Fulham v Spurs: An Upset on the Cards at Craven Cottage?

Slavisa Jokanovic, Fulham coach

If you’re looking for some value among the 5th round FA Cup ties this weekend then West London could be the place to be as Fulham host Spurs on Sunday. Tottenham are the odds on favourites to win in 90 minutes but it’s certain that manager Mauricio Pochettino will make many changes to the team that played Gent in midweek.

Could that play into Fulham’s hands? Here are the prices ahead of this fixture.

Match Odds

Odds setters can’t second guess a starting line up and that’s the main reason why Spurs go into this match as clear favourites at a best price of 10/11 with either Bet365 or Betway. Elsewhere, the draw is quoted at 74/25 with MarathonBet while victory for Fulham is listed at 7/2 with Paddy Power and Winner Sports.

Remember, those are prices for Saturday’s game only and don’t take into account any possible replay.

So, why do we think there is value in a punt on outsiders Fulham here? To answer that you only need to go back to the previous round where Tottenham struggled to overcome league two side Wycombe. The club play a weakened starting XI in this competition and while they eventually came through in that game by four goals to three, a stronger Fulham outfit are well poised to progress. They are eighth in the Championship, have won their last two league games and the Cottagers’ desire is likely to be higher than that of their opponents.

Individual Goal Scorers

It’s difficult to make a qualified tip here when you don’t know who will start the match but you can probably rule out Harry Kane, who is favourite to open the scoring at a best price of 7/2 with Paddy Power and Betway.

If Kane features, he should start from the bench so a better option for Spurs would be Son Heung-Min, the South Korean international. Son has 11 goals in all competitions this season and is priced at a more tempting 5/1 with SkyBet and Coral to find the net first.

The first Fulham name on this list is that of on-loan striker Chris Martin who has an impressive record of 9 goals in 19 league games for his temporary employers. Martin is on offer at best odds of 8/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring but with Fulham likely to find the net at some stage and the Scotland forward set to be their main threat, I’m taking a safer bet on an anytime goal at 12/5 with Bet365 again.

Other Side Bets

Tottenham’s game against Wycombe produced some real entertainment and there were seven goals in the match overall. That resulthints at another very open game on Sunday and I’ll definitely be backing over the 3.5 goal line at a best of 9/5 with 32Red.

By the same principle, Both Teams to Score could be a very safe option here although that is listed at a shorter figure of 4/7 with Paddy Power and BetFred.

If you disagree with the suggestion that Fulham will win this game, there is a choice of enhanced odds deals for new customers that will take that 10/11 price on Spurs and give you something more interesting.

However, Spurs could be fielding a side containing players such as Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks and Marcus Edwards – talented youngsters with bags of potential but inexperienced at this level. Such a team struggled at home to Wycombe in the last round and as they concede home advantage to Championship opposition, there could be some serious value on Fulham here.

Best Bets:

  • Fulham to win at 7/2 with Paddy Power
  • Chris Martin to score an anytime goal at 12/5 with Bet365
  • Over 3.5 goals at 9/5 with 32Red
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