Fulham could not be in any better frame of mind as they enter the Christmas period having won five of their last six matches at Craven Cottage, including last weekend’s emphatic victory over champions Manchester United. Striker Bobby Zamora will be looking to score for the fourth game running a Tottenham side bidding to boost their hopes of mounting a serious challenge for a top-four place.

Quick Check


  • Midfielder Simon Davies is hopeful of featuring after a calf problem.
  • Striker Andy Johnson has an outside chance of being involved for the first time since October.
  • Fulham took four points out of six off Tottenham last season.
  • Striker Bobby Zamora has scored in his last three games and five goals in four in all competitions.
  • Fulham have lost just one of their last 11league games.
  • Roy Hodgson’s side has taken 16 points out of 18 from their last five six fixtures.
  • Diomansy Kamara is still doubtful as he battles to recover from knee surgery.

Tottenham Hotspurs

  • Striker Robbie Keane has scored four goals in his last three games for Spurs against Fulham.
  • Tottenham kept only their second clean sheet in 20 away games at Blackburn last weekend.
  • Spurs have a 100 per cent record in the Premier League when leading at half-time.
  • Striker Peter Crouch scored his first away goals since joining Spurs in the summer at Blackburn.
  • Croatian Luka Modric is struggling with an ankle problem after recovering from a broken leg.
  • Ledley King is still out with a knee injury.
  • Defensive colleague Jonathan Woodgate remains sidelined by a groin problem.
  • Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is expected to miss the rest of the campaign after a serious motorbike accident.

Expert Advice

On paper, this looks one of the standout fixtures of the Boxing Day programme as Roy Hodgson’s confident Fulham side take on Harry Redknapp’s free-scoring Tottenham. Fulham are well on their way to surpassing their impressive achievements of last season and only Chelsea and Arsenal have been successful in quietening their threat at Craven Cottage this season. An under-strength Manchester United side were no match for them last weekend but Tottenham look to have more weapons at their disposal with Lennon and Kranjcar providing the ammunition for Defoe and Crouch in attack. An entertain, high-scoring affair looks on the cards and Betsson’s price of 3.05 for there to be over 3.5 goals looks a value bet.

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