The Premier League meeting between Tottenham and Fulham on Thursday evening has significant meanings at both ends of the table, two teams with different aspirations but both knowing the three points on offer could be massive come the end of the season.
Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Burnley at the weekend was only their second in the last seven games, a run that has seen them lose touch with the race for the top four placings.
Following up with a win against the Cottagers would however put Spurs only three points behind West Ham Utd who currently occupy the final Champions League spot, although that could be short-lived with both Merseyside clubs playing that evening.
With twelve games left to play for most sides after this round of midweek matches, time is starting to run out for those chasing glory but also for those trying to retain their Premier League status.
Time will tell if Fulham have worked it to perfection, Scott Parker’s side are giving themselves every chance to stay up whilst those above them struggle to pick up points.
A five match unbeaten run has seen Fulham pull within three points of both Newcastle and Brighton but now face three tough games in succession, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Manchester City to come before Leeds visit Craven Cottage to end the month.
A 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at the weekend extended the run in a game that Fulham could easily have gone home with the win after some wasteful moments in front of goal.
It’s been a fantastic turnaround for the West London side who before Christmas looked likely to be heading straight back to the Championship, their revival is bearing fruit. Contrast that to Tottenham who led the table at the beginning of December and have been in freefall ever since, Spurs will need a significant run of form to capture a Champions League spot through league placings.
They have the attacking intent to do it if they are on their game but defensively is where they fall down too often, something Fulham will look to exploit on Thursday evening. With Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, and Heung-Min Son as a front three, there will be no time for the Cottagers to switch off or they will be punished.
But Fulham will be pleased to have put themselves in with a great chance of survival, momentum is definitely with them amongst the bottom six clubs and although the next three games might not produce the results they want they still need to be in touch with those above them as the month draws to a close.
For Spurs they follow up the Fulham match with two more London derbies and a trip to Aston Villa before the end of the month, a real chance to get enough points on the board heading into the final two months of the season to make a difference. With only Everton, Manchester United, and Leicester City left to play of clubs currently above them at the time of writing it’s very much in their own hands if they can blow away teams like they did against Burnley.
There is certainly every chance that come the end of May both these sides could be celebrating different achievements but ones that mean a lot for their respective clubs.
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