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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Bournemouth, 30.11.19

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Full league history - Spurs v Bournemouth:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         4   4   0   0    13-0   12
Away         4   2   1   1     9-3    7
Total(Prem)  8   6   1   1    22-3   19
Grand Total  8   6   1   1    22-3   19

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LDLDDW
Brighton   3-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Watford
Liverpool  2-1    Spurs
Everton    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Sheff Utd
West Ham   2-3    Spurs

B'mouth    -    LDDWLL

Arsenal    1-0    B'mouth
B'mouth    0-0    Norwich
Watford    0-0    B'mouth
B'mouth    1-0    Man Utd
Newcastle  2-1    B'mouth
B'mouth    1-2    Wolves

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
10. Spurs    13  4  5  4  21-19   2   17  
11. B'mouth  13  4  4  5  16-17  -1   16

Looking for a triple whammy!

Jose Mourinho has had a good start to his Spurs career with two opening wins, in which we have scored seven goals, and now he is looking for a triple whammy with a home win against Bournemouth. Despite their recent poor form, this will not be at all easy, and we need to remember that Bournemouth beat us for the very first time in a league meeting on May 4th.

That was not a good day at all, as Spurs hit self-destruct mode and had both Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth sent off. Foyth was sent off within two minutes of coming on for Toby Alderweireld at half-time. 9-man Spurs held on until added time when Ake scored the only goal of the game.

Bournemouth won three of their first six games this season and have spent several weeks above us in the table, but they come to Tottenham tomorrow one place below us. Their one win in their last six league games was a 1-0 over a poor Manchester United side on a soggy day at The Vitality Stadium. Eddie Howe's side are capable of surprising anyone on their day. Chelsea were testament to that in January when the "Cherries" thrashed them 4-0. That was a home win, but Howe's side did not travel well for much of last season, suffering 9 consecutive away defeats in the Premier League between November and March. They have done better since with 4 away wins since March, but the last was in September at Southampton.

Spurs have won all four of our previous home meetings against "The Cherries". Last season's game was played at Wembley at Wembley and was a Christmas treat for Spurs who won 5-0. That had followed a 6-2 away win against Everton. Two and a half years ago Mousa Dembele scored his last goal for Tottenham in another convincing win - 4-0. Incidentally, that was the last game in which Vincent Janssen scored for Spurs. Dembele is thriving in China. Janssen is having a moderate time with Monterrey in Mexico for whom he has made only two league starts, but he did score a hat-trick for them in a recent cup match against lower league opponents. Monterrey are involved in the preliminary stage of the forthcoming World Club Cup com petition, and if they were to reach the semi-final would play Liverpool.

34 year old Simon Francis made his first Premier League start for almost a year for Bournemouth in last week's home defeat to Wolves. he didn't make it to the end of the game as he was shown two yellow cards, so he will miss tomorrow's game. Francis's last Premier League start had been the Boxing Day defeat to Spurs, when he was stretchered off and suffered a long absence because of a serious knee injury. Midfielder Phillip Billing (signed in the summer from Huddersfield for 15 million) will also miss this game, as he was booked for fifth time last week.

Former Spurs reserve Charlie Daniels is a long-term absentee with a knee injury, but Adam Smith is currently a regular starter. Josh King suffered a hamstring strain recently and will be a doubt tomorrow. We can no doubt look forward to seeing Callum Wilson up front for "The Cherries", supported by the likes of 22 year old Harry Wilson (on loan from Liverpool) and Ryan Fraser.

Spurs now have Ben Davies on the long term injury list with Hugo Lloris. Erik Lamela and Michel Vorm are not likely to be ready for a return as yet. With a big game at Old Trafford next Wednesday (and Jose will be relishing that one!) there surely has to be some rotation this week. Jose admitted himself that maybe he should have made more than the one enforced change for Tuesday night's Champions League win.

I very much hope to see Ryan Sessegnon make a home debut. Maybe as left wing-back with a defensive back three (to include Jan Vertonghen), or simply as an attacking foil. I won't try to otherwise second guess Jose's choice, but I do expect to see an attacking Spurs side and a good win - 3-1 for me.

Our match referee will be Lee Mason, who was seen in action on Monday night at Villa Park for a home win against Newcastle. Mr. Mason's last Spurs game in the middle was our 4-0 home win against Huddersfield in April when Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On 28th November, 2009, Spurs captain for the day Michael Dawson scored our equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

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