Monday, June 18, 2018

Tottenham to boost title hopes with win over Bournemouth this weekend

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 11 Apr 2017


Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are second in the Premier League table.

Tottenham Hotspur host AFC Bournemouth at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, in a game that could see them cut the deficit to leaders Chelsea to four points with a win.

The Blues have a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United so there’s a real chance Spurs could make up ground in the title-race, something that should motivate them to see past a travel-sick Cherries side.

Spurs in the driving seat

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side are currently second in the Premier League table with 68 points from 31 games this season, coming off the back of six consecutive wins. The Londoners are doing everything to maintain the pressure on leaders Chelsea – who are currently seven points clear at the summit – and their formidable home form (16 games, 14 wins, 2 draws, 0 defeats) should see them over the line against Bournemouth.

No side have picked up more points in the Premier League than Tottenham Hotspur since August 2015 and the club are clearly focused to finish the campaign as strong as possible to capitalise on any slip-up from Chelsea. Their chances of a victory this weekend are greatly boosted with Bournemouth having an appalling away record too. Eddie Howe’s side have won just two of 16 games on the road in the division.

Cherries struggling of late

Bournemouth come into Saturday’s clash in poor overall form too. The Cherries are 15th in the Premier League with 35 points, having gone three games without a win. They are one goal away from conceding 60 in the top flight this season and have the third-worst defensive record on their travels (33). The two sides played out a goalless stalemate at the Vitality Stadium back in October, but Spurs’ home form makes victory a certainty.

Pochettino’s men will take nothing for granted but an attacking Bournemouth side who favour an expansive style of play is just what Tottenham want to be coming up against so they can exploit the space after turnover of possession. Victory for the Londoners this weekend would see them go just four points adrift of Chelsea with the leaders to play a day later, potentially disrupting their preparation due to cutting the deficit at the summit.

Tottenham Hotspur are 1/4 to win against AFC Bournemouth in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash. Will Spurs avoid an upset to narrow the gap to leaders Chelsea in the title-race? Anything less will surely gift-wrap the crown to Antonio Conte’s men


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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