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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Bournemouth, 15.04.17

Last season's home game - Spurs 3 Bournemouth 0, 20.03.16
This season's away game - Bournemouth 0 spurs 0, 22.10.16
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What happened in the Premier League in Matchday 33 2015-16

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Full league history - Spurs v Bournemouth:-


Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         1   1   0   0     3-0    3
Away         2   1   1   0     5-1    4
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Total(Prem)  3   2   1   0     8-1    7
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Grand Total  3   2   1   0     8-1    7
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWWWWW

Spurs      4-0   Stoke
Spurs      3-2   Everton
Spurs      2-1   S'hampton
Burnley    0-2   Spurs
Swansea    1-3   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Watford

B'mouth    -    DWWDDL

Man Utd    1-1   B'mouth
B'mouth    3-2   West Ham
B'mouth    2-0   Swansea
S'hampton  0-0   B'mouth
Liverpool  2-2   B'mouth
B'mouth    1-3   Chelsea

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs     31 20  8  3  64-22  42   68
15. B'mouth   32  9  8 15  45-59 -14   35

The week-end starts here!

For the second week running, Spurs kick-off the week-end's Premier league fixtures with a home game kicking off at 12.30 on Saturday. Only Man City of our rivals at the top also play on Saturday, so Spurs have a great opportunity to again draw a little closer to Chelsea (playing at Old Trafford on Sunday), whilst also strengthening their case for Champions League football next season. The team in our way is Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, who face their own battle to steer clear of the bottom three.

Last season, Spurs beat "The Cherries" 8-1 on aggregate with convincing victories at home and away. Harry Kane was prominent in both games, scoring a hat-trick in our 5-1 at Dean Court in October 2015, and bagging two goals in last year's game at White Hart Lane. (Spurs 3 Bournemouth 0, 20.03.16) Harry's first goal last year came after only 44 seconds when he met a Kyle Walker cross with the slightest of touches. Having played half an hour last week, Harry is surely going to start this week. It will be interesting to see whether it is Kyle Walker of Kieran Trippier who gets the nod in the right back berth. Trippier certainly gave Mauricio Pochettino his biggest selection dilemma with his display against Watford.

This season's away game was a disappointing 0-0 draw and was played during Harry Kane's first period of absence through injury this season. Looking back at the report, I was clearly at a low point in the season, where I feared for our chances of a top four place; and for a tilt at the title. I was also critical of Harry, whose two goals for us at that stage had both been sitters. When he returned, Harry did once again find his scoring boots, and will be keen this week to renew the battle for the Golden Boot with Romelu Lukaku who has swept four goals ahead while Harry has had to sit it out for another three games. Harry has had to miss no less than 13 games this season, and yet he still stands second in the goal-scorers' chart with 19 Premier League goals to his name. Spurs are still in the title race and massive odds on shots for that top four place. What do I know, eh?

I think we will see an attacking Spurs line-up with our top four scorers all playing. That means a 4-2-3-1 with the front four of Son, Alli, Eriksen and Kane. Of those, only Eriksen has yet to reach double figures for us in the league this season. If Victor Wanyama is fit, such a formation could mean a breather for Eric Dier, who has played more minutes than most in recent games.

Bournemouth haven't come to make up the numbers, and have only been beaten once in their last six games. That was last week against title favourites Chelsea. Bournemouth have drawn their last three away games at old Trafford, St. Mary's and at Anfield. Striker Josh King, who has a Gambian passport, but plays his International football for Norway, is one of the Premier League's top strikers in 2017, having scored 10 goals in his last 11 league appearances. King got a hat-trick in the 3-2 win over West Ham, and has scored in "The Cherries"' last two games. Once again, former Spurs Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith are likely to feature. Each has made 28 Premier League starts this season. I felt that when centre-back Nathan Ake returned to Chelsea in January that he was sorely missed at the back, but their recent results have brought more stability, even if their Premier League survival is by no means assured just yet. A third season at the top would be a magnificent achievement for this club. Jack Wilshere, who has never been shy of offering anti-Spurs banter, will come in for plenty of stick here!

I am going for another resounding win for Spurs, perhaps 3-0 this week.

I shall be missing my first domestic game of this season, due to a happy and memorable family event this week-end! Therefore, normal web services will be delayed, but my good friend Declan Mulcahy will be watching the game, and will offer his match report, which will appear on the site by Easter Monday. I wish those who celebrate it (and those who don't) a very happy Easter week-end.

This will be referee Michael Oliver's fifth game with Spurs this season. Last time out with us, he officiated our 3-2 home win against Everton.

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago, on April 13th we lost 1-0 at home to Real Madrid to confirm our Champions League quarter-final exit. On April 20th, we had an exciting 3-3 home draw against Arsenal. Both games were played in mid-week. Our week-end game was postponed as our intended opponents Man City had an FA Cup semi-final match.

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