Sunday, August 20, 2017

Prediction: Tottenham vs Bournemouth


Verdict: Spurs/Spurs

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: bet365

Tottenham Hotspur will attempt to place extra pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea by defeating AFC Bournemouth and many expect them to make it eight victories in a row. The Cherries slipped to danger zone as they were beaten by the Blues last weekend and they hope to edge closer to survival with a good result at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham

It is now clear that Mauricio Pochettino has turned Tottenham Hotspur into genuine title contenders, which is a great achievement when we know that sides like Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd and Arsenal harbour similar ambitions. With seven games to go, Spurs are the only side left in the title chase with their local rivals, although the seven-point gap is likely to prove too much. Tottenham are also the league’s in-form side having won last six matches, and the fact that key men Harry Kane and Victor Wanyama missed several matches during said run is enough to suggest this team have enough depth to combat everything but a serious injury crisis. Summer recruit Vincent Janssen was very close to scoring his second Premier League goal in the 4-0 hammering of Watford, but he will soon make way for Harry Kane, who returned from injury last weekend. Another good news is that Victor Wanyama is back in contention, so everything suggests that Spurs will record another landslide victory over weaker opposition.

Team News

While Harry Kane and Victor Wanyama have recovered from injury, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks remain in the treatment room.

Bournemouth

With six games to go, AFC Bournemouth seem to have all but secured Premier League survival, as the seven-point advantage over the bottom three should prove sufficient to stay alive. Sitting just two points behind 10th-placed Watford, the Cherries also stand a decent chance of achieving a top table finish, which would be a just reward for the work Eddie Howe and his men have put in this season. AFC Bournemouth managed to successfully avoid the relegation tussle, although an eight-match winless streak that lasted until a month ago threatened to ruin their campaign. The Cherries eventually ended the barren run as they recorded back to back wins over West Ham and Swansea, and then went on to share spoils with Southampton and Liverpool to further cement their place in mid table. The good run of results came to an end last week as AFC Bournemouth were beaten at home by Chelsea, and they now face an even tricker task against red-hot Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Team News

Eddie Howe will have Tyrone Mings back from suspension, but Dan Gosling is rated doubtful and Andrew Surman and Callum Wilson are our injured.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Spurs won four of five meetings with Bournemouth (D1)
  • The Cherries scored just once in those matches
  • Spurs are after their eighth consecutive win in all competitions
  • The Cherries won just one of last ten games on the road (D3 L6)
  • Spurs scored two goals or more in their last nine fixtures

Conclusion

Tottenham are on top of their game at the moment and with Kane and Wanyama back to the side, another comfortable win appears on the cards. AFC Bournemouth tend to struggle on the road and we just cannot see them getting anything from White Hart Lane.

Verdict: Spurs/Spurs

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: bet365

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