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Fulham v Tottenham: Fans set for London derby goal-fest

| 30.11.2012

November looks to have ended too soon for Tottenham who finally seemed to be coming to terms with what had previously been a torrid month for them.

Two successive home wins softened the blow of five failures to get the job done in six attempts, a run which saw them thumped in the north London derby and crash out of the Capital One Cup. They now sit three points outside of the Champions League spots and can be backed at 13/10 to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Andre Villas Boas’ record in derby matches since he traded the Portuguese top flight for the English equivalent, however, is something that detracts value from this price.

Spurs’ win over West Ham last weekend represented just the second time AVB had got the better of a London rival in the league in eight attempts; his only two victories coming at home.

This should inspire confidence in those who fancy Martin Jol and Dimitar Berbatov to get one over on their former employers at 2/1, but considering the fact that they’ve not won in any of their last six outings this bet isn’t advisable.

Backing over 2.5 goals to be scored at 4/6 isn’t exactly edge of your seat stuff but is a far safer option.

Fulham have not failed to score in front of their own fans in this campaign and only one home game has fallen short of the 2.5 mark, while each of Spurs’ away matches yielded enough goals for this bet to cop.

Spurs have emerged from their previous two jaunts to the Cottage victorious, but Fulham had gone undefeated in the eight preceding renewals.

They showed great character to get a point at Stamford Bridge last time out and will fancy their chances of at least repeating the feat here. For this reason, backing the draw with over 2.5 goals scored at a massive 17/2 is the recommended punt.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton