Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Bournemouth
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Sunday; March 20; 2016
Kick off: 16:00 GMT
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Tottenham Hotspur cannot allow a chastening defeat to Borussia Dortmund to knock their confidence ahead of this weekend’s clash with Bournemouth.
Mauricio Pochettino’s man can now focus solely on their pursuit of a first league title in 55 years with their involvement in Europe curtailed, though the Cherries will hardly be pushovers at White Hart Lane.
Bournemouth have won their last three games and have effectively secured Premier League football next term. Bournemouth are also unbeaten in their last five away matches and will pose a threat to Spurs.
Tottenham, who have 58 points, their best tally after 30 matches of a top-flight season since 1984-85 will be confident of getting the result that they need. The visitors are unbeaten in their last four league games, but causing an upset at White Hart Lane could be too much of an ask.
Tottenham’s Premier League record: P30– W16– D10– L4
Bournemouth’s Premier League record: P30– W10– D8– L12
Tottenham’s Recent form (All competitions): L-W-L-D-L
Bournemouth’s Recent form (All competitions): W-W-W-D-L
Head to Head Stats(Last 3 matches):
EPL 25-10-2015 Bournemouth 1 : 5 Tottenham
ICF 10-07-2010 Bournemouth 0 : 4 Tottenham
ICF 17-07-2009 Bournemouth 0 : 3 Tottenham
Tottenham team news:
- Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie have both resumed light training following injury, but will play no part for Spurs when they welcome Bournemouth to White Hart Lane.
- Ben Davies sustained a head injury following a nasty collision with Hugo Lloris on Thursday night and misses out for the home side. Eric Dier picked up a knock in the Europa League fixture, yet should be fine to feature.
- Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Kyle Walker were all rested for the defeat to Borussia Dortmund, but will start for Spurs on Sunday.
Bournemouth team news:
- Eddie Howe is once against without injured trio Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Junior Stanislas for the trip to Tottenham.
- Harry Arter is closing in on a return from an Achilles problem, but may not be fit to feature for Bournemouth until after the international break.
Tottenham Hotspur (from): Lloris, McGee, Vorm, Alderweireld, Davies, Dier, Rose, Trippier, Walker, Wimmer, Alli, Bentaleb, Carroll, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Mason, Onomah, Son, Winks, Kane.
AFC Bournemouth (from): Boruc, Federici, Bennett, Cook, Costa, Daniels, Distin, Elphick, Francis, Smith, Wiggins, Arter, Andrade, Atsu, Gosling, MacDonald, O’Kane, Pugh, Ritchie, Surman, Afobe, Grabban, Gradel, Iturbe, King, Murray, Rantie.
Match facts (via Opta):
- Tottenham Hotspur have lost only two of their last 16 Barclays Premier League matches at White Hart Lane (W9 D5 L2).
- Bournemouth have lost just one of their last nine league away matches (W4 D4 L1). That defeat came in north London though at the hands of Spurs’ neighbours Arsenal.
- These two sides have covered more ground on average per match than any other BPL team this season (Bournemouth: 117.0km, Spurs: 116.0km).
- Tottenham have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.
- Bournemouth have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3matches (Premier League).
- Only the current top two sides (Leicester – 34, Spurs – 33) have won more top-flight points than Bournemouth (28) since the start of December.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Bournemouth