Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has given his score prediction ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash between Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs will be looking to put the disappointment of the 1-0 defeat to Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League semi final behind them with victory on the south coast which should more or less guarantee they finish third in the table.
One player Spurs will be looking for an improvement from is Christian Eriksen, the Dane has either scored or assisted a goal in six of Tottenham’s seven previous Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (3 goals, 4 assists). The only game in which he didn’t ended 0-0 in October 2016
Tottenham have lost 12 Premier League games this season, last losing more in a single campaign in 2008-09 (15). Only two teams have ever lost more than 12 Premier League games and still finished in the top four – Chelsea in 1997-98 (15) and Everton in 2004-05 (13).
Merson has tipped Bournemouth to cause a surprise and take Tottenham’s hunt for a top four finish to the last game of the season.
He told Sky Sports: “Tottenham need to get something, because if Chelsea or Arsenal pick up points that’ll make life difficult, but they’re still in the Champions League – they’re still in it, and I think the players will be a bit like they were against West Ham. They’ll be thinking about that game on the Wednesday.
“Bournemouth have a go. I watched them against Fulham and Fulham deserved it, they went to Southampton and were never in the game, but then got one of the goals of the season. They are hot and cold but they’ll cause problems and I think Spurs will rest players.
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