Spurs will travel to face Bournemouth in the Premier League as they look to keep their hold on third place.
Spurs faced Ajax in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday, and the Dutch side won 1-0 in London. Mauricio Pochettino’s side has work to do next week, but the focus shifts to the Premier League for now.Embed from Getty Images
Last weekend’s results elsewhere in the Premier League mean that Pochettino’s side is still in third place. Spurs hosted West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where they had won all their games. The Hammers claimed an upset win, as Michail Antonio became the first opposition player to score at the new stadium. That loss was a significant dent for Spurs, but the teams around them did them a favor.
Arsenal lost 3-0 to Leicester City, and Chelsea and Manchester United drew in their clash at Old Trafford. Spurs are two points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea, and Arsenal are a further two points behind in fifth. That four-point buffer is a healthy one, and Pochettino will be confident of making the top four for yet another season. A win against Bournemouth will be the perfect warm-up for the second leg, and it will also essentially lock up the top-four spot.
Bournemouth are comfortable in mid-table, and they are in 14th place. A finish in the top half is out of their reach, but Eddie Howe will want to round off the season on a positive note. The Cherries started the season well, but their performance faltered in the late-season games. Despite this, Howe has continued to impress in his fourth Premier League season, while not compromising on his philosophy.
They have won just once in their last five Premier League games. That win was a 5-0 thrashing of Brighton three weeks ago. Southampton were their opponents last week, and the game ended in a pulsating 3-3 draw. Callum Wilson scored twice, which took his tally for this season to 14 goals. Ryan Fraser has played a brilliant second fiddle to him, and the diminutive winger now tops the assist chart with 13.Embed from Getty Images
This game will be the final one at the Vitality Stadium, and Howe will be keen to give his fans an excellent performance. If head to head records are anything to go by, Bournemouth won’t have much of a chance. Spurs won 5-0 at Wembley in the reverse fixture, and the Cherries had no answer on that day.
Dan Gosling and Nathaniel Clyne are both injury doubts for Bournemouth, which adds to an already lengthy injury list. Spurs’ also have problems in this department, as Jan Vertonghen came off against Ajax due to a head injury. Son Heung-min will return though, as he was banned for the European encounter.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction
Bournemouth will fancy their chances against a depleted Spurs side, and we should see goals in this one. The total goals should be more than 2.5, and both sides have a high chance of scoring.
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