Bournemouth v Tottenham – Dean Court at 12:30 live on Sky Sports 1
Bournemouth host Tottenham at Dean Court this Saturday lunchtime in what should be a competitive contest. Spurs had the better of the Cherries last season, home and away and come into this match as favourites. I’m expecting a tighter match than in their meetings last year, but Tottenham offer some value on the Asian Handicap market.
Eddie Howe’s side have started the season well. They sit in 11th place on 11 points after 8 matches, W3 D3 L3.
Their home form has been particularly good, winning 3 of their 4 games at Dean Court, including wins over WBA, Everton and Hull.
They are well rested after a full week off, unlike their opponents and will come into the match full confidence after thumping the Tigers 6-1 last weekend.
Bournemouth are in good form, losing just one of their last six Premier League fixtures, a 4-0 reversal at the Etihad.
Howe seems to be getting the most out of his players. Wilshere, although not completing 90 minutes since his move from Arsenal, is looking bright. Callum Wilson, remains a real threat leading the line whilst Stalislas and Ibe offer real pace down the flanks.
The Cherries like to press high, with full-backs Smith and Daniels given freedom to push forward. They enjoy taking the game to their opponents, which will be no different against Spurs, but this can leave them vulnerable at the back. They’ve conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game in the EPL this season.
The hosts are also likely to be without Harry Arter this Saturday, after suffering a knee injury against Hull. If out, he will be a big loss for the Cherries.
They have the capabilities to find a way in behind the best defence in the league, but it will be very tough. I can’t see them keeping Tottenham out though.
As previously mentioned, Spurs defeated Bournemouth twice in the league last season. A 5-1 win at Dean Court was followed up by a 3-0 at the Lane. Bournemouth are looking a better side now and Tottenham have a couple of injury troubles.
Toby Alderweireld is out along with Harry Kane for Saturday’s encounter. It is the first time since his move over a year ago, that Pochettino will be without the Belgian defender. Eric Dier will likely drop back into defence as he did in midweek against Bayer Leverkusen. He is more than capable of playing in that position and will be glad of the games having been ousted from midfield by the impressive Wanyama.
Another issue Spurs have the deal with is fatigue. Whilst Bournemouth have had a full week’s rest, Tottenham played in Germany on Wednesday night and were made to work very hard, covering a lot of distance. It was a good point earned against Bayer, but it’s likely to take it’s toll even after 3 full days rest.
This is a very young and fit Spurs side though and one that are bang in form. They were held last week away to West Brom, but remain the only side unbeaten in the Premier League this season.
They boast the best defence, having conceded just 4 times in 8 matches and will be looking for 5th clean sheet of the season on Saturday.
The visitors are rightfully favourites here due to form and their supremacy over Bournemouth last season. Fatigue has to be considered, along with injuries, which is why Tottenham are available at even money for a win here.
It won’t be as easy for Pochettino’s side as it was last season. I’m expecting a hard fought match, and Spurs will have to be at their best defensively to keep the Cherries out.
For me they will have too much for Bournemouth, a single goal may just nick it, but at 2.0 they offer some real value.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Tottenham -0.5 at 2.00
Prices correct at time of writing.
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