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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Bournemouth v Spurs, 11.03.18

Last season's game - Bournemouth 0 Spurs 0 - 22.10.16
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Full League history - Spurs v Bournemouth:-


Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         3   3   0   0     8-0    9
Away         2   1   1   0     5-1    4
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Total(Prem)  5   4   1   0    13-1   13
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Grand Total  5   4   1   0    13-1   13
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Last Six Premier League results:-

B'mouth    -    DWWLDD

West Ham   1-1    B'mouth
Chelsea    0-3    B'mouth  
B'mouth    2-1    Stoke
Hds'field  4-1    B'mouth
B'mouth    2-2    Newcastle
Leicester  1-1    B'mouth

Spurs      -    DWDWWW
           
S'hampton  1-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Man Utd
Liverpool  2-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Arsenal
C. Palace  0-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Hds'field

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs    29 17  7  5  55-24  31   58
12. B'mouth  29  8  9 12  34-44 -10   33

Quick recovery required

Much has been written and said following Spurs' exit from the Champions League on Wednesday night. Dele Alli hobbled off. Eric Dier seemed to suffer some sort of injury to his arm. All of the players suffered a real pyschological blow after losing a game when they had the overall lead and seemed to be in control until that devastating second half three minute spell during which Juventus scored two goals to seize the game. It remains to be seen whether the same players get the chance to bounce back on Sunday, but they certainly need to prove themselves mentally and physically to assert their claim to play in the Champions League again next season.

It's an old cliche of course, but it really will not be easy at The Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth against the "Cherries" who are being driven towards a fourth Premier League season by manager Eddie Howe. Bournemouth are not out of the woods yet with regard to the avoidance of relegation, but with 33 points and 9 games remaining that 6 point gap above the bottom three is looking pretty good to me. Like Huddersfield last week, Howe's side possibly regard this game as a "free hit" in their quest for survival with more winnable home games to follow against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Swansea yet to come.

Bournemouth had a poor first half of the season with 11 defeats in their first 19 games, and were in or close to the bottom three for a lot of that time. Since Christmas, they've only lost one of ten games. That was a surprising 4-1 defeat away to rivals Huddersfield, but the "Cherries" have taken a point from each of their two games since - at home to Newcastle and away to Leicester. That Newcastle game saw the South coast side come back from a first half two goal deficit to level the scores in the last 10 minutes. At Leicester they had a reverse experience, having held a one goal lead after a 35th minute penalty until Riyad Mahrez snatched a draw with a sensational late, late free kick goal.

Such are the highs and lows of football, and Bournemouth's recent experiences. Their biggest high this season was surely beating Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge at the end of January. That was an incredible result, and it wasn't even the only time Howe's men have beaten Chelsea at their place in their three year Premier league career! Glenn Murray scored during a brief spell with Bournemouth when they also beat Chelsea in December 2015. Murray had been a Palace player, and would soon move to Brighton where he is still performing heroics.

So, "humble" Bournemouth have won twice at Chelsea in recent years, which is something Spurs haven't done since 1990. Respect for that!

Another thing to say about Bournemouth is that they have failed to score in only one of their last 12 games. That was in a 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Wigan, when I am sure a less than full strength side was fielded.

One of the Spurs connections at Bournemouth is the ever-popular now 35 year old Jermain Defoe. Jermain has had one or two injury problems this season, and has not had too much game time, having scored just three goals. Jermain returned to Bournemouth 16 years after he had started his league career on loan when the club was in the old Division Two in 2000. Jermain is remembered for a record run of scoring 13 goals in his first 11 games for the club whilst on loan from West Ham. He had even scored for West Ham before the loan in a League Cup win at Walsall. I think we may be lucky to see anything of our former hero on Sunday.

Another of the Spurs connections - Adam Smith - was tried in midfield and scored a cracking goal the other week against Newcastle. I've had the good fortune to see the power of Smith's shooting when he was with the Spurs academy. Charlie Daniels at left back should never be under-rated either as Manchester City found earlier in the season. Bournemouth will be missing former Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe (hamstring), midfielder Marc Pugh (calf) and defender Tyrone Mings (back), who hasn't played since early in the season anyway. A Bournemouth player I like watching is 24 year old Scottish International Ryan Fraser. Fraser is a dynamic midfielder, always keen to try and run past people with the ball, and could be one to watch on Sunday.

We haven't been to Bournemouth since October 2016 when we were held to a 0-0, unlike our first Premier League away game there the previous year when we won 5-1 and Harry Kane scored a hat-trick. Harry has scored 6 goals in his four games against Bournemouth, and he must be due a goal on Sunday, after drawing two consecutive blanks in recent games.

Our home win in October was the first Premier League win at Wembley for Spurs, and the press were still full of talk about the "Wembley Hoodoo" 8 games into the league season. Now with 17 wins, 4 draws and just three defeats in our temporary home in all competitions that talk is forgotten. As far as the Premier League is concerned we are unbeaten in 11 games, and we are the only team with a better record in the last 10 games than Bournemouth, who have been beaten once in that spell. The "Cherries" gave us a hard time in October and the win came thanks to a Christian Eriksen goal early in the second half.

The club have confirmed that Eric Dier suffered an elbow injury against Juventus, and will need to be assessed regarding his availability on Sunday. Victor Wanyama, whose spectacular goal at Anfield won the Premier League's February goal of the month award, will step up if necessary. It seems that Toby Alderweireld is still not training fully, but Dele Alli was not mentioned in the team news. I fancy the full backs will be rotated, and I'd like to see Lucas Moura start his first Premier League game, but I suspect that will only happen if Dele is not fit. We'll wait and see on that.

I fancy us to win and have predicted a 2-0. I hope for more goals! I also hope for both Manchester United and Liverpool to drop points in their game tomorrow lunchtime and for Palace to get something at Chelsea! I don't ask for too much, do I?

Our match referee this week is Mike Dean. Mr Dean is not as popular with Spurs fans as he used to be, and perhaps generally he is perceived as an official who likes the limelight too much, whereas we prefer our referees to have a low profile. This is the fifth time we will see Mr Dean this season. His last game in charge of Spurs was the home draw against West Ham in January.

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