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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         1   1   0   0     5-1    3
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Total(Prem)  2   2   0   0     8-1    6
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Grand Total  2   2   0   0     8-1    6
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Last Six Premier League results:-

B'mouth    -    DWLWDW

C.Palace   1-1   B'mouth
B'mouth    1-0   West Brom
Man City   4-0   B'mouth
B'mouth    1-0   Everton
Watford    2-2   B'mouth
B'mouth    6-1   Hull

Spurs      -    DWWWWD

Spurs      1-1   Liverpool
Stoke      0-4   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   S'derland
M'brough   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Man City
West Brom  1-1   Spurs

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs    8  5  3  0  13-4    9   18
11. B'mouth  8  3  2  3  12-12   0   11

More deja vu please!

Our Premier League meetings last season were the only two occasions that we have met "The Cherries" in league fixtures. We did meet in a historic FA Cup game on 16th February, 1957, when Bournemouth (then a Third Division club) beat the not so mighty Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the fifth round of the FA Cup. More details on this game can be read in last year's corresponding match preview.

We travelled to The Vitality Stadium, Kings Park on the same week-end last year. However, as The Premier League had opened a week early, this match was on Matchday 10 last year. Highly rated Matt Ritchie shocked Spurs with what was the fastest goal of the Premier League season at that stage, firing home in the first minute from Charlie Daniels' left wing cross. Ritchie surprised a lot of people by opting to drop down to The Championship and signed for Rafa Bentitez at Newcastle. Perhaps Ritchie views the long term future up North as being brighter. No doubt he was signed as a replacement for Andros Townsend, who moved to Crystal Palace.

Spurs bounced back from that early goal last year, and Harry Kane scored a hat-trick when everything started to go right for the away team, including the dodgy form of home goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Spurs ran out 5-1 winners (Bournemouth 1 Spurs 5, 25.10.15) to move onto 17 points. That's a figure we reached in three less games this year! Eddie Howe maintains his faith in Boruc as his goalkeeper, who has been first choice until this day.

Such is the reputation of Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe (still only 38) that when the Sam Allardyce fiasco arose last month, Howe was one of those mooted for the vacancy. Bournemouth's form at the end of last season was not good, and they slipped to 16th place. "The Cherries" have only lost one of their last six games (to Man City), and last week thrashed Hull 6-1 putting them into a creditable 11th place. Howe's side have shown the ability to surprise a big fish, not least when they beat Ronald Koeman's flying Everton boys 1-0 a month ago.

After last week's win, Bournemouth on their home turf must be considered a threat, and the busy Spurs squad will have to be at their best to repeat last year's result. So far this season, every game we have played has reproduced the result of the corresponding match last season. For example, we beat Man City at home and drew at West Brom, but not necessarily in the same order! I don't think a repeat of the 5-1 is on the cards, but there are surely goals to come in this game.

We know that Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane will miss this game, and also that Danny Rose will be assessed today after suffering a knock at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night. Kyle Walker was rested and can confidently be put in your team sheet for tomorrow, along with goalkeeper and Captain Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen. I fancy Dembele to start only for the second time this season.

Former Spurs youngsters Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith have started every Premier League game for Bournemouth this season, and like the Spurs full backs carry a threat with their attacking abilities. Both have scored and Daniels has an excellent assist record in recent times. 20 year old Jordan Ibe was signed from Liverpool in the summer, and has also started every league game for his new club. The threat of his pace is one reason why Kyle Walker was rested midweek.

We have to mention Jack Wilshere, signed on loan from Arsenal, who will get a ribbing from the travelling fans if he plays. After all, Wilshere has never been slow off the mark in giving Spurs a bit of stick in his Arsenal colours. The injury-prone midfielder has yet to complete 90 minutes for his temporary team, and hasn't really played enough football over the last couple of years. No doubt this is a big reason for Mr Wenger farming the 24 year old out on a season-long loan.

More deja vu would be nice tomorrow, but please let's have no early goal for the home side. A win in the 12.30 kick-off game would take Spurs to top place, albeit for a couple of hours with Arsenal at home to Middlesbrough later in the day, and surely favourites to win. I'm going for a 2-0 away win! You might think differently, or maybe you would like to consider this Tipsters Review page.

We don't see much of referee Craig Pawson and maybe that is a good thing, as he averages only 5.43 after 8 games in charge of Spurs over the last two and a half years. His last such game was our home FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace in February. Mr Pawson is keeping busy and has been in charge of 5 Premier League games plus the Community Shield game this season. He also refereed a Champions League qualifier in Sweden in July.

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. This week-end 6 years ago we drew 1-1 at home to Everton. We were fifth in the table after 9 games with 15 points.

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