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Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Wednesday 8:15pm
COVID concerns – a swift switch – and all of a sudden, Spurs are hosting Fulham on Wednesday evening as opposed to nipping up the M6 to Villa Park, Birmingham.
Of course, the toss will be contested either side of the capital over how Wednesday’s fixture came about. Fulham boss, Scott Parker, isn’t best pleased: “The people making these decisions don’t understand players. We have had it tough. We thought they had six days’ recovery time. It is madness really,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Spurs chief, Jose Mourinho – left kicking his heels with his players after the original clash was called off – was a little less sympathetic; “Are you serious? He said.
“I had the news I was not going to play them two hours before the game started.”
“The biggest impact is to have matches postponed. That is the biggest impact. The changing of the order of the matches, the impact is minimal I would say.
“In the end, you have to play nineteen matches at home and nineteen away – two matches against every team. So if it’s to help the Premier League to go and to end properly, it’s a solution we all have to accept as a positive solution,” he added.
Politics aside, we have a football match. Mourinho was fully aware that despite contrasting Premier League positions, the Lilywhites faced a tough task against a Fulham side in the relegation places but having tightened up considerably of late, stringing together a run of four successive draws: “At this moment it’s difficult to play against them,” he confessed.
“To defend the way they do with five in the back, and sometimes a second line of four, other times with three, is not easy to score goals against them.
“That’s obvious and then they have different ways of being dangerous. One thing is to be dangerous with Mitrovic, another thing is to be dangerous without Mitrovic, and they are good in these different situations.
“They can counter-attack well, they can arrive in crossing positions and create difficulties. They are a good team .they transform a little bit their philosophy, they understood well how to change, they did it. They are having results. And it’s going to be difficult.”
Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Fulham