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Fulham v Tottenham: Under 2.5 goals price too good to refuse

| 04.12.2013

Two sides who haven’t been setting the form book alight collide at Craven Cottage when Fulham face Tottenham.

The hosts’ run of five games without a point was enough to force Martin Jol to pack up his desk, while the 9/4 on Andre Villas-Boas being the next manager to leave suggests the Portuguese boss could soon follow after a winless run of four.

Fulham are 9/2 to provide new boss Rene Meulensteen with a win in his first game in charge, with the draw available at 5/2 and Spurs the 4/6 favourites for a road triumph.

With neither side in particularly sparkling form, taking a punt on the match winner market would be as risky as offering to buy Phil Mitchell a pint in the Queen Vic. But, with the London rivals both among the Premier League’s most goal-shy, a delve into a few goal markets seems far safer ground.

Both teams have 11 strikes to their name so far, which ranks them as the joint-third worst attacking units in the division.

Fulham have scored exactly one goal in each of their six home games this season. It’s a trend that points to a bet on the 2/9 for Fulham to score between nil and one goal, something that makes sense given that Tottenham have only conceded one strike or fewer in five of their six road trips.

At the other end of the pitch, Spurs have been famously unthreatening, whether they are playing host or visiting. They have only managed to score more than one goal in a game three times this season and are 20/21 to total less than 1.5 celebrations against the Cottagers.

Finally, if you combine those two meagre strike forces, the 5/6 on the match falling short of the 2.5 total goals mark looks appetisingly plump given that just 10 of the pair’s combined 23 games have failed to cross the 2.5 goals threshold.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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