Saturday, October 21, 2017

Tottenham 4 – 0 Bournemouth: Five Things To Know

Tottenham Hotspur kicked off Matchweek 33 in the English Premier League in dominant fashion.  The Spurs hosted Bournemouth looking to put pressure on Chelsea, and they did with relative ease thanks to a 4-0 win that saw them dominate the contest from start to finish. Goals from Moussa Dembele and Son Heung-Min in the first 20 minutes put the Spurs in control, and Harry Kane added a third one three minutes into the second half. Vincent Janssen closed things out with a strike of his own on stoppage time.

Here are five things to know about the Spurs’ dominant win this Saturday.

Spurs inching closer to top spot

Following their win, Tottenham urged Chelsea to secure a positive result against Manchester United on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino’s men moved up four points behind the Blues in the Premier League standings, and with only six games left on the schedule, another loss for the Blues could make things spicy.

Tottenham dominated from start to finish

Not only the Spurs netted twice in the first 20 minutes, but it is safe to say they controlled the game entirely. They led on total shots 24 to five, had almost 70% of possession (69 to 31) and won 13 corners against one on Bournemouth’s side. It was an absolutely dominant performance where they outclassed their opponents.

Harry Kane continues his torrid form

Kane added another goal to his tally, and the towering marksman now has 20 during the current Premier League campaign. However, it seems Kane has stepped it up of late with six goals and two assists over his last four EPL appearances. Kane has 25 goals in 31 appearances for the Spurs across all competitions, and there is no question he is one of the deadliest strikers in Europe right now. His excellent form has been key for the Spurs, who seem to be the only real threat Chelsea have in their EPL title quest.

Bournemouth’s visiting woes continue

The Cherries have struggled away from home, and they are currently riding an eight-game winless streak following this defeat. They will have a golden chance to snap their streak in their next road game, though, as their next fixture away from home will be against a Sunderland side that could well be relegated by the time both clubs meet on April 29.

What’s next for both teams?

Tottenham did their job and they will have another chance to get closer to Chelsea next week, when they visit Crystal Palace on April 26. On the other hand, Bournemouth will host Middlesbrough next Saturday.

Tottenham 4-0 Bournemouth

Tottenham: Lloris (6); Walker (7), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (8), Davies (7); Dier (7), Dembele (8); Eriksen (8) (Janssen (7)), Alli (7) (Sissoko (-)), Heung-Min (8); Kane (9) (Wanyama (-))

Unused Subs: Wimmer, Lopez, Onomah, Trippier

Bournemouth: Boruc (8); Smith (6), Francis (5), Cook (6), Daniels (5); Stanislas (5) (Fraser (5)), Arter (5), Wilshere (6) (L. Cook (6)), Pugh (5); King (5); Afobe (6) (Mousset (5))

Unused Subs: Mings, Cargill, Allsop, Gradel

Goals: Dembele (16′), Heung-Min (19′), Kane (48′), Janssen (90+1′)

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 31,943

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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