Fulham host Tottenham tonight as the London rivals clash in the race for a European spot.
The Cottagers have enjoyed an incredible season and sit in seventh place, two points behind Spurs and seven off fourth.
A Champions League finish might not be in Fulham’s thoughts yet, but a top seven spot is a strong possibility due to the Cottagers’ form since the World Cup break.
Standing in their way next are a Tottenham side that have won only three of their last nine league games, with Antonio Conte looking increasingly frustrated.
Conte’s deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium expires at the end of the season, with neither party convinced about this relationship continuing.
Spurs backed their manager during the summer, but most of Conte’s signings have struggled to make an impact, while Heung-min Son’s form has disappeared.
Despite all this, Tottenham are still fifth and well in the race for the Champions League.
Fulham v Tottenham: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Monday, January 23.
Kick-off at Craven Cottage is scheduled for 8pm.
talkSPORT will have live and exclusive commentary from west London.
Adrian Durham will serve as your host, while commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy.
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Fulham v Tottenham: Team news
The Cottagers have one major injury concern with Neeskens Kebano out with an Achilles injury.
But apart from that, Fulham have a clean bill of health.
Meanwhile, Rodrigo Bentancur will push for another start after making his comeback from injury against Manchester City
And Conte might have a decision to make in goal, with Hugo Lloris struggling for form.
Fraser Forster is waiting should Lloris’ latest mistake against Arsenal prove to be one too many.
Fulham v Tottenham: What has been said?
Tottenham boss Conte speaking about his tactics: “The system depends a lot on the characteristics of the players, especially the defenders.
“To play four at the back, you need defenders with specific characteristics.
“In my career, I’ve played with a [back] four and won two championships with a 4-2-4 at Juventus.
“In Chelsea, I started with a 4-2-3-1 and then changed, because the characteristics of the players was not so good to play a back four.
“When I arrived at Tottenham, I found this solution for the characteristics of the players. In my opinion, this is the best solution to exploit the characteristics of the players.
“In the future, probably we can try to change. But if we lose, I’m justified!”
Fulham v Tottenham: Match facts
- Fulham have lost 12 of their last 14 Premier League games against Tottenham Hotspur (W1 D1) with their only win in that sequence a 1-0 away win in March 2013.
- Tottenham Hotspur have won their last six away Premier League visits to Fulham. They’ve only won seven consecutive away top-flight visits to one club before, winning seven in a row against Aston Villa twice (1950-1956 & an ongoing run since 2012).
- Fulham have won three of their six Premier League London derby matches this season (L3) – they’ve never won four such games in a single top-flight season before.
- Tottenham have won just one of their last 11 away London derbies in the Premier League (D4 L6), though it was their last one against Crystal Palace (4-0). They’ve not won consecutive such games since a run of four between February and November 2018.
- Fulham are looking to win three consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since a run of four between April and September 2012. They last did so within the same season back in April 2011.
- Tottenham have won 10 of their last 14 Premier League games on a Monday (D3 L1), with their only defeat in that run coming at home to Man City in October 2018.
- Fulham’s defeat against Newcastle last time out ended a four-game winning run for the Cottagers in the Premier League. Their last three defeats in the competition have been courtesy of goals scored in the 89th minute or later.
- Fulham have scored 11 headed goals in the Premier League this season, only netting more in a single campaign in 2010-11 (15).
- Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored in all four of his Premier League London derby matches this season. The last player to score in five such games in a row was Harry Kane (2014-15), while Mitrovic would be the first non-Arsenal or Tottenham player to do so.
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored more London derby goals than any other player in Premier League history (47). He’s scored in four of his five league appearances against Fulham, though the only failure in this run was his only game at Craven Cottage.