At the halfway stage of the season, Tottenham find themselves in the position of being genuine title contenders. Spurs have only dropped points in four games this season and are yet to draw a game. 15 wins from a possible 19 is a remarkably consistent record, especially considering in the past they were expected to drop points in the league games immediately following a European game. Against Wolves, Spurs can keep the pace with Liverpool and could even close the gap if the Reds struggle in their decidedly more difficult fixture against Arsenal.
Tottenham have been in red-hot form of late, scoring 11 goals in their last two games and they should continue that trend on Saturday. They boast an impressive 39 game unbeaten run against newly promoted teams, winning 36 of them.
Wolves represent arguably the toughest task that any newly promoted club could provide, and they have done very well against the top six. However, Spurs have huge momentum behind them at the moment. Their attack is firing all cylinders, with goals coming from everywhere, and it should be too much for Wolves to handle.
Claude Puel’s job seemed to be hanging in the balance a week ago, but six points from a possible six against Chelsea and Manchester City has kept the wolves from his door. The one thing Puel does not need is to undo all that hard work at home to lowly Cardiff. Dropping points at home to the relegation-threatened Bluebirds will load a lot of the pressure that has just been relieved back onto Puel’s shoulders.
All things considered, Puel will surely want his troops to fly out of the traps and secure a victory as quickly as possible against the team that has the joint worst away record in the top flight. Cardiff picked up just their second point on the road this season against Crystal Palace and were very lucky to do so.
Neil Warnock’s side don’t offer much of anything really, lacking a creative spark and also lacking defensive cohesion for the majority of the season. Against a Leicester side brimming with confidence, it is hard to see anything other than a home win, and Leicester could well be on their way before half-time.
Huddersfield are in major trouble. The Terriers have lost every game in the month of December in a run that has seen them slip to the foot of the Premier League table.
Fulham, on the other hand, have reason to be cautiously optimistic. The Cottagers finally recorded a clean sheet in the Premier League at the 18th attempt and followed that up with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Wolves. While two points out of six is still not brilliant, it represents a drastic improvement.
The most significant statistic to take away from Fulham’s last two games is the concession of just one goal in 180 minutes of football. Compared to 42 goals in the 17 games previous, that newfound defensive solidity will surely be welcomed with open arms.
Considering Huddersfield have an apparent fear of scoring goals, Fulham’s improved defence should be aiming to keep a second clean sheet of the season on Saturday. Huddersfield have scored just 12 goals at the halfway stage of the season, by far the lowest in the league. One goal should be enough for Fulham in what is already a relegation six pointer.
Odds correct at time of posting.