Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
There will be fireworks when Fulham and Tottenham take on each other in the London derby in the EFL Cup round 2. The Cottagers did well to hold their local rivals Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the weekend and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Spurs. Last season’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic is no longer part of the team and, as a result, summer signing Raul Jimenez should continue to lead the line for the hosts. Calvin Bassey is banned for the match, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The visitors, on the other hand, continue life without new Bayern Munich centre-forward Harry Kane. Tottenham showcased their worth in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend and given their three-game winning run against Fulham, away triumph should be considered. The likes of Alfie Whiteman, Bryan Gil, and Hugo Lloris are injured for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg):
Born in Copenhagen, on the 5th of August, 1995, Hojbjerg has been playing football since the age of five. The Danish International spent his youth career playing for clubs BK Skjold, F.C. Copenhagen and Brondby IF. In 2012, he moved to Germany to sign his first professional contract with Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich.
After spending his first year playing for the Munich reserves, the midfielder made his maiden professional appearance the following season, in a Bundesliga game against FC Nurnberg on the 13th of April. Hojbjerg's next spell came at FC Augsburg, who signed him on a six-month loan from the Bavarians in January 2015. The same year, he scored his first-ever professional goal that came in a 2-1 away loss to Paderborn 07 on the 11th of April. The following season, he was loaned out again, this time to Schalke 04 for a whole season.
In a move that would mark the end of his stint in German Football, Hojbjerg joined Premier league club Southampton in 2016 on a transfer worth 13 million euros. He's currently on a five-year contract with the Saints. At the International level, the 24-year-old represented Denmark at every iteration of the youth level before making his senior debut on the 28th of May, 2014, in a friendly against Sweden.
Highlighted Team (Fulham):
Fulham are a club from London that play in the Premier League. The capital club dropped to the English second tier at the end of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign after failing to impress in the elite competition, but managed to return in season 2018/2019.
Fulham were founded in 1879 and they play their home matches at Craven Cottage. Fulham are the oldest-established club from the English capital to have played in the top flight.
Fulham finished the 2008/2009 Premier League campaign in seventh place in the standings and that is considered the team’s biggest success, speaking of their participation in the Premier League.
The Cottagers played in the Europa League twice and they did well to reach the FA Cup final in 1975, but they were beaten by their local rivals West Ham United in the title game (0-2). Chelsea are regarded as Fulham’s bitter rivals as well and the two teams take on each other in the North London derby.