Tottenham Hotspur arrive into this game in a very good run of form with six league wins on the trot. Bournemouth will attempt to test Mauricio Pochettino’s sides home form which has been immense this season – with only Liverpool and Leicester City managing to leave White Hart Lane with a point apiece, Spurs have won their last 11 league games at the Lane. A record they will be hoping to keep in what looks likely (yet to be confirmed) the final season the Lilywhites will spend at their famous old ground.
Tale of The Tape:
Upon being eliminated from the Europa League, Spurs have marched into a great run of form which has seen them climb up to and consolidate second place, whilst qualifying for the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
On the other hand, Bournemouth are winless in their last three outings – Eddie Howe’s side have drawn two of their last three games, but arrive into this fixture on the back end of a 3-1 loss to Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium.
In the previous meeting between the two sides at White Hart Lane last season, Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs raced into a two goal within quarter of an hour, before Christian Eriksen netted a third in the beginning of the second half to guide Spurs into a 3-0 win over the Cherries. However, the two sides cancelled each other out earlier in the season as Bournemouth held Spurs to a 0-0 draw.
Erik Lamela and Harry Winks continue to be assessed, but remain out for the remainder of this season. However, Pochettino revealed that Danny Rose will begin ‘outdoor work’ next week on his road to full fitness. After missing two games with a back problem, Victor Wanyama trained as usual with the team this week and is available for selection again.
After coming off from the bench last weekend in the win against Watford, Harry Kane is likely to be called back into the starting XI. A big boost for Spurs ahead of their pursuit to end this season strongly in both the league and go all the way in the cup.
Callum Wilson and Andrew Surman remain long-term casualties for the Cherries. Jack Wilshere is expected to remain in midfield after starting in last Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane
Predicted Bournemouth XI:
Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Fraser, Arter, Wilshere; Pugh, Afobe, King
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Bournemouth
Whilst Bournemouth are going through a slight dip in form and Spurs ever so hungry to keep chasing Chelsea in their pursuit of the league title – on paper (key words: on paper!) this only looks to be ending in one way; another big home win for Pochettino’s side. With Kane back in the side, and Dele Alli, Eriksen and Son on top of their game; Spurs will be looking to put Bournemouth to the sword and complete another fine win at the Lane.
Come on you Spurs!!!