It doesn’t appear that Tottenham will be playing home matches at the new White Hart Lane any time soon, with a number of safety checks still needing to be confirmed at this shiny new stadium which means that Wembley continues to be the temporary home for the north London club.
It is likely to be a source of frustration to the thousands of supporters who were looking forward to coming back to the spiritual home, with the fans also bemused by their club being the only ones in the Premier League not to sign new players before the transfer window closed.
Mauricio Pochettino keeps his cards close to his chest on such matters, with the Argentine clearly happy to let his stock rise at this Premier League club before contemplating the prospect of a job with a Spanish club like Real Madrid or Barcelona, with those managerial roles coming available on a regular basis.
For now, Poch will attempt to create a Spurs team who can challenge for the Premier League title and their opening game saw a flurry of early goals at St James’ Park which saw the London team come out as 2-1 winners.
Who Are the Favourites?
As you might expect, Tottenham are favourites in the odds to collect another maximum haul in their Saturday afternoon clash against Fulham, although this is a London derby and we’re likely to see the Cottagers fired up for a return to Wembley Stadium after securing promotion at this very ground in May. Unibet have a Spurs win available at 3/11.
Slavisa Jokanovic has been backed in the transfer market this summer including the return of Aleksandar Mitrovic to the club, with the Serbian having some good scoring chances last weekend against Crystal Palace although the Eagles ended up landing the spoils by a 2-0 scoreline.
Fulham were an outstanding team in the Championship last season and rightly found their way into the top flight thanks to some wonderful football which culminated in a play-off final victory over Aston Villa although now comes the hard work of staying in the Premier League.
The Cottagers had six players making their debut last weekend and this fairly new-look team will look to contain attacking talents like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, while we might see Kieran Trippier returning to the starting line-up after being England’s standout player during the 2018 World Cup.
Will Temporary Stadium Cause Problems?
We did see Spurs wobble a few times at Wembley last season and the players will feel a tinge of disappointment that they aren’t beginning the season back at White Hart Lane rather than the national stadium. However, this hasn’t seemed to shift the odds too much at the best bookmakers for this week's game.
We saw Tottenham experience a few difficulties at this ground last season, especially in the first few weeks of the campaign and we’re likely to see Fulham set up shop defensively and look for Mitrovic to provide moments of difficulty for Vertonghen and Sanchez.
The draw price looks an interesting prospect, with the Wembley pitch likely to suit the type of style that Fulham like to adopt and it’s another opportunity to see how youngster Ryan Sessegnon, who’s 21/4 with Unibet to score at anytime, will fare at Wembley considering that the winger is likely to be back wearing an England shirt in the not-too-distant future after narrowly missing out on a World Cup spot for the Three Lions.