Tottenham Hotspur travel to the South Coast tomorrow as they chase a Europa League spot against relegation candidates Bournemouth.
When and Where?
Kick-off, 6PM at the Vitality Stadium on 9th July.
The Cherries have been in dreadful form, having lost their last five league games, and Watford’s win on Tuesday night means they now sit four points off safety.
Eddie Howe has problems at both ends of the pitch as, since the restart, his side have only scored three, yet conceded 12.
Remaining fixtures against Spurs, Leicester City, Manchester City, Southampton and Everton mean Bournemouth’s five-year stay in the Premier League looks like it’ll be coming to an end.
Despite their inconsistent form, Jose Mourinho would’ve been delighted with his side’s defensive efforts, which saw them win 1-0 against Everton on Monday, where the main excitement came from teammates Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-Min having a fall out at half-time.
Spurs sit in eighth place but know a win tomorrow will see them go above rivals Arsenal ahead of the North London derby this weekend.
Dele Alli still has a hamstring strain and is expected to be rested before Sunday’s derby.
Eric Dier has been given a four-match ban after confronting a fan following their FA Cup exit to Norwich City in March.
Juan Foyth and Japhet Tanganga remain side-lined.
Bournemouth have a long list of injuries with Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis and Jack Stacey missing out.
Steve Cook is a big doubt and adds to Howe’s defensive injury woes.
Callum Wilson is back from suspension and will be hoping to fire his side out of the relegation zone come the end of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Bournemouth 30 Nov 2019
Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur 4 May 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Bournemouth 26 Dec 2018
Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur 11 March 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Bournemouth 14 Oct 2017
Despite Spurs losing on their last visit to the Vitality Stadium, I can see Mourinho’s side grinding out a comfortable victory and sending the Cherries even closer to the Championship.
Bournemouth don’t have enough firepower going forward and, having leaked nine goals in just two games, Harry Kane will be confident that he can add to his tally.
Bournemouth 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Match Preview written by Jon Bazley