Tottenham Aim To Complete Their Top Four Finish At Bournemouth Ahead Of Their Crucial Champions League Second Leg Clash With Ajax. Team News. Manager Comments. Stats and Prediction.
By: Marc Gingell
1-0 To The Opposition!
Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal used to be quite famous for 1-0 wins which resulted in a popular chant ‘1-0 to the Arsenal.’ Tottenham are now in their own 1-0 phase having just played out 4 1-0 games. But they’ve only won one when Christian Eriksen scored an 88th minute winner against Brighton. They lost at Manchester City and at home to West Ham and Ajax.
No Premier League Road Trip Wins For 103 Days
The fact that Tottenham are still sitting in third, despite their last win on the road against Fulham back in January 103 days ago, just shows how poor the other three teams chasing them have been. Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United could all have left Tottenham floundering in 6th place.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino is well aware of this and he will be keen to get the job done against Bournemouth to relieve some pressure ahead of Wednesday’s second leg in Amsterdam where Ajax, winning 1-0 on aggregate, are now favourites.
Bournemouth’s Treatment Room
Bournemouth’s treatment room is so overflowing with hobbling wounded they must be thinking about building an extension as they go into this game with doubts about nearly a complete team. Also their home fans also haven’t anything to cheer about since that famous 4-0 win against Chelsea at the end of January.
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Bournemouth Team News
- Unknown Return Date: Charlie Daniels Knee injury. Simon Francis Anterior cruciate ligament. Diego Rico Ankle injury. Andrew Surman Calf injury. Lewis Cook Anterior cruciate ligament. Junior Stanislas Knee injury.
- 75% Chance of Playing: Adam Smith Knock. David Brooks Knock. Dan Gosling Calf injury. Dominic Solanke Hamstring injury.
Eddie Howe Comments
“People have used the word ‘established’ – we have never used that word. For us, it’s not useful and there’s the risk you become complacent and lazy.
It’s about proving we deserve to be here every season and it’s constantly a challenge. Every season has brought us different hurdles to overcome.
As a club we are constantly looking to consolidate ourselves in the division – from the infrastructure side to support staff, to our coaching, to the players.
That ambition and drive to keep moving things forward will have to gather pace again because the league is only going to get harder next year.
I think the injuries have been a blessing in disguise in the respect that it has given opportunities to younger players.
We’ve seen a huge transition of players within our team from the beginning of the season to now. We have to view this positively because if we can overcome these issues, it will mean we will come back a lot stronger next season.”
Tottenham Team News
- Unknown Return Date: Serge Aurier Hamstring injury. Harry Winks Groin injury. Harry Kane Ankle injury. Erik Lamela Hamstring injury.
- Jan Vertonghen Head injury.
- Bournemouth have lost six of their seven Premier League meetings with Spurs (D1), netting just two goals in those matches.
- Tottenham have won two of their three Premier League away games against Bournemouth, winning 5-1 in 2015-16 and 4-1 last term.
- Tottenham average 3.1 goals-per-game in the Premier League against Bournemouth (22 goals in seven games), their best such record against any side in the competition.
- Bournemouth are winless in five Premier League home games (D2 L3), losing the last two in a row.
- Bournemouth have never lost their last home Premier League game of the season, drawing one and winning twice.
- Until the end of January, Tottenham had won more away games (11), more away points (33) and scored more away goals (30) than any other Premier League side this season. Since then, they’re one of just two sides not to earn a single point on the road along with Huddersfield (L5).
- Tottenham have lost 12 Premier League games this season, last losing more in a single campaign in 2008-09 (15). Only two teams have ever lost more than 12 Premier League games and still finished in the top four – Chelsea in 1997-98 (15) and Everton in 2004-05 (13).
- Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games against Bournemouth – against no side has he scored more in the competition (also five vs Watford).
- Christian Eriksen has either scored or assisted a goal in six of Tottenham’s seven previous Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (3 goals, 4 assists). The only game in which he didn’t ended 0-0 in October 2016.
- Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine Premier League games, scoring six and assisting four.
Two teams suffering! For Bournemouth, it’s 92 days since a home win and for Tottenham 103 since an away win. Plus Tottenham are in a 1-0 zone. So could this be a 1-0 to the Tottenham or a 0-0? No. Goals could flow with Heung-Min Son in amongst them.
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