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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Bournemouth, 14.10.17

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Full league history - Spurs v Bournemouth:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         2   2   0   0     7-0    6
Away         2   1   1   0     5-1    4
Total(Prem)  4   3   1   0    12-1   10
Grand Total  4   3   1   0    12-1   10

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LDWDWW

Spurs      1-2    Chelsea
Spurs      1-1    Burnley
Everton    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      0-0    Swansea
West Ham   2-3    Spurs
Hds'field  0-4    Spurs

B'mouth    -    LLLWLD

B'mouth    0-2   Watford
B'mouth    1-2   Man City
Arsenal    3-0   B'mouth
B'mouth    2-1   Brighton
Everton    2-1   B'mouth
B'mouth    0-0   Leicester

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs    7  4  2  1  14-5    9   14
19. B'mouth  7  1  1  5   4-11  -5    4

How was YOUR International break?

At last! Another International break is over, and Spurs players are back in the fold at Hotspur Way, hopefully champing at the bit to win our first "home" Premier League game at Wembley. Most of our top players are already assured of being involved in the World Cup Finals next year in Russia, with Christian Eriksen and Serge Aurier still hopeful of getting there through next month's play-offs. Yes, there will be another International break to accommodate those games, and in the case of teams already through - friendlies.

How was YOUR International break? How have you been entertaining yourselves during the last two weeks? Not by watching England, that's for sure. Maybe online gaming sites offered you an outlet. Harry Kane has been busy being England's captain, and continuing his fine scoring run, which has already stretched to 15 goals including 6 in the Premier League, 5 in Europe and 4 for England, which have included crucial winning goals to ensure England's qualification.

Jan Vertonghen became the most capped player for Belgium (97), and even scored against Bosnia. It's 4 years since his last club goal. Jan, Toby Alderweireld, and a fit Mousa Dembele (along with our possible 6 England players) can look forward to Russia, along with Hugo Lloris, Moussa Sissoko, Son Heung-min and Davinson Sanchez, whose Colombia have qualified in fourth place in the South American group despite a defeat and a draw in their last two games. Erik Lamela and Danny Rose returned to training this week, and they too might have a World Cup to look forward to. Both have a lot of work to do to a) win a place back in the team and b) regain their International status. Maybe the West Ham League Cup game on October 25th will offer an opportunity.

Commiserations must go to Ben Davies, whose Wales team failed to qualify even for the play-offs after defeat in Cardiff to The Republic of Ireland. Davies is going to be needed for most of the next three games surely, and no doubt has been getting plenty of morale boosting support within the Spurs camp.

Our International players seem to have returned in good condition, unlike several high profile players in other teams such as Livepool's Sadio Mane, who will be a big miss to them including our game at Wembley on October 22nd. Mauricio Pochettino now has the task of "managing the minutes" of his squad for the next three games, and his selection for Saturday's game will be tempered by the need for his strongest side for the trip to Madrid on Tuesday. First up though are Bournemouth.

It is 6 months (almost to the day) since we last played Bournemouth. We won 4-0 and "The Cherries" must be dreading coming to Wembley to play one of the top form teams in the Premier League right now. Ah! Except for the fact that Spurs have yet to win a Premier League game at their temporary home. Of course, that is a record Spurs want to put right, but even the 19th placed South coast side will travel with some hope of a result. They even kept a clean sheet for the first time two weeks ago when hosting Leicester in a 0-0 draw.

I wrote earlier in the season that there will be few strangers to Wembley amongst our Premier League opponents. This applies to Bournemouth as a club, although I believe their last visit to the national stadium was in April 1998, when they were losing finalists (to Grimsby) in the Football League Trophy. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was in the side that day. Eddie Howe retired from playing early due to injury, but spent virtually all of his playing career with Bournemouth. That term applies also to his management career of course, and Howe is every inch a part of the Bournemouth family.

In recent years, the nearest "The Cherries" got to Wembley was in the May 2011 League One Play-Off semi-finals when they drew at home and away to Huddersfield, but lost on penalties. Huddersfield lost the Final, but won the following year on penalties, thus beating Bournemouth to The Championship. Bournemouth did have the pleasure of beating "The Terriers" to the top flight. The early signs are that they will face a struggle this season, although they finished a highly creditable 9th last season.

It is likely we will see three ex-Spurs players in the "Cherries"' squad this week. Left back Charlie Daniels is 31 now and was recently rewarded with a new three year contract. Charlie never made it to the Spurs first team, but I have fond memories of watching him play at the old Spurs Lodge training ground at Chigwell, and in in reserve matches. Charlie scored a cracking goal this season in the home game against Manchester City to give Bournemouth the lead. City won that game with an added time winner when Raheem Sterling was controversially sent off for "over-celebrating".

Right back Adam Smith did make it to the Spurs first team for one or two games, but had already spent the best part of the 2010-11 season on loan with Bournemouth in League One. Adam played in both those semi-final play-off games against Huddersfield. He had other loan spells but signed for Bournemouth in 2014. Then there is Jermain Defoe.

Jermain Defoe had his 35th birthday during this last International break, and was in Gareth Southgate's squad, although he did not get any playing time. Jermain is assured of a rapturous reception from home fans, should he appear at Wembley. He has been awarded his 56th and 57th international caps this year. Jermain is fifth in the list of all-time Spurs scorers with 143 goals in all, which include 91 Premier League goals in his two spells with Spurs. Harry Kane will surely eclipse that Premier League total this season, but I think it will take more than this season for Harry to pip Defoe in that all-time all goals list.

Jermain was Sunderland's top scorer in their last two Premier League seasons and has been a shining beacon for his club and the family of Bradley Lowery for whom Jermain was a true hero. Naturally those feelings were reciprocated by the player and some of the pictures of Bradley and Jermain were both beautiful and heart-breaking. Bradley tragically died at the age of just 6 years this summer after losing his neuroblastoma cancer battle. He will never be forgotten.

It's too early for team news, but I feel confident that Spurs will get that first Premier League win at Wembley. It probably won't be another 4-0, but perhaps 3-0.

This will be the first time this season that we have seen match referee Bobby Madley in the middle. Mr Madley's last game in charge of us was a good day, as it was the 3-0 FA Cup fifth round win at Craven Cottage in February. Mr. Madley is starting to referee matches on the UEFA circuit now too, having been in charge of a Europa League qualifier in Turkey in August, and also having looked after two U-19 Euro qualifiers during this International break in Estonia and Sweden.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - Do you remember Wanchope's backside on October 15th 1997?

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