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Tottenham vs Fulham LIVE commentary: Table-toppers look to continue unbeaten start in derby – kick-off time, team news and how to follow


Oct 23, 2023
Tottenham vs Fulham LIVE commentary: Table-toppers look to continue unbeaten start in derby - kick-off time, team news and how to follow


Tottenham welcome the challenge of Fulham in a London derby clash tonight, live on talkSPORT.

Ange Postecoglou’s men are one of two top-flight sides still unbeaten this season and sit top of the table ahead of bitter rivals Arsenal going into this weekend’s games.

Tottenham sealed a big 1-0 win over ten-man Luton before the international break


Tottenham sealed a big 1-0 win over ten-man Luton before the international breakCredit: Getty

Spurs are playing without fear and don’t appear to be showing any signs of stopping.

However, Fulham did beat Tottenham earlier this year in the Carabao Cup on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

Marco Silva’s men can take confidence from that and beat Sheffield United 3-1 just before the international break.

Tottenham vs Fulham: Date and how to follow

This Premier League clash will take place on Monday, October 23.

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Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is scheduled for 8pm.

Adrian Durham will present talkSPORT’s exclusive coverage, with commentary coming from Sam Matterface and former Spurs and Cottagers midfielder Danny Murphy.

talkSPORT.com will also have a live blog to take you through all the action.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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Tottenham vs Fulham: Team news

Spurs’ squad is starting to be stretched, with Ivan Perisic, Manor Solomon and Ryan Sessegnon all out with long-term injury problems.

Rodrigo Bentancur also remains absent due to an ACL sustained last season, but he’s back in training.

Yves Bissouma is suspended for this game after being sent off against Luton Town last time out.

But in better news, Brennan Johnson is expected to be fit along with Giovani Lo Celso.

For the visitors, Tosin Adrabioyo is the only player who definitely won’t feature.

Adama Traore, Issa Diop and Kenny Tete all face late fitness tests.

Bissouma will have to sit this one out


Bissouma will have to sit this one outCredit: Getty

Tottenham vs Fulham: What has been said?

Spurs star James Maddison has praised Postecoglou’s management style.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “He’s a really good motivational speaker. He has this way about him, when he talks to a group of players, he’s almost like an alpha male.

“When he’s talking, everyone’s listening. You can’t even blink.

“The team talks he does normally the day before the game, or even the day of the game in the changing room, they get you going, they get you ready to go out and play.

“He’s demanding of you. He uses real-life stuff to compare to football.

“He relates it back to life and family. It makes you want to play, work and run for him. He’s got a natural talent.”

Silva's side have had a mixed start to the season


Silva’s side have had a mixed start to the seasonCredit: Getty

Tottenham vs Fulham: Match facts

  • Tottenham have won 13 of their last 15 Premier League games against Fulham, with the exceptions both coming in home games (0-1 in March 2013, 1-1 in January 2021).
  • Fulham haven’t scored more than once in any of their last 17 Premier League games against Tottenham (nine goals in total), since a 2-1 win in November 2008.
  • Tottenham have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League games played on a Monday (W11 D4), a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City in October 2018.
  • Fulham are without a win in their last 10 Premier League London derbies (D4 L6), including all four this season so far (D2 L2). The Cottagers have enjoyed just one win in their last 21 away games against fellow London clubs in the competition (D6 L14), a 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace in December 2022.
  • Tottenham have earned 20 points from their eight Premier League games under Ange Postecoglou (W6 D2 L0); a win over Fulham would see Postecoglou break the record for most points gained by a manager in their first nine Premier League matches (23), a record currently jointly held by Mike Walker and Guus Hiddink (both 22).
  • While Fulham have the oldest average starting XI age in the Premier League this season (29 years, 183 days), Tottenham have the third-youngest (24y 345d). Indeed, each of the six oldest starting XIs named for a Premier League match by any side this season have all been by Fulham.
  • Tottenham have attempted 153 shots in the Premier League this season, 20 more than any other side. They are averaging 19.1 shots per game, their most on record (from 1997-98) in any Premier League campaign (full season record of 18.4 per game in 2011-12).
  • Tottenham have scored three goals in the 90th minute or later in their last two Premier League home games, winning both matches thanks to added time winners. There have been just six occasions of a side netting in the 90th minute (or later) in three consecutive Premier League home games (most recently Leicester in January 2018), while no side has ever had three consecutive such matches won via a 90th minute goal before.
  • Only Rúben Dias has made more progressive carries (164) or covered more distance via progressive carries (1,822m) than Fulham’s Issa Diop in the Premier League this season (125 progressive carries, 1,460m).
  • No player has been involved in more open play sequences that have ended in a shot in the Premier League this season than Tottenham’s James Maddison (63 – 22 shots, 15 chances created, 26 in build-up). Indeed, no player has provided more assists in the competition this term than Maddison (5), although all of these assists have come away from home.

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