Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has had his say ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Bournemouth this evening.
The encounter at the Vitality Stadium is crucial for both sides for contrasting reasons with the North Londoners looking to secure qualification for European football next season while Eddie Howe’s side are battling against the drop.
Bournemouth are a team in disarray having lost seven of their last eight Premier League games, including each of their last five in a row. They’ve let in 21 goals in these eight games, scoring just seven in return.
Head coach Jose Mourinho will once again be without the services of Dele Alli due to a hamstring injury while Eric Dier serves the first of a four match suspension which was handed down by the FA yesterday. Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth are also out (Spurs official).
Owen highlighted Tottenham’s inconsistent form but still believes that they should have enough about them to pile more misery on the Cherries.
He told BetVictor: “Bournemouth can’t seem to buy a point for love nor money at the minute and the side that Eddie Howe put out to face Manchester United at Old Trafford had scored a miserly total of just eight goals between them all season. It was something of a surprise, therefore, to see them score twice against an in-form United. However, Bournemouth’s Achilles’ heel is more than just not scoring enough goals; it’s also conceding too many and so it proved again. Manchester United ran out 5-2 winners to leave Bournemouth second from the bottom of the table with matches against Tottenham, Leicester City, and Manchester City to come.
“Tottenham continue their inconsistent form and I can’t help but feel everyone at the club will be delighted to see the back of this season. Jose Mourinho will be looking to re-group and hopefully for his team to start next season in a more positive manner than they are finishing this one. One bright spot for Tottenham fans is that Harry Kane is back fit and scoring goals again.
“As much as I am hesitant to back Spurs given their inconsistencies, I would prefer to take another chance on them rather than back the Cherries who are extremely consistent albeit by getting beat every week at the moment.”
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