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Rupert Wyman 29th Jan 2011 - 12:54

Fulham are Craven goals at the Cottage

Tottenham face the tricky task of Fulham away on Sunday. They know that the FA Cup offers a realistic chance of gaining silverware and there is nothing more exciting than a day out at Wembley for the fans.

Spurs have made significant progress since Harry Redknapp took charge of the North London club. Although they will want to win the FA Cup, their priorities may now lie elsewhere. They are still in the Champions League and although Chelsea are back in-form, they are looking for another top-four league finish.

Fulham are 2/1 for the ninety minute home win, the draw is 9/4 and the Tottenham full-time victory is 11/8. Tottenham may be looking towards their clash with AC Milan in the Champions League but the fans will want the team to win this derby clash.

For Fulham, a winning cup run would give them European football and although Mark Hughes has been very successful in this competition, Fulham's priority is avoiding relegation.  Tottenham have won the two league clashes this season but both games were tight affairs.

Tottenham will be without the influential Bale and Kranjcar should deputise for him whilst Fulham are still without Zamora. Without the flair of Bale and Fulham's limitations in-front of goal, I would consider having a bet on under 2.5 goals at 10/11.

Tottenham are capable of scoring goals and few will forget that they put nine goals past Wigan in the league last season. However, they do not have home advantage and it could be a cagey affair. Tottenham's last two matches have both ended in less than 2.5 goals and Spurs will play with only Defoe as an out and out striker.

The draw is 21/20 in the first half betting and with Tottenham's bench, they have the squad to nick a victory late into the match. They arguably have the strongest second eleven in the Premier League and they will be able to call upon Hutton, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch and Keane from the sidelines.

The half time draw and full time Tottenham win is 5/1 and that could be worth a small punt.  For neither team to score you can get 11/10 and Fulham failed to find the net in a midweek loss to Liverpool. The game was also a scrappy and Fulham resorted to throwing their centre-back Hangeland forward to try and get an equaliser.

Their efforts were thwarted and the lack of fire power is obvious.  Fulham's Pantsil was the only Spurs player carded in the match against the Reds and they are not a dirty side.

He was also the only player booked for Hughes' team when they faced Spurs recently, it is 17/20 for there to be under two Fulham cards. They regularly have only the one player carded and I cannot see it being a dirty derby.

It is tough making a call on the outcome of this cup game but it is definitely worth siding with the under 2.5 goals market at 10/11, if the previous two league games between the sides are played in a similar manner.



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