Bournemouth welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Dean Court in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs are favourites with the bookmakers to win, but they have fallen short on the road in recent weeks ahead of a meeting with a Bournemouth side flying on home soil.
Could Eddie Howe’s men achieve an upset and put a dent in Tottenham’s early title-chase as a result?
Cherries formidable at Dean Court while Spurs are travel-sick
Bournemouth have been in fantastic form at home this season. The Cherries boast three consecutive wins at Dean Court in the Premier League, beating Everton among others, while recently putting six goals past newly-promoted Hull City. They are a force to be reckoned with on home soil, having recovered well from a poor start to the campaign, and certainly have the tools to give Tottenham trouble.
Manchester City are the only side to beat Bournemouth in the Premier League since August, and Tottenham’s recent dip in form on the road will give the Cherries’ confidence of inflicting damage. Tottenham were minutes from defeat at the Hawthorns in last Satuday’s draw with West Bromwich Albion, and followed up the stalemate with another away draw against Bayer Leverkusen days later.
Improved Bournemouth defence can contain moderate Tottenham attack
Bournemouth have tightened up at the back considering how they’d started the season. The Cherries have conceded just one goal in their last three home games in the Premier League, and could well quell Spurs’ threat given the visitors have been far from prolific this campaign. Tottenham have scored just one more goal than Bournemouth in the league so far, so Eddie Howe’s men have reason to be confident.
The Cherries’ backline remains unchanged, with Charlie Daniels, Steve Cook, Simon Francis and Adam Smith playing in every Premier League game so far, and they’ll look to give Bournemouth a resilience to build on if they can keep Spurs at bay. Bournemouth’s open, attacking style has seen them on the wrong end of thrashings by the big Premier League clubs, but the Cherries will find the right balance given Tottenham’s threats.
Rather than invite pressure by sitting back, Bournemouth will try to be on the forefront by hassling the Spurs players as much as possible. A win for Eddie Howe’s men could see them move four places up the table. Bournemouth are 14/5 to win against Tottenham Hotspur at Dean Court this weekend, but can the Cherries deliver?