Following a sturdy goalless draw in Leverkusen on Tuesday, Tottenham travel to the south coast in the hope of getting back in to winning ways and applying the pressure to their North London rivals Arsenal, and Manchester City. A win for Spurs will put them top of the Premier League, for at least a couple of hours. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth – following a 6-1 battering of Hull last weekend, stand in the way of Pochettino’s men.
Tale of the Tape:
Tottenham remain unbeaten in the league this term, they have won 4 of their last 5 including an impressive 2-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Spurs also have the best defence in the league this season so far by quite some way, only conceding 4 goals so far, and only 1 from open play.
Bournemouth have had a ‘mixed bag’ start to the season, having been victorious in the league on three occasions, drawing twice and losing three times. The football league’s success story of the past ten years began this term very slowly, not picking up a win until the fourth match; however, since the fourth game they’ve only lost one league match – 4-0 away at Manchester City. Off the back of their demolition of Hull last weekend, they’ll look to cause an upset against Spurs.
Spurs and The Cherries have only met twice in the Premier League, with The Lilywhites coming out on top on both occasions, 5-1 at the Vitality Stadium and 3-0 at The Lane last term. Tottenham however will take nothing for granted.
Harry Kane is still ineligible, despite returning to light training this week. Toby Alderweireld is possibly going to be fit and available for the match following the damaged knee he sustained against West Brom. Danny Rose took a knock to his foot versus Leverkusen in the week and will be touch and go right up until kick off.
Industrious Centre Midfielder Harry Arter is 50/50, as is Max Gradel. Brad Smith, Lewis Cook and Marc Pugh all remain unavailable with continuous injuries. Arsenal’s loaned midfielder Jack Wilshere is fit to play (I can’t believe it either) Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels are fit to play their former club.
Predicted Bournemouth XI:
Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Surman, Gosling, Stanislas, Wilshere, Ibe, Wilson
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Alli, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Janssen
Prediction: AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur.