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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Bournemouth v Spurs, 09.07.20

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Full league history - Spurs v Bournemouth:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         5   5   0   0    16-2   15
Away         4   2   1   1     9-3    7
Total(Prem)  9   7   1   1    25-5   22
Grand Total  9   7   1   1    25-5   22

Last Six Premier League results:-

B'mouth    -    DLLLLL

B'mouth    2-2    Chelsea
Liverpool  2-1    B'mouth
B'mouth    0-2    C. Palace
Wolves     1-0    B'mouth
B'mouth    1-4    Newcastle
Man Utd    5-2    B'mouth

Spurs      -    LDDWLW
Spurs      2-3    Wolves
Burnley    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Man Utd
Spurs      2-0    West Ham
Sheff Utd  3-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Everton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
10. Spurs    33 13  9 11  52-44   8   48 
19. B'mouth  33  7  6 20  32-59 -27   27 

Can Spurs polish off the "Cherries"?

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are in the mire. After Watford's narrow win against Norwich the "Cherries" are four points behind fourth from bottom and they have a worse goal difference, effectively making it a five-point deficit which they need to make up with just five games remaining. After hosting Spurs, this little South Coast side have to play Leicester at home on Sunday, and Manchester City away before their final games at home to Southampton and away to Everton. Their chances of survival look very slim indeed.

It goes without saying that this is a must-win game for the home side, but that applies to Spurs too, who will be desperate to maintain their challenge for some sort of place in Europe. Bournemouth have been decimated by injuries over the course of the season, but their goal power has been poor too. Their top league scorer Callum Wilson has 8 goals to his name, and he hasn't scored since 7th March at Anfield. That was an easy close-range finish too. Wilson has missed two of the "Cherries" post-lockdown games too.

Next on the Bournemouth scorers' list is Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson, who has 7 league goals to his name. Harry is a useful free kick merchant, but his last goal was in January and he has only started one post-lockdown game. Dominic Solanke was signed from Liverpool last season but he hasn't hit the net in 14 starts and 14 appearances as sub. Josh King has started more games (20), but he has only scored 5 league goals and one of those was a penalty at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Whilst Bournemouth have lost their last five games, including all four of their post-lockdown games, they cannot be under-estimated especially by a Spurs side that is not firing on all cylinders. The "Cherries" scored twice against United, and even scored the first goal, but in truth both goals were down to defenders' errors. Harry Maguire was embarrassed for the first and Bailly needlessly handled a high ball just inside his area.

2019 heralded a couple of firsts for Bournemouth in their short history of Premier League matches against Spurs. Last year's away game saw the "Cherries" beat Spurs for the first time in 8 meetings. That was a horrible day for Spurs with both Son and Foyth getting themselves sent off just before and just after half-time. The 9 men held on until added time when Ake scored the only goal of the game. That occasion might be the last time Spurs fans travel to the Vitality Stadium for a while.

When they came to New White Hart Lane in November Bournemouth managed their first away goals against us in the Premier League. This was Jose Mourinho's second league game in charge and both games ended in 3-2 wins for Spurs. We'd been three up in both games too before allowing the opposition to score twice. A quirky statistic for both those games (West Ham had been the first) was that the opposition goals were scored in the 73rd and 96th minute.

Talking of statistics, one that cropped up before our Sheffield United game was that our previous competitive game played in July was 25 years ago when we lost an Inter-Toto game to Cologne 8-0. Some record books (The Rothmans-Sky-Sun Yearbook for one) name this as our worst ever defeat. Other statisticians, such as our good friend Declan Mulcahy prefer to think of a 7-0 defeat to Liverpool, not that any such defeat is preferable.

The official Spurs first team squad was making its own pre-season preparations in 1995, but my recollection is that Spurs were obliged to take part in this pre-season European tournament at the risk of punishment. The team that played in that 8-0 match was:- Day; Carr, Clapham, Alan Pardew, Newson, Coll, Byrne (sub Wormull), Watson, Slade (sub Mahorn), Spencer (sub Simpson), Turner.

None of those on Spurs' books were established first team players and three of them were on short term loans. Alan Pardew was one of those three and his presence in that team is a relatively well-known fact. The other two loanees were David Byrne, and Mark Newson. Newson was a Barnet player but made his Football League debut in August 1985 in Division Three against Derby for none other than Bournemouth! Bournemouth were managed then by none other than - Harry Redknapp!

Harry Redknapp spent four seasons as a player on Bournemouth's books in the early seventies, transferring there from West Ham. Spurs played a friendly at Bournemouth in July 1972 when Harry had just been signed as a player. He started his managerial career at Bournemouth in 1982, staying till the 1991-92 season before being appointed as West Ham's manager in 1994.

Spurs also played friendlies at Bournemouth in Redknapp's time as manager in July 1985 and in July 1987. The July 1985 friendly was preceded by a trip to Chesterfield (where I have lived since 2008). 10 years ago, I saw Bournemouth play at Chesterfield's old Saltergate ground. This was the "Spireites" last game at their old ground. They won 2-1, but Bournemouth had already won promotion to League One. Eddie Howe was their manager then, but of course he did leave for a couple of years at Burnley. Bournemouth's goalkeeper was former Spurs reserve Shwan Jalal, who until recently played for - Chesterfield!

So, can Spurs polish off the "Cherries"? Well, I've predicted a 3-0 win, but my predictions record this season has been quite appalling. The FA have announced that Eric Dier will be immediately banned for 4 games and he was also fined 40,000 with regard to the charge laid against him after the Norwich FA Cup game. Eric will not now be available until our last game at Crystal Palace on July 26th. Jose Mourinho has also said that Dele Alli will still not be available due to his hamstring issue.

A win in this game would take us up to seventh place and back above Arsenal who come to Tottenham on Sunday. Kick-off is at 6pm.

Our match referee will be Paul Tierney who has been in charge for our lost games at Leicester and Old Trafford and our FA Cup penalty defeat against Norwich. We must hope for better this time!

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