Tottenham Hotspur faced a make-or-break game against Manchester United this weekend following a crushing 6-0 loss to Manchester City, a week and a half ago. The resulting 2-2 draw against the Red Devils left things at status quo without helping Spurs close the gap on the table keeping them out of Champions League places. However, the game revealed a new tactical structure that seemed to unleash better play out of Paulinho, Aaron Lennon, and Sandro--promising signs for the future.
Today sees Spurs travel to Southwest London to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Cottagers are struggling mightily so far, sitting in 18th place in the table. The team has gone through a managerial switch this week, with Rene Meulensteen replacing the struggling Martin Jol. Fulham has lost six consecutive league matches, marked by generally abysmal defense. The top players remain in attack, as Bryan Ruiz, Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent, and Pajtim Kasami all pose scoring threats. And the game will mark Scott Parker's first match against Spurs since departing this offseason.
As for the Prediction League, Mechanick has taken the league after foreseeing a draw against United. The rules remain the same in the Prediction League--one point for a correct prediction and a bonus point for getting the score correct. Here are the current standings:
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This week's predictions:
Ed: This would be the perfect match to claim a heavy win, putting a full stop to our bad form and the press's mistreatment of AVB and getting our season back on track again. 2-1 Fulham
Kevin: Ed is the worst. 2-0 Spurs.
Mechanick: Spurs take advantage early, but can't make continue against a shaky Fulham defense improved under new management. 1-0 Spurs
Ryan: Your face smells like peppermint! 2-1 Spurs.
The Roosevelts: I live in what is literally called a cottage, it's a 100 year old shithole and is utterly Unintimidating. Much like Fulham. 3-0 Spurs
Ashlock: This is going to be a very Cardiff-esque match. Unfortunately, a Paulinho backheel in the 92' won't be the difference. It will be a 20-yard volley from Dimitar Berbatov in the 73'. 1-0 Fulham
Lennon's Eyebrow: 2-0 Spurs. Fulham are total garbage.
Petrilli: 2-1 Spurs.
Uncle Menno: Fulham are not good and just fired their manager. So I expect it'll be close and Stecklenburg will make 19 saves. 2-1 Spurs.
MCofA: Spurs 2-0. Fulham are very, very bad at defense.
The Sleeper's Sleep: Fulham have an proto-Elizabethan cottage, Dimitar Berbatov, a statue of Michael Jackson, and an owner who waxes his mustache unironically. It's like a nightmare version of EuroDisney, only with more visitors. 3-0 Spurs.
Skipjack: Spurs 3-1, leaving Ed sitting alone on his couch, tissues in hand, unsatisfied and unfulfilled.