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.
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.
L Cook (knee), Daniels (knee), Francis (knee), Rico (ankle), Stanislas (hamstring), Surman (calf)
Aurier, Lamela (both hamstring), Kane (ankle), Sissoko (groin, unknown), Vertonghen (concussion), Winks (groin)
Formation : 3-5-2
Boruc; S Cook, Ake, Mepham, Simpson, Lerma, Hyndman, Brooks, Fraser; Wilson, King.
Formation : 4-1-3-2
Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose; Dier; Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen; Son, Lucas Moura.
Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
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.