Thursday, September 19, 2019

Prediction: Bournemouth vs Tottenham

Verdict: Callum Wilson to score anytime

Best Odds: 13/8

Bookmaker: Bet365

Hoping to move one step closer to securing a top-four finish, Tottenham will travel to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.


Starting with the hosts, after playing out a dramatic 3-3 draw with South Coast rivals Southampton last weekend, it has been a sluggish end to the campaign for Eddie Howe’s side. Freefalling out of the top half of the Premier League table and eight points adrift with two games remaining, Bournemouth have now managed to record just one win in their last six top-flight appearances. A huge part of the Cherries’ struggles at the back end of the season has been their struggles at the Vitality. Suffering back-to-back home defeats against Burnley and an already relegated Fulham, they have equaled the club Premier League record of five successive home games without a win. More worrying, another defeat on Saturday would be the first time that Bournemouth have lost three consecutive Premier League matches on the South Coast since April 2016. While Bournemouth may have struggled at the back end of the season, leading goalscorer Callum Wilson has continued to impress. Bagging a brace at St. Mary’s last weekend, the England international has three in his last two and has been involved in 10 goals in his past nine Premier League appearances, scoring six and assisting four.

Team News

Bournemouth quartet David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Adam Smith and Dominic Solanke all face fitness tests.

Lewis Cook, Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis, Diego Rico, Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman remain out.


As for the visitors, suffering a 1-0 loss against Ajax in their Champions League semi-final first-leg in midweek, Tottenham are enduring their own sluggish end to the season. While Mauricio Pochettino’s side hold a four-point buffer from slipping out of the top-four, Spurs’ Argentinian boss has seen his side lose four of their last five matches across all competitions. Undoubtedly the biggest issues for Saturday’s visitors will be their continued issues outside of North London. The Lilywhites have remarkably lost eight of their last nine matches on the road, a run that stems back to the 20th of January. Even more worrying for the top-four contenders, Tottenham have lost their last five Premier League matches on their travels, including defeats at Southampton and Burnley. With attacking talisman Harry Kane still sidelined with an ankle injury and unlikely to feature before the end of the season, Pochettino will also be growing more concerned by his sides form in the final third. Aside from a last-gasp winner against Brighton last month, Spurs have recorded just one top-flight goal in over 300 minutes of actions.

Team News

Tottenham are without defender Jan Vertonghen because of the head injury he suffered against Ajax on Tuesday.

Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are still absent, but Son Heung-min and Vincent Janssen are available after missing the Ajax match.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in all seven Premier League meetings, winning six and conceding just two goals.
  • Spurs average 3.1 goals per game against Bournemouth in the top flight, their best record against any Premier League side.
  • Callum Wilson has been involved in 10 goals in his past nine Premier League appearances, scoring six and assisting four.
  • Fraser and Wilson have combined for 12 goals this season, which is the most by two players in a 38-match Premier League campaign.
  • Son Heung-min has scored five goals in his past four games against Bournemouth, his joint-highest tally against a single club along with Watford.


While Bournemouth might be very publically struggling with their form at the Vitality, Tottenham’s form on the road does not fare much better. With Mauricio Pochettino’s side losing eight of their last nine matches outside of North London and failing to record a Premier League away clean sheet since New Year’s Day, we’re backing an inform Callum Wilson to carry on his bright goalscoring run this weekend.

Verdict: Callum Wilson to score anytime

Best Odds: 13/8

Bookmaker: Bet365


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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