Tottenham Hotspur Vs Afc Bournemouth
Mauricio Pochettino fielded a very strong side against Bournemouth, despite a big midweek game against Real Madrid in the Champions League. Ben Davies was out with illness, and so was Pochettino
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The back four played a hybrid, with Jan Vertonghen spending most of the time on the left. Dele Alli, who is still suspended in the Champions League, started today, Harry Winks joined Eric Dier in central midfield. Former Tottenham player (and fan favourite) Jermain Defoe started on the Bournemouth bench.
By now, most middle- and lower-league teams know the formula for getting a result against Spurs: put men behind the ball, defend deep, counter often, and deny Spurs passing paths. Eddie Howe showed that to Bournemouth early in the game. Churches gave Spurs plenty of time on the ball but didn’t give them many chances.
Spurs’ best chance of the first half came in the 17th minute when Christian Eriksen sent a cross into the box that Dele Alli headed over the bar.
In fact, Bournemouth had the top two chances early in the game. In the 18th minute, Josh King was left wide open at the top of the 18-yard box, but his powerful shot was cleared by Davinson Sanchez for a corner. Later on, Bournemouth almost capitalized on a goal when a ball broke loose from a Spurs defender and Hugo Lloris forced a save.
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Perhaps Spurs’ best chance of the first half came in the 33rd minute. Eriksen flicked a ball into the box at the oncoming Harry Kane, who couldn’t quite control the ball, and the resulting shot was saved by Asmir Begovic.
The first half was generally a fairly loose affair, with Spurs going into half-time 0-0.
The second half started with no changes from either side but it took just two minutes for Spurs to find the back of the net. Dele Alli found Christian Eriksen up in the box. Eriksen parried a weak challenge from Simon Francis and Begovic fired low to put Spurs 1-0 up.
Spurs had two great opportunities to double their lead mid-half but Kane was thwarted twice from close range by Begovic. Kane usually hides those shots, and it was an unusually quiet match for him. Kane was also called offside in the second-half goal.
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Bournemouth had a good chance which was thwarted by Jan Vertonghen. They eventually brought on Jordan Ibe and Jermain Defoe (who were warmly received by Spurs’ home crowd) but didn’t put together much offensively in the second half. Moussa Sissoko also replaced Kur.
Defoe had a chance in the 78th minute, but his low shot on target was only saved by Lloris from a corner. Eriksen came close to a second in the 82nd with a powerful shot from the edge of the box, but again Begovic was there to save.
Harry Kane eventually gave way to Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou made a low save to replace Dele Alli.
Spurs should have scored their second after Moussa Sissoko made a big mistake and sped down the right side of the field, but Dele Alli failed to get his header on target. N’Koudou was then brought down on the edge of the Bournemouth area by Asmir Begovic in a 4-on-1 Spurs breakaway. N’Koudou rose to prominence after some distraction from the Spurs squad; Free-kick conceded by Begovic.
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If you’re on mobile or viewing this via AMP and the poll below doesn’t appear here’s a direct link.Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to recover from poor form when they head to Bournemouth for a Premier League clash on Saturday travel . . . With Bournemouth also in the midst of a difficult period themselves, Spurs will be assessing their chances of victory.
Bournemouth faced a tough challenge under manager Gary O’Neil as they have not won their last three games. He had to accept two defeats in this run and fell back to the bottom half of the table.
The Cherries lost 2-0 to West Ham United in the Premier League. This result highlights their attacking problems this season as they failed to score for the second game in a row.
While Bournemouth have impressed under O’Neil, they go into Saturday’s clash at the Vitality Stadium with just one win in their last five games. Once again the goal problems were evident as they missed the net four times in that run.
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Tottenham Hotspur have also endured a rough patch in recent weeks and are on a similar streak with Bournemouth. They are without a win in their last three games in all competitions, suffering two defeats.
Despite the poor run, Tottenham Hotspur are still third in the table and manager Antonio Conte is keen to avoid losing further ground. In their last game in the Premier League, they lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle United before drawing 1-1 at Sporting CP in the Champions League on Wednesday.
While Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth have shown similar form lately, the visitors have been more attacking. Led by Harry Kane and his 10 Premier League goals, they have failed to score just once this season in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur are viewed as the absolute favorites by the bookies and are rated 7/10 by William Hill to claim the win. Bournemouth is on 22.5. at home at Unibet, while at Betfred the odds are 3.1.
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Tottenham Hotspur have an 8-1 lead over Bournemouth in their last 11 games with two draws. Spurs were unbeaten in this competition when the Cherries last played in the top flight of the 2019-20 season, winning 3-2 in London before drawing 0-0 at Vitality Stadium.
Harry Kane has been a standout player for Tottenham Hotspur this season and will look to add to his 10 goals to date. The forward has scored in six of his last seven Premier League games and is rated 6/5 by bet365 to continue his goalscoring streak.
Spurs didn’t concede a goal on their last visit to Vitality Stadium and with Bournemouth struggling for goals at home they will be another target. Cristian Romero and Eric Dier should play in central defense and could lead the visitors to a clean sheet with Coral at 7/5.
With Bournemouth’s scoring problems at home, a BTTS NO could be on the cards at 21/20 with BetVictor. With Spurs expected to come out on top, a win at BetVictor will rate more than 2/1.
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Seven of Harry Kane’s 10 goals this season have come as debutants and the forward made his debut on Saturday with a 10/3 at bet365.
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