Bournemouth vs Tottenham: Match Preview

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Tottenham have not claimed a top-four spot just yet but their thoughts will undoubtedly be on Wednesday’s Champions League return leg in Amsterdam, where they will have to overcome a 1-0 deficit to progress to a first Champions League final. However, they must turn their attention towards the clash with Bournemouth this Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino said “finishing in the top four is our priority too”,  and a win will almost guarantee Spurs’ position in next year’s Champion’s League draw.

Eddie Howe’s men currently sit 14th after following the demolition of Brighton with a surprising defeat to relegated Fulham and a breathless 3-3 draw at Southampton, having already comfortably made sure of another season in the Premier League.

Form

Bournemouth – DLWLL

The Cherries have only won once in their previous six games collecting just 5 points out of a possible 21. But, Bournemouth boasts a prolific strike-force in Callum Wilson and Joshua King and, despite having little left to play for this term, will be looking to take advantage of the potentially distracted visitors.

Tottenham – LLWLL

The north London club is now severely feeling the effects of no summer signings, late World Cup returnees, multiple injuries and fatiguing players. Having just 3 points from a possible 18.
Although still in a strong position to secure a place in the top four, Spurs seem to be limping over the finish line as a long season in both Europe and the league catches up with them.

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Injury/Suspensions

Bournemouth

L Cook (knee), Daniels (knee), Francis (knee), Rico (ankle), Stanislas (hamstring), Surman (calf)

Tottenham

Aurier, Lamela (both hamstring), Kane (ankle), Sissoko (groin, unknown), Vertonghen (concussion), Winks (groin)

Probable Lineups

Bournemouth

Formation : 3-5-2

Boruc; S Cook, Ake, Mepham, Simpson, Lerma, Hyndman, Brooks, Fraser; Wilson, King.

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Tottenham

Formation : 4-1-3-2

Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose; Dier; Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen; Son, Lucas Moura.

Stadium

Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Possible Outcome

Tottenham will attempt to push Champions League semi-final thoughts to one side as they return to domestic action. They could secure their Champions League birth with a win against Bournemouth.

Kane will be a big miss for Spurs and they don’t have anyone clinical up front. But we expect Spurs to get a result at Bournemouth.

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