Competition: Premier League – Bournemouth vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Vitality Stadium – Saturday, October 22 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET)
Match Odds: Bournemouth 11/4 – Draw 13/5 – Tottenham 19/20
Bournemouth host unbeaten Tottenham Hotspur in this weekend’s early kickoff on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League. Both sides will come into the game optimistic as Bournemouth picked up a 6-1 win last weekend, while Spurs are yet to lose in the league.
The Cherries started the season slowly with no win in their first three fixtures but have picked up recently, winning three of their last five. Each of those wins have come at home, which serves as a good omen heading into the weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Eddie Howe has added strength in depth to his squad and additions such as Jordon Ibe from Liverpool and Jack Wilshere on loan from Arsenal could see them challenging for a top half finish this year, especially with results such as last weekend’s.
Spurs on the other hand, have their sights firmly set on the title. With a win on Saturday they would climb to the summit, if only for a few hours.
Playing in the Champions League midweek may affect their performance at the weekend, as historically, Spurs have suffered in league games that follow a European game midweek.Embed from Getty Images
There is a feeling there is still more to come from this exciting side under Mauricio Pochettino and a solid start to their season puts them in good stead going forward as they look to go better than last year’s third-place finish.
Spurs beat Bournemouth in both of last season’s meetings and thumped the Cherries 5-1 on the South Coast last October, so they are favourites for victory here again.
Bournemouth are waiting on Marc Pugh’s availability as he tries to shake off a hamstring injury. Harry Arter, Brad Smith, Max Gradel and Lewis Cook are all out and will not feature.
Spurs are without three key men as it stands. However, Danny Rose is a doubt with a foot injury picked up in the midweek champions league trip to Leverkusen. Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane are out with knee and ankle injuries respectively.
Bournemouth’s last five: W/L/W/D/W
Tottenham’s last five: W/W/W/W/D
Key Stat: Dominance – Tottenham have been winning at both half time and full time in their last four matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.
Key Player: Dele Alli – The English attacking midfielder has become a hugely influential player for both club and country in the last year and his equaliser last weekend against West Brom illustrated that he can turn up when it matters. We expect him to be influential once again here.Embed from Getty Images
Bournemouth 1-2 Tottenham – As mentioned, Bournemouth come into this one off the back of a 6-1 win last weekend and will take confidence into the game. However, this Spurs team should be too be too much for Bournemouth. They are unbeaten and have one of the most exciting teams in the country. Away win.