Fulham will be looking to continue their fight to avoid the drop as they travel to North London to take on Tottenham on Saturday.
Spurs still have an outside shot at Europa League qualification but will most likely finish the season empty-handed, opening the door for Fulham to record a shock result at White Hart Lane.
The Cottagers looked destined to be relegated a few weeks ago, but back-to-back wins against Aston Villa and Norwich suddenly have the West Londoners within three points of Premier League survival.
With four matches left to play, Tottenham present Fulham with their first opportunity to gather the points necessary to leapfrog Norwich and complete one of the most memorable battles against relegation in recent memory.
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 12:45 p.m. BST/7:45 a.m. ET
Venue: White Hart Lane
TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 for U.K. viewers and NBCSN Live Extra for U.S. viewers, with mobile coverage available via the BT Sport app and online player and the Live Extra service.
Spurs have faltered toward the business end of the 2013-14 season, losing three of their last six games, but will have one tremendous advantage over the visitors.
Lewis Holtby, Fulham's best player in recent weeks and the heart and soul behind the club's recent revival, will be unavailable for the Cottagers against his parent club. The German midfielder has been phenomenal in the role of conductor in recent weeks, and his presence in the centre of the pitch will be sorely missed.
As reported by the Evening Standard's Tom Collomose, Holtby would rather see his parent club lose on Saturday, even though he admitted the choice would be a difficult one. Holtby also elaborated on his situation with Tottenham and how he feels the rest of the season will play out:
It’s a tough game for me, because I’m on loan from Tottenham but Fulham need the three points more at the moment to stay up.
I signed a long contract at Spurs and I was hoping to have a long future at the club. I still believe in my quality and that I can play for Tottenham.
I was desperate to have some games. I hate being on the bench. I love being on the pitch and expressing myself and Fulham have given me the chance to play high-quality football in the Premier League.
Every game is exciting now and we believe we can win all four of those that remain. For example, we play Stoke on May 3 and they are essentially safe, so maybe they won’t be that tense.
Tottenham trail fifth-placed Everton by six points, and with just four matches remaining in the 2013-14 season, it seems highly unlikely the Lilywhites will be able to catch up with the Toffees.
Spurs seemingly have little left to play for, so it should come as no surprise people inside the club want coach Tim Sherwood to give chances to players he had previously ruled out.
The Telegraph's Matt Law reports Erik Lamela should be returning to action soon, and members of the club are pushing Sherwood to give the former Roma man playing time in an attempt to boost his confidence ahead of next season.
Harry Kane is another youngster receiving meaningful minutes late in the season. Sherwood has all but accepted he will be replaced as manager at the end of the season and is now fully committed to giving some of his youngsters extra playing time, according to Law's report.
But Kane, a product of the team's youth academy, has answered the call remarkably well, and the chance to prove himself seems to have done wonders for his confidence, as he told the Telegraph:
The fans like big signings and new players coming in, but there are home-grown players who have been there for years who wear the shirt with pride and want to prove themselves. It’s good competition. I feel I’m good enough to be here and good enough to play for Spurs in the Premier League. Hopefully, I’ve shown that in the last two games and I’m looking forward to the next matches.
The talented forward will most likely start against Fulham, as Tottenham have struggled with injuries late in the season. Per WhoScored.com, forward Roberto Soldado should miss this fixture with an injury, giving Kane another chance to shine.
Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen also won't be playing in this match, severely weakening Sherwood's back line.
Fulham have won two games in a row and seem to have momentum on their side coming into this fixture, but the loss of Holtby will be difficult to overcome.
Without the German midfielder controlling the pace in midfield and setting up his teammates, the Cottagers will be limited in their offensive output, and while the hosts have little left to play for, the individual quality of Spurs should be enough for the team to overcome Fulham's challenge.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Fulham
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