It’s no secret that the fans are disgruntled as Spurs welcome Fulham to Wembley for what we hoped would be the last time. The anxiety over a lack of summer signings was supposed to go away as the club embarked on the next chapter of its history. Instead - due to ‘safety issues’ - the opening of the new stadium could be as late as November with the exact date unconfirmed.
Poch will need to make sure the dampened mood in N17 doesn’t filter through to the players as we look to maintain our perfect start to the season. This shouldn’t be an issue for a squad which is typically professional under such circumstances. Furthermore, our league record at Wembley (W13, D4, L2) - and at home vs newly promoted teams (18 wins in a row) - suggests we will collect the three points.
However, Fulham will go into the game with reason to be hopeful. Against Newcastle, we became very leggy in the later stages, and were fortunate to leave with a win. If Slaviša Jokanović’s men can bring us to the 65 minute mark - without being behind - they will feel confident of getting a result. And as good as Spurs’ Wembley form is on paper it took a while for us to get the wheels in motion there last year. If there are any cobwebs this time around then we may well drop points. As per our season opener Poch will look to balance out the team with players who didn’t play at the World Cup.
We will be waving goodbye to Son who departs for the Asian Games thereby avoiding military service (if South Korea win gold). Aside from that the squad remains unchanged from a week ago.
Tip of the day: Draw 9/2
Spurs got off to a slow start at Wembley last season and it might take a while for them to get going again. If Fulham are well oiled they will feel hopeful of taking a point against a Spurs team still weary from its efforts in Russia.
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