LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Tottenham have their eyes well set on second place in the Barclays Premier League and can move closer to Manchester City with a win over Fulham at White Hart Lane.
Gareth Bale has been in spanking form so far this season and all eyes will be on Wales international who again is expected to add to his goalscoring tally this season.
And after missing Thursday’s Europa League tie 4-1 defeat at Inter Milan, though the EPL side still went through on away goals, Bale returns to the starting lineup to face Fulham.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and defender Michael Dawson also returned for Tottenham, who are being backed at 4/9 to take all three points and cut the gap between them and second place Manchester City to just two points. For the Draw, its 100/30, while Fulham are 6/1 for victory.
Jermain Defoe and American Clint Dempsey are amongst the substitutes, but winger Aaron Lennon, who came off the bench against Inter Milan, after recovering from a hamstring injury has been left out.
Fulham, in the meantime are unchanged from the last outing with forward Dimitar Berbatov leading the attack.
Tottenham have been in good form against their opponents, having won their last four home matches against Fulham, with three of those coming in the league. The last time Fulham recorded a victory at White Hart Lane was 10-years-ago and could struggle to end that drought on Sunday.
Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League matches and have not lost at home since 3 November.
Tottenham vs Fulham
Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Sigurdsson, Dembele, Parker, Assou-Ekotto, Adebayor, Bale
Subs: Friedel, Walker, Carroll, Holtby, Livermore, Defoe, Dempsey
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov
Subs: Etheridge, Hughes, Richardson, Enoh, Emanuelson, Petric, Rodallega
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)