after a convincing 3-1 win against Sheffield United a couple weeks ago. There’s no hiding from the obvious concerns that is Fulham’s attacking presence, having only scored 8 goals in 8 games, three of which coming in that single victory. Having knocked out Spurs in the Carabao Cup earlier on in the season, they’ll be hopeful to replicate those efforts to steal a victory from a London side for the first time this season.
We’re on the lookout for fouls, corners and goals, all of which will be covered in this article using the Spurs v Fulham Cheat Sheet. The standout stats will then be pulled from this Cheat Sheet and analysed with a betting angle. You don’t want to miss out…
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Without further ado, let’s get stuck into the breakdown.
Back-to-back awards for Ange-ball
Ange Postecoglou’s rebranding of a Spurs side post-Harry Kane has so far gone exceptionally well. Perching at the top of the Premier League, an unbeaten record and recently securing the first ever back-to-back manager of the month awards – there’s been nothing but joy since his arrival from Celtic.
Spurs have boasted a flawless home record, fending off both Manchester United and Liverpool, so it’s hard to see Fulham putting Spurs to the sword on Monday night. With these victories inspired by the flourishing form of both James Maddison and Heung-min Son, the odds are for them to be heavily involved in this clash.
Spurs have racked up the fourth-highest xG in the league, totalling 17.59, a fairly representative figure considering they’ve scored 18 goals so far this season. The new Spurs skipper, Heung-min Son is at the head of this charge, having scored six goals in his last five Premier League appearances. James Maddison registered his fifth assist of the season in his side’s 1-0 win at Luton, making him tied top for Premier League assists with Pedro Neto and Kieran Trippier. What a season he’s having so far.
The suspension of Yves Bissouma will prove an interesting challenge for this Spurs side after the Malian saw a second yellow for dissent at Kenilworth Road. His work rate and box-to-box qualities have been key to the progressive play Spurs have boasted this season.
Goal trouble for the Cottagers
As mentioned, Fulham have shown difficulty with scoring goals this season, registering the fourth-lowest xG in the league with 9.75, only Nottingham Forest, Burnley, and Sheffield United have performed worse.
Considering these stats, Marco Silva will likely be optimistic about his side’s current position in 12th, sitting just above West London neighbours Chelsea – spending however many fewer millions in the process. But there is certainly still work to be done if they’re to pick up regular points this year.
To add to their worries, there are some injury doubts creeping in for the Cottagers. Issa Diop was substituted in their victory against Sheffield United after a ‘crack in his foot’ which we’re awaiting an update for. The defensive issues spread further with concerns on Kenny Tete’s condition after picking up a groin injury – the Spurs front line will be licking their lips.
Wherever this attacking inspiration is going to come from, it can’t be out of the blocks too slowly on Monday night, or this tie might be too far gone before they can click into gear.
🎯 Tottenham offensive stats: Son to shine again
It would be hard to write about the Spurs frontline without mentioning their biggest goal threat Heung-min Son. The Spurs skipper is tied for second top goalscorer, level with Newcastle man Alexander Isak with 6 goals.
Since being moved over from the wing into that number 9 role, he’s flourished, showing reminisce of his incredible form of 2 years ago when he finished tied first for Premier League top goalscorer. Heung-min Son has recorded 23 shots this year, averaging 3.31 shots on goal per 90, with 1.58 hitting the target. Up against a notoriously weak defence on Monday, it’s likely he’ll get the space to replicate that danger and test Bernd Leno. Son is priced at 1.83 to have 2+ shots on target, but his price to score at 2.0 also looks very tasty.
His dynamic duo partner James Maddison has also been on goal watch. Hitting the target on an average of 1.75 times per 90 minutes, the best numbers in this Spurs squad, he could be guilty of trying his luck again in this home fixture. These attempts are coming from an average of 20.8 yards, and with Spurs likely to dominate possession on Monday night, finding that kind of space again around the penalty area is very likely.
🎯 Fulham offensive stats: Willian the key for Fulham
There are few gems amidst the struggling Fulham attacking frontline but Willian has been showing little glimpses of promise in this side. The Brazilian’s form may be far from his Chelsea days but his willingness to take on players has not changed. Attempting 19 takeons, with 7 being successful, he is definitely a strong source of attack prowess for Marco Silva’s side.
With his first goal in white and black coming in their 3-1 win against Sheffield United, Willian’s efforts have finally been rewarded. He is averaging 2.22 shots per 90, which is promising numbers for a team that has only registered 86 shots so far this season, the fourth worst in the league. Willian also boasts a 54.5% shot on target rate so expect the danger to be coming through the Brazilian.
If you’re looking for an odds booster in your bet builders, Willian to have 1+ shot on target is priced at 2.3, a safer angle might be to have 2 efforts on goal priced at 1.91. Willain is also one of the players on direct freekicks which makes this a little more appetising.
Fulham have also proved a love for corners this season, averaging a respectable 5.25 corners per game, with 75% of their fixtures seeing 9 or more corners. Partnered up with Spurs conceding 5.63 corners per game, there could be strong value in a corner bet selection here for Fulham. Spurs fixtures are seeing a lot of corners, 12.25 per game, fairly balanced between taking and conceding them. There is definitely some value at 1.75 for Fulham to take over 3.5 corners.
🛑 Tottenham defensive stats: No subtle fouls in North London
Spurs remain the worst disciplinary record in the league with 27 yellow cards across a whopping 16 different offenders. Granted, 6 of these were accumulated by Yves Bissouma, who is now facing suspension because of this trigger-happy behaviour. Not because of picking up too many yellows, but rather his double booking against Luton, which in fact supersedes his first booking, meaning his return will once again leave him one yellow away from suspension… crazy!
Aside from the Malian, the key offender to look at would be Destiny Udogie. The Italian has had an amazing start to his career at Spurs since his move from Udinese in the summer, earning him his first senior call-up to the Italian national team. He is Spurs’ key fouler doing the dirty work at the back accumulating 2.27 fouls per game and picking up 3 yellows so far, a fortunate tally. Udogie also draws in an average of 1.60 fouls per game so his involvement is often near the place of fouls. Udogie to make 1+ fouls is priced generously at 1.20, and perhaps a card selection could be tasty at 4.5.
🛑 Fulham defensive stats: A scrappy midfield battle in store
The Cottagers are likely to be sparse in possession on Monday night, and with a Spurs midfield and attack filled with quick-foot flair, there is a big opportunity for fouls in these battles. Some key offenders include Antonee Robinson and Joao Palhinha who often seem attracted to these scraps for possession.
Antonee Robinson, known for his subtle and conservative approach to fouling, has received just one yellow card out of 9 fouls this season. However, facing Dejan Kulusevski, who has successfully completed 13 take-ons out of 33 attempts this year, there’s a possibility that Robinson might find himself in tricky situations that could lead to more fouls. With an average of 1.29 fouls and 1.86 interceptions per 90 minutes, there’s a clear chance he may fall into the same pattern again.
Another key player to watch is Joao Palhinha, renowned for his physicality and dominant presence in midfield, which sometimes results in disciplinary issues. He shares the top spot for the most yellow cards in the Fulham team with Tim Ream, both having received three yellow cards. In this match, Fulham might need to endure sustained pressure and display patience, which could undo Palhinha.
He excels in winning the ball back with impressive stats, including 1.89 interceptions and 2.08 successful tackles per 90 minutes, but his average of 1.32 fouls indicates a tendency to commit to challenges, and we should anticipate him overcommitting on a few occasions this week.
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