LIVE: Fulham vs Tottenham

LIVE: Fulham vs Tottenham

23′ Alderweireld needlessly slams through the back of Maja in the air to offer the hosts some form of respite. Mourinho’s team look like they could score every time they go forward at the minute. Down the other end, Maja thinks he is in on the end of Andersen’s long pass but the ball just evades him and races out for a goal-kick to the away side.

21′ After chances falling to Bale and Kane, it was hard to not see Spurs opening the scoring sooner or later. Whether the goal is credited to Alli or not, he will be delighted to have made an instant impact in just his second start of this Premier League campaign.

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19′ A touch off the back of Alli seems to have slowed down the counter-attack. However, once the midfielder retrieves possession, he plays out to Son, who returns the favour by finding Alli in the area to open the scoring.

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19′ GOALLLLLL!!! 1-0 SPURS! Alli receives the ball just past the halfway line and finds Son on the left. The South Korean goes onto his left foot, drilling across the face of goal, where Alli produces a smart flick to turn it past Areola with his right foot. It looks like it has taken a deflection off Adarabioyo on the way in so that could be one for the dubious goals panel.

18′ CHANCE! Kane steers out to Son, who takes one touch and curls a cross with the outside of his foot back to his captain. The English forward is completely unmarked in the area but can only head into the hands of Areola from close range. A huge chance goes amiss for the visitors at Craven Cottage.

17′ OVER! Bale gets to take the free-kick, pulling rank over his captain Kane. The Welshman makes good contact with the set-piece, beating the wall but his effort sails over the bar and out of play for a goal-kick to the hosts.

16′ Ndombele has the freedom to coast through the middle of the park and Adarabioyo decides enough is enough, clattering into the Frenchman and bringing him down outside the area. Bale and Kane stand over the free-kick, which is in a good position, 25 yards from goal and slightly to the right.

15′ Kane throws himself to the floor under the pressure of Adarabioyo but the referee isn’t interested as he insists play goes on. With Bale making a forward run ahead of him, it seem a strange decision for Kane to go down so theatrically there.

13′ Reed plays a simple pass to Loftus-Cheek but the midfielder can’t sort his feet out quickly enough on the edge of the area and Hojbjerg dispossesses him. The away side then appear content to work the ball around the back as they remain patient in looking for an opening.

12′ The visitors have failed to win any of their four Premier League games in midweek this season (Tues, Weds, Thurs), losing three times (D1) – their last such victory came back in July against Newcastle (3-1).

11′ In the build-up to Bale’s chance, Alli caught Lemina late in the middle of the park in a crunching tackle and the Fulham midfielder requires some medical treatment before the game can carry on. After a brief stoppage, Lemina returns to the field and play resumes as normal.

10′ SAVE! Son cuts inside as Aina offers him far too much time to think and crosses towards the near post. Bale is there, just like he was against Burnley for the first goal, but fails to make sufficient contact and it is easy for Areola to save with his feet.

9′ Lookman bounces off the tackle of Alderweireld, gliding to the right of the area, where he looks for the run of Maja. The two Fulham attackers are on different wavelengths, however, as Maja stands still and watches Lookman’s pass trickle out for a goal-kick.

7′ Reed pretends to shoot but instead plays in Lookman with a reverse pass down the left-hand side of the box. Lookman, who has escaped the attention of Sanchez, then fails to capitalise as his first touch is heavy and collected by Lloris inside the area.

6′ Hojbjerg steps in in midfield, playing to Kane, who finds Bale on the right-hand side. The Welshman rushes into the area, however, his right-footed effort gets blocked before it can trouble Areola in the Fulham goal.

5′ Lookman drifts inside Alli, racing towards the byline and pulling back for Robinson. The left-back can’t work it onto his stronger foot, eventually shooting with his right foot and the American’s strike goes well wide of the target.

4′ Bale hesitates on the ball, losing out to Loftus-Cheek near the left-hand touchline. The Welshman then combines with Hojbjerg to hack down Loftus-Cheek and the visitors get a free-kick wide on the left-hand side, which Reed takes but no one is there to meet the cross.

2′ Loftus-Cheek beats Ndombele with ease in midfield, reaching the right of goal, where he scuffs his shot. The visitors clear out to Lemina, whose right-footed long-range effort is wild and blazes over Lloris’ goal.

1′ Referee David Coote blows his whistle to get this Premier League fixture underway!

The players are making their way onto the Craven Cottage pitch and shortly it will be time for kick-off.

The Cottagers have won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches against Spurs (D3 L10), winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane in March 2013 under former Tottenham manager Martin Jol.

Alli starts for the first time since the opening day of the season as Jose Mourinho also makes three alterations. The other changes see both full-backs, Serge Aurier and Reguillon, drop out for Doherty and Davies. After an impressive performance against Burnley, it comes as no surprise that Bale once again starts.

Scott Parker has no fresh injury problems but opts for three changes from last game. Robinson replaces Tete at full-back, Lemina comes in for Zambo Anguissa to partner Reed and Cavaleiro is preferred ahead of De Cordova-Reid.

SUBS: Harry Winks, Sergio Reguillon, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Japhet Tanganga, Moussa Sissoko, Carlos Vinicius, Joe Hart, Eric Dier.

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Matt Doherty, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies; Pierre-Emilie Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele; Dele Alli, Gareth Bale, Son Heung-Min; Harry Kane.

SUBS: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Terence Kongolo, Tim Ream, Kenny Tete, Joe Byran, Fabri, Josh Onomah, Bobby De Cordova-Reid, Aleksandar Mitrovic.

FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Alphonse Areola; Ola Aina, Tosin Adarabioyo, Joachim Andersen, Antonee Robinson; Mario Lemina, Harrison Reed; Ademola Lookman, Ivan Cavaleiro, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Josh Maja.

The Cottagers remain on the tail of 17th-placed Newcastle United, three points behind safety as it stands. Most recently the hosts were held to a goalless draw with Crystal Palace. The visitors sit in eighth, six points away from the Champions League spots and crushed Burnley 4-0 last time out.

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