The two clubs couldn’t have enjoyed more contrasting weekends. Bournemouth hit Hull City for six to record their biggest-ever Premier League win whilst Spurs needed a last minute equaliser at West Brom.
With Jack Wilshere ready to face Spurs for the first time since his loan move to the south coast, is he the difference that Bournemouth need to record their first win over one of the Premier League’s ‘big boys’ this season?
Last weekend’s win against Hull was the first time in two years that the Cherries have hit six or more goals in a league match. Sitting comfortably in mid-table, they will be hoping to build on that and may feel they ‘owe’ Tottenham a result. Spurs put five past them at Dean Court in 2015/16’s Premier League match.
Eddie Howe’s men are aiming for their fourth consecutive home win and have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches. That was at Manchester City when they conceded four. Bournemouth will have to get a win the hard way. Lewis Cook, Max Gradel and Brad Smith all missed last weekend’s victory and look set to miss the Spurs match as well.
With a relatively thin squad already, Bournemouth may need someone to step up to the plate and drive them forwards. Yes, Jack Wilshere, we’re looking at you. On loan from Arsenal, he won’t need any better motivation that facing Tottenham to put in a massive performance. If he does, you will probably hear the cheers from the south coast all the way to the Emirates.
What a difference a fortnight makes. Lauded for their win over Manchester City, Spurs are finding questions asked of them. Is their title challenge another false dawn? Draws at West Brom and Bayer Leverkusen have cast doubts on the ability of the squad to weather the demands of the upper reaches of the Premier League.
Stretchered off at the Hawthorns, Toby Alderweireld is out for three weeks through a knee injury. Whilst Eric Dier almost seamlessly replaces the Belgian, he is a far more effective member of the Spurs line-up in the defensive midfield role.
Spurs are the only unbeaten side in the top flight and have the meanest defence. Their problem in Harry Kane’s absence is who will score the goals. Song Heung-min and Dele Alli have been doing well but they need others to take on their share of those duties.
FORM (Last five games – Premier League only)
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- Bournemouth’s current 9th place is their highest ever league position
- Spurs have won both the league meetings between the two sides
- Bournemouth have yet to beat a London-based club in a Premier League home match
- Spurs have kept 4 clean sheets so far this season, the best in the Premier League
- Bournemouth have hit the woodwork 8 times, the most of any Premier league team this season (With Boylesports all losing bets are refunded if either side hits the Crossbar during the game - Claim that offer with Boylesports here!
CURRENT MATCH ODDS [BEST PRICED ODDS]
HEAD TO HEAD
All meetings in this fixture
20.03.2016 Premier League Spurs 3 – 0 Bournemouth
25.10.2015 Premier League Bournemouth 1 – 5 Spurs
16.02.1957 FA Cup 5R Bournemouth 3 – 1 Spurs
There’s no doubt that Spurs are expected to win this game but the confidence Bournemouth will have taken from thrashing Hull shouldn’t be underestimated. However, the Cherries like to play football and that will suit the visitors. Without Harry Kane, Spurs are struggling in front of goal but with the defence difficult to breach, they don’t need to score often to win. It’s hard to see the Cherries taking more than a point from this fixture.
MY RECOMMENDED BETS
- Spurs to keep a clean sheet (15/8 with Coral)
- Spurs to win to nil (28/11 with Unibet)
- Dele Alli to score Spurs first goal (7/2 with Bet365)
- Jack Wilshere first player to be booked (10/1 with BetFred)
- Jack Wilshere as first goalscorer (18/1) or anytime goalscorer (13/2, both with Paddy Power)
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