Tottenham’s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United at Wembley last weekend has all but extinguished Spurs’ faint title hopes – while losing Harry Kane in the process – and left Mauricio Pochettino’s injury-plagued squad looking over their shoulders in the race for a top-four finish.
Fulham, meanwhile, and yet to reap the benefits of swapping Slavisa Jokanovic for Claudio Ranieri, and the ‘Tinkerman’ needs a win to boost the hosts’ fight against relegation.
Tottenham’s squad isn’t the biggest and will be at full stretch with the EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea coming up, as well as FA Cup and Champions League games to mix in with their Premier League push.
Fulham go into the weekend five points from safety and with an inferior goal difference, so they need to turn things around quickly on the pitch as well as in their yoga classes.
New signing Ryan Babel could make his Fulham debut after signing from Besiktas earlier this week.
Defender Alfie Mawson remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury.
Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko has been ruled out with a groin problem, but Eric Dier, who has not played since early December due to appendicitis, could be involved.
Harry Kane is sidelined with an ankle injury and fellow forward Son Heung-min remains absent on international duty.
With Lucas Moura not yet ready to return from a knee injury, that could mean Fernando Llorente starts up front.
Tottenham have won the four most recent meetings in all competitions.
Fulham have failed to score more than once in any of their last 12 Premier League matches against Spurs.
This is the 50th top-flight fixture between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have 28 wins to Fulham’s eight, with 13 draws.
TV channel and live stream online coverage
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £7.99. Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
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