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Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Craven Cottage – Thursday 6pm – Preview
What a difference a few days, oh and an in-form Welshman has made at Tottenham Hotspur.
Sure, the Lilywhites are still some way from where they want to be. Premier League form has often been questionable during the current campaign, begging the question of which direction the club was heading in under Jose Mourinho.
But Europa League progress coupled with a resounding victory over Burnley in N17 has lifted spirits. Gareth Bale’s return to form has lightened the load and all of a sudden some of the gloom has been lifted.
However, speaking ahead of Thursday evenings trip across the capital to take on Fulham, Mourinho wasn’t in a hurry to expand on Tottenham’s Premier League aspirations.
“Top nothing,” he responded when asked where the top four or six places were now a viable target.
“Just try to win tomorrow. We won just one match in the Premier League, playing well, good result, good score – just one match.
“The match before we could all agree the opponent’s level is not Premier League level but to beat them 4-0 the way we did you need to play well. West Ham we lost, the result was bad but I think we all agree we didn’t play bad at all.
“Same as Everton, same as at home against West Brom, same as City when he had a little bit of fuel in our legs. So we’re not playing bad at all. But the only good results we had were the two last ones.
“So top nothing – just try to win one more match. A week with nine points to fight four. three in the pocket, six to fight for – that’s the focus.”
Fulham deservedly earned a share of the spoils when they visited North London in January and Mourinho was impressed with what he has seen from Scott Parker and his charges: “I like their team,” the Spurs boss added.
“They played very well against us, they’re playing very well, they’re getting good results, big squad, lots of good players, young squad. Parker obviously doing his job very well. I like their team.”
Jeevesie’s prediction: Fulham 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur