Full time: Manchester City 1-0 Brighton
Premier League: Raheem Sterling ballooned a late penalty over the bar but Phil Foden’s fine strike just before half-time was enough to secure all three points for Manchester City.
Those teams: Jose Mourinho makes four changes to the team that spanked Leeds 3-0 in their most recent Premier League outing, bringing in Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Sergio Reguilon and Moussa Sissoko. Steven Bergwijn is injured, while Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies are among the substitutes.
Scott Parker makes just one change to the Fulham side that drew with Southampton on Boxing Day. Kenny Tete replaces Ademola Lookman, who drops to the bench.
Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham line-ups
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Winks, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Sissoko, Kane, Son
Subs: Hart, Lamela, Alli, Moura, Vinicius, Bale, Alderwiereld, Doherty, Davies
Fulham: Areola, Tete, Aina, Robinson, Anderson, Adarabioyo, Anguissa, Reed, Loftus-Cheek, Cavaleiro, Decordova-Reid
Subs: Rodak, Hector, Kebano, Ream, Bryan, Kamara, Lookman, Onomah, Kongolo
Tonight’s match officials
- Referee: Paul Tierney.
- Assistants: Lee Betts and Harry Lennard.
- Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh.
- VAR: Craig Pawson.
- Assistant VAR: Stephen Child.
Early team news
Having rested several of his big name stars for Sunday evening’s FA Cup third round win over Marine, Jose Mourinho is expected to make numerous changes. He will have to plan without Giovani Lo Celso, who is out with a hamstring injury, while Steven Bergwijn could also miss out with a knock. Pierre Emile Hojbjerg is also carrying an injury but may well be risked. Erik Lamela, who has not featured for Tottenham since being photographed breaking Covid regulations, may return.
Scott Parker has no injury concerns and also rested several players for Fulham’s FA Cup win over QPR on Saturday, a day when Josh Onomah, Kenny Tete and Terence Kongolo all returned from spells on the sidelines.
Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham
Rearranged at short notice after an outbreak of Covid-19 precluded Aston Villa from fielding a team for their scheduled match against Spurs, tonight’s match goes ahead despite Fulham boss Scott Parker’s reluctance to play the game with less than three days notice.
Originally scheduled for 30 December, this match was postponed a couple of hours before kick-off due to postivie tests for the virus in the Fulham ranks. While Parker’s description of the decision to play this match tonight as “scandalous” suggests a healthy outbreak of perspective might be required at Craven Cottage in times we are all being forced to make sacrifices, his frustration is understandable. Of course it ought to go without saying that his complaints were greeted with predictable levels of scorn by Jose Mourinho.
Fulham go into this game third from bottom of the table and three points from safety, while their hosts are fifth, the same number of points behind Everton. Kick-off at White Hart Lane is at 8.15pm (GMT), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.