Take in the incredible derby atmosphere at this thrilling Premier League matchup between top-dogs Tottenham Hotspur and recent additions to the League Fulham. In what will be a proving ground match for newcomer Fulham, Spurs will be looking to take three points at the New Stadium, but the hungry Cottagers will be looking for victory in this Cross-London Derby.
Tottenham have won the last four of their most recent meetings with London boys Fulham, last losing in the Premier League season of 2012/13, but given Fulham’s underdog success so far, this just might be one of the most exciting games in the calendar.
Here’s a quick run-down of the two teams’ history together:
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Fulham, August 2018, Premier League
This Premier League London derby encounter thrilled the crowds at Wembley, with home side Tottenham Hotspur taking control against a hard working Fulham. Spurs’ offence was highly effective, sending the Fulham fullbacks into overdrive for the entirety of the game. That’s not to say Fulham didn’t have their chances, by the twentieth minute they’d had shots deflected and taken a corner, but very little else was going their way.
Tottenham started looking more and more of a threat, with Eriksen lining up attempts on the Fulham goal, but they went wide of the target.
Lucas Moura was the first to capitalise, finishing off a deflected Eriksen attempt. Moura’s left foot put Tottenham one-nil up just a single minute before half-time. Fulham looked to bring it even moments later, but Kamara’s shot is defended well at the moment the whistle blows.
Fulham took control of the early stages of the second half, showing moments of brilliance and threatening Spurs with movement and superb ball control. Tottenham aren’t content with just the one, though, and Alli eventually has a chance on goal, but drives it right at Fulham keeper Fabri.
Fulham get perhaps one of the weirder goals of their season with the equaliser, with Mitrovic hitting the deck, before crawling at a Sessegnon ball to head it in. As bizarre as it was excellent, it’s a goal to remember.
Number two for Tottenham came from their own number two, Kieran Trippier, who sent a beautifully curled free kick over the Fulham wall and into the top left of the goal, leaving almost nothing for Fabri to react to.
And, of course, Harry Kane scored again. Would it really be a Tottenham victory without the tall England striker finding the net at some point, and he found it just minutes after the Trippier free kick. He picked the ball up from Erik Lamela and placed the ball soundly into the far side bottom corner.
That rounded things off for an elite game rich in splendid displays of quality football. The score well reflects the game, Tottenham had domination for most of the play, but there were views of the full capabilities of Fulham, who showed heart throughout.
Fulham 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur, December 2013, Premier League
After a first half of oh-so-nears, Fulham finally score in the fifty-sixth minute, and Tottenham needing a further eighteen to equalise and until the eighty-second to pull ahead. René Meulensteen’s first game at the helm of Fulham was an edge of your seat thriller, and despite the loss, it was nothing for Dutchman to be ashamed off.
Fulham’s sole tally on the scorecard came in the form of the first Premier League goal for Ashkan Dejagah. The Iranian team captain had yet to make an impression on English fans, but certainly left one with his explosive 20 yard welly into the Spurs net.
The visitors at Craven Cottage took time to equalise, and did so with an extraordinary Vlad Chiriches thirty-yard half-volley driven low through an entire crowd of white shirts (and blue, too) in the penalty area who all failed to step into the path of the ball.
Finally, Tottenham Hotspur equalised, with yet another long range net-splitter, a left-footed Holtby ball from the tip of the D to clinch the three points Spurs desired.