Having brushed Burnley aside in their last match, Tottenham Hotspur have the opportunity to win back to back league games for the first time since November 2020 as they face Fulham in the Premier League on Thursday (March 4).
Tottenham Hotspur’s Opportunity Knocks
Tottenham Need to Kick on Following Burnley Win
It is incredible to consider that Spurs have to go back as far as November last year to find the last time that they won back to back games in the Premier League. Since then their form has been erratic, performances have been poor and Jose Mourinho has started to feel the pressure with critics circling around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mourinho’s team had lost five out of six in the league before beating Burnley 4-0 – a result which also saw a return to form for Gareth Bale. That win has put Spurs back in the frame for a top-four finish this season, just six points off fourth spot with a game in hand. That 4-0 win now needs to be the catalyst for a strong finish to the season.
Resurgent Fulham Will Be Tough Opponents
Scott Parker has turned his Fulham team from relegation certainties to potential survivors as they close in on Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion. A win over Spurs would lift Fulham to 17th place in the league and would dump Newcastle into the bottom three on goal difference.
In the reverse fixture, Fulham drew with Tottenham and were unlucky to not take more from the game. Fulham are well drilled in defence now and playing attractive football so this will be a tough nut for Spurs to crack.
Gareth Bale Key to Spurs
Despite taking some time for Bale to kick into form in his second spell with Spurs, his return to form against Burnley is a welcome tonic for Mourinho. He grabbed two goals against Burnley and set up another as well as displaying the kind of power and speed that football became used to in his first spell at the club and at Real Madrid.
An attacking force of Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane, Bale and either Lucas Moura or Dele Alli will give many teams a problem. Whether Bale can play a regular 90 minutes is still in question but if he can start games and play well for 70 minutes, he might just be the man to get Tottenham that fourth-placed finish that will guarantee a return to Champions League football next season.
Tottenham and Gareth Bale will just have too much for a plucky Fulham side and take all three points in a 3-1 win.