Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth welcome high profile opponents from the capital as Tottenham Hotspur who will be looking to put the Champions League exit behind them, travel to South Coast of England to face the cherries this Sunday in the English Premier League.
The home side, Bournemouth played a 1-1 draw away at Leicester in their last league game. This was their third straight league game without a win after a run of two successive league wins. However, the Cherries have only lost their last 10 Premier League games, winning four and drawing five.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham lost 1-2 at home against Juventus in the midweek, which ended their impressive run in the Champions League this season.
The defeat against the Old Lady ended a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions for the Spurs. In the Premier League, Spurs are victorious in their last 11 games. They have won all of their previous three league games without conceding.
Tottenham are currently fourth in the league table with 58 points. They are five points above London rivals, Chelsea who are now fifth.
The high flying Spurs are just two points behind Liverpool at third. Meanwhile, Bournemouth are currently 12th in the table with 33 points on board. They are only six points above the relegation zone.
Bournemouth have lost four of their five Premier League meetings with the London side, with the exception being a 0-0 draw in this exact fixture last season.
Spurs’ only defeat against Bournemouth in any competition was in their only non-Premier League meeting with them; a 1-3 loss in the FA Cup in February 1957.
Players to Watch
Joshua King (Bournemouth)
Joshua King has been directly involved in seven goals in the league this season, scoring four and assisting three. King also scored a penalty in the last game.
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Harry Kane has scored six goals in his four Premier League games against Bournemouth, including a hat-trick on his last visit to the Vitality Stadium.
There are concerns over the fitness of Jordan Ibe (hamstring) and Ryan Fraser (knock). Marc Pugh (calf) is also out of thid.
Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) is back in training. Eric Dier is doubtful after injuring his elbow in the midweek.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham Lineups (Predicted XI)
Bournemouth Lineup (3-4-3)
Defense: Francis (RCB), Cook (CB), Ake (LCB)
Midfield: Smith (RM), Cook (RCM), Gosling (LCM), Daniels (LM)
Tottenham Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defense: Aurier (RB), Sanchez (RCB), Vertonghen (LCB), Davies (LB)
Midfield: Dembele (CDM), Wanyama (CDM), Son (RAM), Eriksen (CAM), Alli (LAM)
Bournemouth vs Tottenham Prediction
No team has picked up more points in the Premier League than Spurs in 2018. The lily-white have not lost a league game since losing against leaders, Man City, in December.
Bournemouth have a record of conceding at least one goal in 15 of their last 16 Premier League games, with the only shutout coming in a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge. With their poor defensive record in mind, they might struggle to keep Harry Kane and company at bay. Kane has already scored 13 Premier League away goals this season.
Furthermore, Bournemouth have failed to score in any of their last four league meetings against Spurs. We expect the run to continue. Our prediction for this game is a 4-0 win for Tottenham Hotspur.