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AFC Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

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AFC Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur Predictions

  • Bournemouth lost seven of their last eight league fixtures.
  • Both teams scored in seven of Bournemouth’s last 10 Premier League games.
  • Both teams registered in 80% of Spurs’ last 10 league away matches.
  • Spurs beat Bournemouth in five of their last six meetings.

Relegation looms for Bournemouth

With the end of the 2019/20 season fast approaching, things are starting to look increasingly grim for Eddie Howe and Bournemouth.

The Cherries, second from bottom and desperate for points, were on the receiving end of back-to-back batterings last week in 4-1 an 5-2 defeats to Newcastle and Manchester United respectively.

While a heavy loss at Old Trafford against an in-form Man Utd had been anticipated by many, the manner of their reverse at home to the Magpies was particularly galling and it was a strong indicator that Bournemouth’s five-year stay in the Premier League could be about to end.

The Cherries dismal run of one draw and seven defeats from their last eight league assignments is relegation worthy form, though somewhat remarkably, Bournemouth are still just one point from safety ahead of the campaign’s climax.

Tottenham grind out win

Spurs warmed up for their trip to the south coast with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Everton on Monday night, in what was a turgid encounter between two uninspiring sides.

Fittingly, a scrappy Michael Keane own goal was the difference between the teams in North London, with Son Heung-min’s argument with teammate Hugo Lloris at half time the only other moment of excitement in what was a drab affair.

The win, which was Tottenham’s second at home on the spin, shot Spurs up to 8th spot in the table just behind local rivals Arsenal, though the team’s performance suggests a late charge for European qualification is unlikely.

Both teams likely to register

While Bournemouth’s porous defence ensured that they were eventually torn to pieces at Old Trafford, the Cherries did at least show some promise at the other end, where they attacked with pace and purpose through Joshua King and Junior Stanislas.

With a record of scoring in eight of their last 11 fixtures in all competitions, hitting the net hasn’t really been a problem for Eddie Howe’s charges since January, though their record of conceding in 100% of their last 16 top flight fixtures shines an unflattering light on the root of their problems this season.

However, the Cherries counter-attacking threat and lacklustre defending is a combination we can take advantage of in the market this week, where the both teams to score prices hold plenty of value.

The numbers from Spurs’ Premier League fixtures also carry plenty of promise for the same market. Since Jose Mourinho’s appointment in November, Tottenham have found it close to impossible to keep clean sheets on the road, though their heavy dusting of match-changing talent in forward areas means that they rarely fail to make an impact at the opposite end.

With those factors telling, both teams scored in 80% of the 10 Premier League away matches Spurs have contested under Mourinho’s instruction since the Portuguese manager was handed the reins.

That well-established pattern is worth leaning on again this week, and alongside our both teams to score forecast for Thursday, a 2-1 Tottenham win is a correct score prediction that’s also worth considering.

The Cherries’ confidence-shredding run of seven defeats in eight outings just cannot be ignored, and Bournemouth, who lost 3-2 to Spurs in the reverse fixture between the teams in November in what was their 5th defeat in six meetings with them, should come unstuck again.

Tottenham, who are averaging just 1.23 goals per 90 minutes since the turn of the year shouldn’t be expected to cut loose however, and two goals seems about the upper limit of their attacking capabilities at present.

Key Battle: Adam Smith vs Son Heung-Min

Bournemouth right-back Adam Smith was left dizzy at Old Trafford last Saturday after he was given the runaround by Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, and the 29-year-old will be preparing for another busy evening for the Cherries on Thursday.

Tottenham star Son Heung-min has enjoyed plenty of success against Bournemouth before, netting five times against Eddie Howe’s men since 2017, and the 27-year-old will be one of Spurs’ most potent attacking threats again this week.

Son was actually sent off for Tottenham during their last visit to the Vitality Stadium in May last year, though the versatile attacker will hope his fortunes improve when he returns to that venue this week.

Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur team news

Eddie Howe still has a number of injury problems to contend with ahead of the Cherries meeting with Spurs, though key attacking Callum Wilson makes a welcome return following his suspension.

Jack Stacey, Charlie Daniels and Simon Francis are still ruled out, while Chris Mepham, Andrew Surman and Steve Cook are rated as doubtful.

After his impressive showing against Man Utd, Lloyd Kelly looks set to continue at centre-half alongside Nathan Ake.

Bournemouth predicted line-up: Ramsdale – Smith, Ake, Kelly, Rico – Brooks, Lerma, Billing, Stanislas – King, Wilson

Dele Alli is Tottenham’s only fresh injury worry ahead of their trip to play Bournemouth, though Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth are still unavailable.

Mourinho could be tempted to make a change or two to the XI that looked more than a little flat against Everton on Monday.

Tottenham Hotspur predicted line-up: Lloris – Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies – Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso – Lucas, Son, Kane

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