It all comes down to this for Tottenham Hotspur. After entering last Sunday's match against Aston Villa facing a "win out and we're in" scenario, Spurs now need three points and a bit of help on Survival Sunday to guarantee themselves a spot in next season's Champions League competition. Football fans watching last weekend's Serie A fixtures were reminded that, regardless of how hard players on the pitch try to not "scoreboard watch," spectators in the stands do well to notify all in the stadium of what is taking place in other league matches. Spurs must avoid any and all distractions at White Hart Lane this time around. A top four finish is just 90 minutes away.
3 thoughts heading into Tottenham vs. Fulham: The missing man
US Men's National Team fans tuning in to FOX Soccer on Sunday morning ET to watch Clint Dempsey play what many analysts believe will be his final match while wearing a Fulham shirt are going to be disappointed. We learned on Friday that Dempsey will miss the match after picking up a knock that shouldn't prevent him from participating in any upcoming USMNT fixtures. American fans may be a little bummed upon hearing this news, but the announcement brought smiles to the faces of Tottenham supporters everywhere. Sunday's match at the Lane was to be Dempsey's one final chance to impress during the current campaign, but the best American footballer on the planet today instead will be nothing more than a spectator. I wish Dempsey a speedy recovery, one that concludes anytime after this upcoming Sunday.
3 thoughts heading into Tottenham vs. Fulham: Blessing in disguise?
Tottenham lost Benoit Assou-Ekotto to injury several weeks ago, and Danny Rose will be unavailable for the season finale due to picking up a red card in the second half of the team's match against Villa. I like Rose and believe we have yet to see him near his best, but I also can't deny that he has been shaky at times while filling in for BAE. Tottenham's back line on Sunday could, depending on a fitness test or two, feature Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Ledley King and William Gallas. I understand he'll again require surgery this summer, but I do have to admit that I love the idea of King being out on the pitch for a match that Spurs must win. King "gets it" when it comes to what this club means to the supporters. He's a true leader, one this squad needs on Survival Sunday.
3 thoughts heading into Tottenham vs. Fulham: Prediction
The first 30 minutes of Sunday's match could, when all is said and done, go down as Tottenham's most important half-hour of the season. Finding the back of the net early would both put pressure on Arsenal, who enter Survival Sunday ahead of Spurs by just a single point, and also potentially put Fulham into "training session" mode. I'm sure Fulham will want to move up two spots in the league table, but playing to maybe finish seventh and playing to earn European football are slightly different things. Regardless of the disappointing result against Villa, my faith in Spurs to finish the season with a win remains strong. I expect the hosts to find goals on both sides of the break en route to a not-very-exciting 2-0 win.
We'll be thinking of you, West Brom.
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