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    Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview


    By Tom Regan
    regantalkssport.com
    @TomRegan29

    Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side entertain Tottenham Hotspur at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and face a team that has lost just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches.
    Pochettino’s men are the only side to remain unbeaten following the opening week, winning three and drawing five since the opening 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. They also have the joint-best defensive record in the league.

    The Cherries have endured a major injury crisis in recent weeks, undoubtedly impacting on their relatively small squad. In the opening month, they showed why they deserve to be mixing it up in the English top flight, but in their last 3 games they have only managed to pick up 1 point. A 5-1 thrashing at the Etihad Stadium to Manchester City will have severely damaged confidence levels, but Eddie Howe’s men must not drop their heads as they fight to preserve their Premier League status.

    Bournemouth have already lost new signings Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel in the long-term due to knee ligament injuries, and the killer blow came when prize asset Callum Wilson ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a 2-1 loss to Stoke and will remain on the sidelines for a minimum of six months. Wilson bagged 23 goals last term as he fired the Dorset based club to the top of the Championship, and having bagged 5 goals already this campaign. Howe must be wondering what he has done to be on the receiving end of such dreadful luck.
    Spurs have failed to win in their last four in all competitions, with three successive draws against Monaco, Swansea City and Liverpool, before a narrow 2-1 loss to Anderlecht in Thursday’s Europa League tie. Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain in 7th position, and the former Southampton boss will be hopeful that Harry Kane can start finding the net again after contributing just one goal to date. With Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor no longer at the club, the Lilywhites are relatively short of attacking power with Heung-Min Son injured and the versatile Clinton N’Jie still learning his trade in English football.

    In terms of previous encounters, the Cherries have faced the north Londoner’s just once before, coming in the form of an FA Cup tie in 1957 where they were then known as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, beating the north Londoner’s 3-1.
    The Dorset based club have managed just one clean sheet in their debut Premier League season, and given their injury crisis, Harry Kane will have no better opportunity to add to his account. Eddie Howe has limited resources compared to the Premier League heavyweights, so his side are always going to be up against it. How they perform at home is critical in terms of survival, and they will want to make it as difficult as possible for their visitors.

    Mousa Dembele enjoyed a rare start for Tottenham against Liverpool as he replaced the suspended Eric Dier, and a man of the match performance will have given Pochettino something to think about as he contemplates his starting eleven. With injuries to Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, Dembele has a fantastic opportunity to stake his claim for a regular starting birth.
    The home side have a long list of injuries. Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel are all out for the long-term with serious knee injuries. Captain and centre-back Tommy Elphick has been added to the injury list with an ankle problem. Goalkeeper Artur Boruc is a doubt for the clash with a thigh problem. Midfielder Andrew Surman is expected to recover from a calf injury sustained against Manchester City.

    Spurs will be without midfielder Nacer Chadli for six weeks (ankle ligament damage), and Alex Pritchard remains a long-term absentee after undergoing surgery on his right ankle. South Korean international Heung-Min Son is out until November with a foot injury sustained in the Lilywhites 4-1 thrashing of Manchester City. Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll are unlikely to return as the Lilywhites continue to run on a makeshift midfield.
    Betting Odds (bet365)

    Bournemouth: 12/5
    Draw: 5/2
    Tottenham: 5/4
    Match Prediction

    This will be a tough place to come for the north Londoner’s, especially after a Europa League tie in Belgium on Thursday night. Bournemouth will look to capitalise on any tired legs, and just like their oppositions they like to play tidy football with long stints of possession. I can’t help but feel that Tottenham’s pedigree will be too much for the Premier League debutants. The injuries have taken their toll and it will take one hell of a performance for the Cherries to take all three points.

    Bournemouth 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur (10/1 with bet365)
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