John Arne Riise wants Fulham to take advantage of Tottenham Hotspur’s hectic schedule when Martin Jol’s men head to White Hart Lane on Sunday (3pm).
Fulham’s scheduled Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea last weekend was postponed due to the Blues’ FA Cup with Budweiser participation, meaning the Whites haven’t been in action since the 2-2 draw at Sunderland on 2nd March.
Tottenham, in contrast, will have played three additional fixtures by the time they face the Whites and Riise is hopeful that Spurs’ busy run can work in Fulham’s favour.
“It’s one of the toughest matches because of the way they play and they’re in good shape,” Riise told the official website. “But they have a heavy schedule right now as they’re playing in the UEFA Europa League so hopefully they’ll be a bit tired.”
Not that Riise is expecting an easy afternoon in North London.
“They still have one of the best players in the league at the moment in Gareth Bale,” said Riise. “He can’t stop scoring and he’s a fantastic person as well. They’ve got Aaron Lennon on the other side too and good players all over the pitch. It will be nice to see Mousa Dembélé and Clint Dempsey again but it will be a very tough game for us. That’s the type of game we’ll go into to try and get at least a point.”
The fixture also represents the chance for Fulham to make amends after the somewhat harsh 3-0 loss to Spurs at the Cottage earlier this term.
“We should have won that game but somehow lost,” said Riise. “But every game has its own life and, as I said, they have a busy schedule, whereas we’ll have had a free weekend. We’ll train well and prepare our best for it and we look forward to it. It’s a derby and anything can happen.”