Tottenham Hotspur have endured an extremely difficult week, to say the least.
The LIlywhites recorded their first Premier League home loss to local rivals Arsenal in nine years last Sunday, losing 2-0 as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris bundled the ball into his own net for the Gunners opener. Things then went from bad to worse just four days later at the Etihad Stadium when Spurs lost 4-2 to Manchester City despite leading 2-0 at half-time.
Antonio Conte's side will be keen to quickly bounce back if they want to secure a top-four finish, currently sitting six points behind third-placed Newcastle United and fourth-placed Manchester United. Next up for the north Londoners is a match against Marco Silva's Fulham tonight, with the Cottagers just two points behind following a superb start to the 2022/23 campaign.
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Ahead of the match at Craven Cottage, former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has delivered his prediction, backing Fulham to come out with all three points. "Tottenham boss Antonio Conte said his side had to take more risks in the second half against Arsenal last weekend, when Spurs were behind and chasing the game," Sutton told the BBC.
"But the way Spurs have been starting so many games this season so badly, surely they need to take more risks from the off? Fulham will definitely be playing on the front foot.
"They were unlucky not to get anything against Newcastle last week, and they will go for it again here. I can see them beating Spurs, and cranking up the pressure on Conte even more."
Sutton's prediction: Fulham 2-1 Tottenham
Ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra also weighed in with his prediction, backing the Cottagers to heap the misery on Conte and Co. Speaking to Betfair, via Metro, Evra said: "Fulham had such a good game against Newcastle last time out.
"Tactically, the way they were in possession of the ball they looked good and I think they can get a result in this one. Tottenham are in a bad moment right now.
"I just feel like it’s Deja vu. I think Conte knows that he can’t build something in one year, it was a miracle the way he got them in the Champions League, but now it’s a new season.
"They look hurt and frustrated right now. Conte needs to find that energy and belief again."
Evra's Prediction: Fulham 2-1 Tottenham
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