Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur
Date: Sunday, 25th October, 2015
Time: 14:05 BST
Venue: Dean Court, Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur return from UEFA Europa League action on Thursday to travel to the south coast where they will take on newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were beaten 2-1 at Anderlecht three days before their Premier League game. The hosts have had much longer to recover from their 5-1 thrashing at Manchester City last weekend, and to prepare, having not played midweek.
Bournemouth start the weekend only two points above the relegation zone and having lost five of their nine Premier League matches. Tottenham are still unbeaten since their season opener, having drawn 0-0 at home to Liverpool last weekend.
Many have Tottenham as the favourites to win this match but they have not always been the best after Europa League action. The Premier League tips for Spurs give them an outside chance of finishing the weekend in the Champions League places with a victory in this game and results elsewhere going their way.
Bournemouth’s home record isn’t great – beaten by Aston Villa, held by both Leicester City and Watford, but they did manage to beat bottom of the league Sunderland at Dean Court. That’s five points against four teams of whom three are currently in the bottom six.
Spurs have drawn their last three games in all competitions since thrashing Manchester City 4-1 at White Hart Lane in late September. However, given Pochetinno’s reaction after the defeat to Anderlecht, you’d expect a big response from the Spurs player on the weekend. If you’re betting on the game, use this free bet offer from Coral to back Spurs to win and move back up the league table.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham Team News
Bournemouth team news
A thigh injury kept Artur Boruc out of last weekend’s trip to the Etihad and the Polish goalkeeper remains a doubt heading into this weekend. Adam Federici could start between the sticks once again.
An ankle injury will keep Tommy Elphick out until the Christmas period, whilst Tyrone Mings has managed just 11 minutes of Premier League action this season and is out with a knee injury.
The exciting Max Gradel has been out since the end of August with a knee injury and last season’s top scorer Callum Wilson is ruled out for the season.
Tottenham team news
Mauricio Pochettino still has a few absentees in his midfield. Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb continue to be doubtful over their returns, whilst Nacer Chadli is expected to be out for around six weeks.
A foot injury has kept Heung-min Son out of action for the past couple of games.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham possible starting line-ups
Bournemouth: Adam Federici, Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Sylvain Distin, Charlie Daniels; Adam Smith, Dan Gosling, Andrew Surmon, Matt Ritchie; Eunan O’Kane; Glenn Murray
Tottenham: Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Eric Dier, Mousa Dembélé, Érik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Clinton N’Jie; Harry Kane
Bournemouth vs Tottenham: Key Stats
4 – Tottenham have kept four clean sheets in their last six Premier League matches.
7 – Bournemouth have scored in each of their last seven Premier League matches.
75% – Nine of Christian Eriksen’s last 12 Premier League goals have come in away games.
Prediction: Bournemouth 0-2 Tottenham
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