Struggling Fulham were given a lifeline in their fight for Premiership survival with a 1-0 victory over Norwich last weekend. The win put them within two points of their relegation rivals who parted with their manager only last week and now face a daunting run-in.
Fulham have really been through the mill this season and Felix Magath is the third manager to be saddled with the task of keeping them in the Premier League. Dutchmen Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen have both been despatched this season. The former Bayern Munich boss has quickly won over the fans with his seemingly calm approach to the crisis and the Norwich win has given the club renewed optimism.
This weekend they make the short trip to White Hart Lane to face London rivals Tottenham. A few weeks ago their chances would have been regarded as remote but, with Spurs playing erratically, they must now regard this as an opportunity to pick up further points. Fulham have now won three of their last five matches under Magath having also defeated West Brom 1-0 and Aston Villa 2-1.
They led Tottenham 1-0 at Craven Cottage back in December but succumbed to late goals from Chiriches and Holtby to surrender the points. Hugo Rodallega has struck in the last two games whilst the experience of Heitinga and Hangeland has helped to tighten up the defence.
Tottenham are currently battling for a Europa League spot but dropped two points at West Brom last week in a 3-3 draw. Seventh placed Manchester United have Spurs within their sights as the season drawers to a close. Spurs? matches are currently averaging five goals a game, although they are shipping as many as they are scoring.
After folding tamely 4-0 against Liverpool at Anfield, Tottenham responded to conceding an early goal at home to Sunderland by scoring five. Manager Tim Sherwood could not hide his disappointment at only getting a draw at West Brom last week, despite his side recovering from 3-0 down. He has not given up on a top four finish, although that looks a tall order with Arsenal and Everton both in winning form.
According to newspaper gossip, Louis van Gaal has already been lined up to take over from Sherwood in the summer. The Holland boss is set to leave his post after the World Cup and it is believed that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has already been in discussions with him.