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Fulham v Tottenham Preview

Tottenham make the relatively short journey to Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening to face a Fulham side in serious trouble as they currently sit just three points off the bottom of the Premier League table. The Fulham hierarchy took the decision to part company with manager Martin Jol following the club’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham this past Saturday. Having already brought former Manchester United assistant Rene Meulensteen to the club, they had a ready-made replacement and will be hoping this talented coach can have an immediate impact.

Many sportsbooks like Bovada make the away side the favourites for this encounter, with Spurs on offer at a best price of 8/11. Fulham are on offer at as big as 5/1 in places which will definitely appeal to bet on sports in general punters, while the draw can be backed at 29/10. While the league table tells you that Tottenham are the worthy favourites for all three points, the Fulham squad are likely to be buoyed by the change in leadership and could well put up an improved display here. That being said, Spurs’ record on the road is quite impressive bar the 6-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City and their defence could well be able to contain the Fulham front line.

Former Tottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov will still be missing for Fulham so another former Tottenham man Darren Bent looks set to continue up front. It will be interesting to see how many changes Rene Meulensteen makes from the side Martin Jol was regularly putting out. Tottenham are still without Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen but will still be able to field a strong looking side. Both Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be pushing for starting berths having missed out at the weekend.

I don’t think this will be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I fancy Spurs to get all three points, with 1-0 my favoured score line.

December the Crucial Month

Following two very disappointing Premier League defeats in succession, Tottenham were able to put up a much improved display against on Sunday against Manchester United. Although the away side bossed possession, Spurs took the lead twice and were arguably unlucky not to have taken all three points in front of a spirited White Hart Lane crowd. Andre Villas-Boas men created plenty and looked a much more potent attacking force than they have done in previous home fixtures this season. Kyle Walker gave Spurs the lead on 18 minutes before Wayne Rooney levelled for the visitors before half time. A sublime strike from Sandro gave us all hope that the match would end in a famous victory for Spurs but unfortunately, some clever play from Danny Wellbeck earned Utd a penalty, which Rooney was able to put away.

Andre Villas-Boas had some harsh words for the press after the game and I personally felt he came across quite well. Ideally, I’d like the fans to be more patient but that just isn’t within the mentality of the modern football fan. Admittedly, home defeats against West Ham and Newcastle are not good enough but I think Villas-Boas deserves a lot more time with this new squad of players. The City result can be forgiven because they are almost unplayable at the Etihad but I will admit I was a little disheartened by the attitude of some of the players there. This was not the case against Manchester United however and if we can take that spirit and commitment into the remainder of the month, things could look a whole lot healthier.

We have a very winnable run of games, starting with Fulham tomorrow night. This might not be the best time to play them with teams often performing better in a first match under a new coach, but I’d still very much fancy our chances the way Fulham have been playing in recent weeks. Away at Sunderland won’t be easy on Saturday but four of the remaining five fixtures after that in December will be at home and Spurs can take advantage of that fact. Tottenham’s odds for a top four finish have drifted since the start of the campaign but just like Super Bowl 2014 prop bets, that can all change again quite quickly.

I still believe that the players will improve and gel as the season progresses. What people tend to forget is the strength in depth that Andre Villas-Boas has at his disposal. Teams like Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle don’t have the same luxury and that fact will tell by May. With a League Cup quarter final on the horizon and having reached the last 32 of the Europa League, a bet on Tottenham to win a trophy this season could prove as profitable as a gamble on the Superbowl this year.

Oh Dear

I didn’t expect us to get anything at the Etihad yesterday. I would have been reasonably satisfied with a spirited one or two nil defeat but after thirty seconds, the writing was very much on the wall. A disastrous clearance from the usually reliable Hugo Lloris gave Jesus Navas an opportunity which he converted via a sublime chip. The most important thing for any team going to Manchester City is to not concede an early goal because a rout is always a possibility against this side and that is exactly what happened. Before this match, Tottenham had conceded just one goal on their travels and that is what makes the manner of this defeat all the more disappointing.

On paper, the Spurs back four looked fairly strong with Younes Kaboul returning to the starting line-up alongside Captain Dawson but they were made to look like complete fools at times by the power, pace and skill of Aguero and company. Other than an early Erik Lamela chance, the away side were never in it. Villas-Boas seemed to think if that opportunity had been converted, this would have been a very different game. I have my doubts. None of our performances in the Premier League thus far this season have been particularly convincing and having suffered big defeats both here and at the hands of West Ham tells us there is still a lot of work to do. The majority of premier league betting tips would have pointed to a Manchester City victory in this but not by a margin of six goals.

I’ve always been behind Andre Villas-Boas and I will continue to support the Tottenham manager. Football fans these days expect too much too quickly and while I’m not all that impressed by our brand of football, I do believe the manager will improve both results and performances as the season progresses. The AVB out brigade really aren’t helping anyone and it’s not as if other big sides haven’t already lost a few games in the league this season. It’s how we react to this defeat that’s most important and in particular, how the team performs against Manchester United next Sunday. Although they are a good side, David Moyes men are still very beatable. I hope those Spurs players that have underperformed in recent weeks step up and show exactly what they are capable of.

Spurs striking options – who could make a difference?

Tottenham invested heavily over the summer as they tried to fill the void left by Gareth Bale, and while they have filled his place in midfield they are seriously missing his goal scoring exploits.
Although new signing Roberto Soldado has been more than promising, the side do at times look short of a striker.We’ve taken a look at some of the strikers Spurs may look towards in the coming transfer windows, just to whet the appetite of any football transfer betting fans out there

Javier Hernandez
The diminutive striker is Tottenham’s main target and many believe the Mexican would be open to a move to London. With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of him in the Manchester United pecking order it is rumoured that he wants to leave. He wants to be firing on all cylinders for the 2014 World Cup and although United boss David Moyes doesn’t want to sell the striker, he may be able to force through a £15million move.

Christian Benteke
There has been a lot of talk that Spurs may try and sign Benteke in January. There can be no doubting Benteke’s quality; last season his goals alone kept Aston Villa up. Paddy Power price Benteke at 25/1 to be the league’s top scorer but if he were to move to Tottenham expect those odds to tumble. Signing Benteke midway through the season would not be easy as Villa are financially sound and not willing to sell a star player. If Villas-Boas turns towards Benteke then he will need to shell out well over £25million. A move for Benteke is doubtful at best.

Stephen El Shaarawy
The 20-year-old has fallen out of favour at AC Milan and would fit the Tottenham mantra perfectly. El Shaarawy impressed last season but has seen his game time marginalized since the arrival of Mario Balotelli and is rumoured to want out. With a credible goal scoring record and plenty of years left in him, Tottenham would be very interested in bringing him to North London. If they can stump up the required £25million then Shaarawy could well be heading to the Lane.

Can Spurs Become True Title Contenders On Saturday?

I saw a stat on Twitter earlier which I quickly passed on to my WhatsApp group, which is full of Gooners, Chelsea and Millwall fans. Basically, they all hate Spurs.

@BBCSport: Spurs have conceded the fewest of any team in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season.

I was quickly shot down, ‘You’ve played Cardiff and Palace and a load of teams with made up names that aren’t even proper football clubs in the Europa League.’

While that all may be true, Tottenham have started the season in impression fashion. The defeat at Arsenal, a game which arguably came too soon for this new group of players, is the only blip on Spurs record thus far this campaign. With Arsenal sitting top of the table, it doesn’t seem like such a terrible loss, albeit a painful blow for any Spurs fan to take.

So this Saturday at 12:45pm we kick off against Chelsea. This is the first time that I can remember the top online bookmakers putting Spurs in as favourites for a match against the Blues. Tottenham have a woeful overall record against Chelsea in the last couple of decades but, things have certainly improved in recent times with the home side having lost just five of the last fourteen encounters.

Although Chelsea returned to winning ways against Fulham last time, they aren’t exactly on fire. Jose Mourinho’s men have scored just six goals in their opening five matches which is their joint-lowest return at this stage during the last eighteen years. Admittedly, they are only two points off Tottenham and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table and a win at White Hart Lane would see them reach the helm at least temporarily.

This could be one of the defining games of Tottenham’s season and Andre Villas-Boas career as a manager. No matter what he is telling the media in the run up to this game, victory over Mourinho and his former club Chelsea would mean everything to him. Spurs have had a number of false dawns before but this is for me the best squad of players we have had since the Premier League began. Whatever the result, I just hope the players go out there with no fear and play with the freedom, passion and ruthlessness they have shown in recent weeks.

How far can this team go?

Tottenham’s new look side showed exactly what they are capable of this past Saturday with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over a good Norwich City team. A Gylfi Sigurdsson brace was enough to dispatch Chris Houghton’s side and it was Spurs who were firmly in control over the ninety minutes. The home team had 68% of the possession and 7 shots on target to Norwich’s 1. On a day when Gareth Bale was making his debut for Real Madrid, an impressive performance was needed from Andre Villas-Boas’ men, and that’s exactly what they delivered. While Spurs began the match as the strong favourites with the Betting Exchange Betfair, nothing can be taken for granted at the top level of English football.

Making his debut for Spurs, Christian Eriksen’s display was nothing short of thrilling. I’m not sure whether the Dutch league is comparable to the Premier League in terms of style, but Jan Vertonghen was another Ajax import to hitting the ground running in much the same way. Some foreign imports take six months to a year before they show their top form, but Eriksen controlled large part of this game with excellent passing, particularly in the final third. I’m not one to overreact on the back of one performance, but he could look a snip at £11.5m come the end of the season.

Danny Rose was another player who really stood out for me on Saturday. I’ve always been keen for the left back to be given a chance in front of Assou-Ekotto and now that Benny has been loaned out to QPR, Rose has an excellent opportunity to make the position his own. Based on this performance, Rose is well on his way to doing just that. Record signing Lamela came off the bench late on, and it is likely that the former Roma man will make a much more significant impact in the coming weeks.

Can Tottenham Hotspur Football Club win the Premier League? I think it’s far too early to be making any such predictions but the exciting brand of football they played against Norwich was certainly encouraging. A more realistic target for Spurs is a top four finish but with all the leading title contenders looking shaky, maybe the Lillywhites can spring a surprise and be in the mix for the 2013/14 crown.

Bye Bye Benny

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been a largely permanent fixture in the Tottenham side for a number of years now. During the 2008–09 campaign, Ekotto became first choice in the left back role and has made the position his own until fairly recently. Benny hasn’t impressed Andre Villas-Boas since his arrival as Tottenham manager and following limited chances in the first team, the Cameroon international has made the decision to move to QPR on load for the remainder of the season.

Personally, I love Benoit. He’s got a personality that a lot of other footballers lack and his Twitter LOLs are legendary. An honest guy, maybe this was part of the problem as far as Villas-Boas was concerned. Assou-Ekotto made no bones about the fact that he was in football for the money and also commented that the majority of his fellow professionals claiming otherwise were not being truthful. The bulk of the player’s performances on the pitch for Spurs have been of a high standard, but he is prone to the odd lapse in concentration. This likely also contributed to the Spurs’ manager’s decision to offload Ekotto.

One thing is for sure, the arrival of Benoit Assou-Ekotto at Queens Park Rangers is sure to help the promotion chances of Harry Redknapp’s side. At Championship level, Assou-Ekotto’s quality will stand out like a sore thumb and while he may not always know what team he is going to face come game time, he’ll always give 100% on the pitch. Whether the move will negatively affect Tottenham’s league ambitions is open to questions but they are arguably short of quality at left back now. The bookies are struggling to split Spurs and Arsenal as far as a top four finish is concerned, as has been the case for the last few seasons. Arsenal have always come out on top thus far, but if you are considering betting on Spurs, try www.onlinebettingoffers.com for betting offers.

Benny wasn’t the only player to head for West London from the Lane yesterday. In a surprising move, Andre Villas-Boas also allowed exciting young midfielder Tom Carroll to join QPR on a season long loan. A bright prospect, Carroll has always impressed when given a chance in the Spurs first team, and he will also bring significant quality to Harry Redknapp’s squad.

Spurs can Survive and Prosper without Bale

When a club sells their best players, it usually means that they will struggle the following season without their key men. Clubs in the past have let go of their biggest stars for large sums of money for more than one reason and, in most cases, failed to improve on their past achievements.

Some teams can get away with it due to their size – the Manchester Uniteds of this world have allowed Beckham, Cantona, and Ronaldo to leave and still they remain at the top of the mantle.

This summer has seen Gareth Bale linked with a host of Premier League clubs and with moves into Europe, with Barcelona and Real Madrid both fighting for his signature. The transfer saga has taken months and months to complete and it seems like every day the Welshman is being linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Bale is arguably Spurs’ best player and, after a stellar season last year, his worth has sky-rocketed into eye-watering figures. But, in selling Bale, are Spurs going to be worse off?

There’s no doubt that Andre Villas-Boas will miss a man of his talent, but in selling Bale the Portuguese boss has been able to add to his squad in other areas.

Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, and the possible signing of Willian has seen Spurs dramatically improve their squad. Instead of having one key player, Villas-Boas will have the ability to draw on a number of stars as he looks to reach the Champions League, one of the most popular football events at betfair.com.

With United, Manchester City, and Chelsea all changing managers, Spurs have a great chance to bridge the gap and overtake Arsenal into fourth spot, with or without Bale.

Spurs exodus continues as Parker leaves

Andre Villas-Boas’ revamping of the Tottenham squad has continued after Scott Parker was allowed to join Fulham on a three-year deal.

The 32-year-old former Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Chelsea midfielder has moved to Craven Cottage for an undisclosed transfer fee.

Parker has won 18 caps for England and featured in more than 300 Premier League matches. He captained his country in a friendly international against Holland and started every group match at Euro 2012.

In his final season at West Ham he was named the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year.

However, injuries restricted him to a bit-part player at White Hart Lane last season and he failed to make a first-team appearance until December, four months into the campaign.

Parker featured in 50 Premier League matches for the club but failed to find the net in any of them, having moved to Spurs from West Ham United two years ago for £5million.

He is expected to make his debut for Martin Jol’s side in this weekend’s game against Arsenal for which there plenty of fans will more than likely take advantage of an in-play bet offer.

Villas-Boas has allowed 12 players, including the likes of William Gallas, Steven Caulker, Clint Dempsey and Tom Huddlestone, to leave the club on a permanent basis already this summer, while Gareth Bale continues to be linked with a switch to Real Madrid.

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A further seven players have been loaned out, including James Livermore to Hull City, while Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue have all been signed for big fees.

Parker said of his move: “I’m delighted to be joining Fulham and I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates at training.”