Spurs are to attack from the very first minute
Last updated: March 17, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||White Hart Lane|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Tottenham Hotspur are to host Bournemouth on Sunday in a 31st Premier League round match. Spurs are in a must-win situation. They have real chances to win the title, but Tottenham are 5 points behind Leicester City at the moment. Spurs are on a good run – they won 7 of their last 9 Premier League matches. In addition, Mauricio Pochettino’s players have lost only 2 of 15 games at White Hart Lane this season. So, they are expected to win again.
On the other hand, Bournemouth won their last 3 games in The Premiership and have collected 38 points. They kept a clean sheet in 2 of their last 4 league games. So, we can say that The Cherries have almost secured their place in the Premier League for next season. But they certainly will fight for every single point until the end of the campaign.
Spurs smashed Bournemouth 5-1 at The Vitality Stadium earlier this season. Even though Matt Ritchie opened for The Cherries in the 1st minute of the match, Harry Kane (3), Dembele and Lamela secured the three points for Tottenham Hotspur.
Jan Vertonghen is still injured for Tottenham. The Belgian international defender is suffering from a knee injury and will return to the pitch in April.
Harry Arter of Bournemouth is suffering from an ankle injury. The midfielder received the injury in the match against Southampton (2-0).
One of the key players for Eddie Howe – Junior Stanislas has a hamstring problem. He hasn’t appeared on the pitch since 27th February when he played against Watford.
Eddie Howe said that an April return is possible for Bournemouth’s leading goal-scorer Callum Wilson, who is suffering from a ligament injury.
Quotes of the week
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) : “We are in a good position. But there are eight games to play — 24 points. It’s a lot of points. We are in the race, and this is very important.”
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “We are fit, we are talented and have some really good players within the squad, but we do have that attitude and character which has defined the team.”
|Tottenham (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Wimmer, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane|
|Subs||Onomah, Son, Mason, Vorm, Alli, Trippier, Davies.|
|Bournemouth (4-4-1-1):||Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Smith, Francis, Gosling, Ritchie, Surman, Gradel, King, Afobe.|
|Subs||Federici, Pugh, Iturbe, Distin, O’Kane, Grabban, Elphick.|
|Injured:||Mings, Wilson, Stanislas, Arter.|
So far this season
|Tottenham this season||Bournemouth this season|
|8 (8)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (5)|
|5-1 vs. Bournemouth||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Norwich|
|5 (5)||(at home) Draws (away)||4 (4)|
|2 (2)||(at home) Losses (away)||6 (6)|
|1-2 to Newcastle||Biggest Defeat||1-5 to Tottenham and Man City|
|Kane (19)||Top scorer||Wilson (5)|
|Eriksen, Alli (8)||Assist Leader||Ritchie (6)|
|Y58, R0||Discipline||Y47, R1|
|6||Failures to score||9|
|17||Both Teams to Score Games||17|
|15||Over 2.5 Games||15|
|15||Under 2.5 Games||15|
- Tottenham Hotspur are undefeated in 26 of their last 29 Premier League matches. Spurs won 16 of these games, scoring 53 goals in total.
- Bournemouth have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League). The Cherries beat Swansea City 3-2 in the last round and almost secured their spot in the league for the next season.
- Spurs have kept a clean sheet on 10 occasions this season, while The Cherries haven’t conceded a goal in 7 games. Tottenham have the league’s best defence (24 goals conceded).
- There has been only one competitive game between Tottenham and Bournemouth. Spurs beat The Cherries 5-1 at The Vitality Stadium during the first half of the season.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|25/10/15||The Premier League||Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham||Ritchie 1′|