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Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Premier League 2018-19

Varun Nair
ANALYST
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450   //    19 Jan 2019, 01:15 IST

Can Tottenham Hotspur cope with the injury to their Talisman?
Can Tottenham Hotspur cope with the injury to their Talisman?

After losing to Manchester United at home last week, Tottenham Hotspur will make the short travel to the West of London on Saturday to face relegation-threatened Fulham at the Craven Cottage in a London Derby.

The Cottagers have been very poor this season with just 14 points from their 22 league matches. They are languishing in the 19th position in the league. The weekend defeat to fellow relegation side Burnley further dented the chances for the London side. A point at home to a Tottenham side without the attacking threat of Harry Kane and Heung Min Son will be very valuable.

The Lilywhites will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat to Manchester United last weekend with a win over their London rivals. A loss though will almost surely mean the end of the title challenge for the London side with Liverpool already 9 points ahead of them.

The last meeting between the two teams ended with Tottenham scoring 3 at home in a 3-1 victory in Wembley.

Here is the team news and the predicted XI


Team News

Fulham

Babel returns to the Premier League after almost 12 years since leaving Liverpool
Babel returns to the Premier League after almost 12 years since leaving Liverpool

Claudio Ranieri will be able to call upon the services of former Liverpool man Ryan Babel after the Dutch winger completed his loan move from Besiktas earlier in the week.

Defender Alfie Mawson still remains ruled out after picking up an injury in December.

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Tottenham Hotspur

With both the stars absent against Fulham, the onus will be upon the likes of Alli, Eriksen and Lamela to fill up the void until they return
With both the stars absent against Fulham, the onus will be upon the likes of Alli, Eriksen and Lamela to fill up the void until they return

Mauricio Pochettino has a huge crisis up front with Harry Kane ruled out with injury while Heung Min Son is absent on international duty. Lucas Moura is also not yet ready to start with the Brazilian still recovering from his knee injury.

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko is also out with injury while Eric Dier is expected to involved after returning to training.


Probable Lineup

Fulham (3-4-3): Rico; Ream, Le Marchand, Odoi; Christie, Chambers, Seri, Bryan; Sessegnon, Mitrovic, Schurrle

Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-2-1): Lloris; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez; Rose, Eriksen, Winks, Trippier; Lamela, Alli; Llorente

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