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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Bournemouth, 15.04.23

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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         6   3   2   1    12-5   11
Total(Prem) 11   8   2   1    28-7   26   2.36 Pts per game
Grand Total 11   8   2   1    28-7   26

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WLWDDW
Spurs      2-0    Chelsea
Wolves     1-0    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Nottm Fst
S'hampton  3-3    Spurs
Everton    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Brighton

B'mouth    -    LWLWLW

Arsenal    3-2    B'mouth
B'mouth    1-0    Liverpool
A. Villa   3-0    B'mouth
B'mouth    2-1    Fulham
B'mouth    0-2    Brighton
Leicester  0-1    B'mouth

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs    30 16  5  9  55-42  13   53
15. B'mouth  30  8  6 16  28-57 -29   30 

This will be tough too!

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"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It's nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." - Danny Blanchflower

It would be folly to think that this game will be any less tough than last week’s win against Brighton, just because Bournemouth are a team which has been immersed in the battle to avoid relegation. Indeed, if you look at our dismal away record in our last four games on the road, we have lost two and drawn two games against teams at the wrong end of the table. "The Cherries" gave themselves a handy three-point gap above the bottom three with a precious 1-0 win at Leicester. They’ve had some good results and played some good football in recent games and will be out for more tomorrow.

Those recent results include a narrow defeat at The Emirates. Bournemouth shocked the league leaders within seconds when they actually kicked the ball forward at kick-off, attacked down the right wing then scored through Philip Billing. Arsenal came back from behind twice and only won through a 97th minute goal by substitute Reiss Nelson. Billing scored the winner the following week against Liverpool, and also scored last week’s winning goal at The King Power Stadium. Billing was born in Copenhagen and has five senior Danish caps, last playing for them in March this year. Billing played for Huddersfield and played against Spurs in both their recent Premier League seasons. Bournemouth signed him for £15million when the Terriers were relegated in 2019. He has now scored 26 league goals for "The Cherries" in 137 games and is their top scorer this season in the Premier League albeit with 7 league goals.

Welsh international Kieffer Moore scored both Bournemouth’s goals (and they had a 2-0 lead) in our narrow 3-2 win at The Vitality Stadium in October. Our three scorers in that game were Ryan Sessegnon, Ben Davies and Rodrigo Bentancur. None of those three only will be playing tomorrow, although Richarlison will be available for selection.

We have a 100% home win record against Bournemouth in our five previous Premier League meetings. Our last home meeting was also a narrow 3-2, but that is the only one of the five games in which “The Cherries” scored. The second of our home Premier League games against Bournemouth was played on exactly the same day and date 6 years ago. Spurs won 4-0. Mousa Dembele scored the first, which was his one Tottenham goal that season. Son and Kane scored – some things never change – and even Vincent Janssen scored! It was the last of too few Tottenham goals for the Netherlands International who this season is playing with Toby Alderweireld for Antwerp. Janssen has scored 16 Belgian league goals this season.

Bournemouth announced caretaker manager Gary O'Neil as their permanent appointment on November 27th, 2022. O'Neil took over after Scott Parker was sacked in August. Under O’Neil, "The Cherries" were initially unbeaten in 6 games, but then managed just two wins in their next ten games in all competitions. One of those wins was a 4-1 league Cup win over Frank Lampard’s Everton. Bournemouth’s first win of the calendar year was in February against Wolves, but now they have climbed out of the bottom three.

Former Spur Adam Smith is now 31 and has played 305 games for the side which he captained until recently. However, O’Neil has now named Brazilian goalkeeper Neto as the new captain. Neto was signed from Barcelona last summer. His one senior International game was a friendly against El Salvador in 2018. Neto played against us in a Europa League game for Fiorentina in February 2015.

Bournemouth made several signings in the January window including winger Dango Ouattara from Lorient for £20 million, who has played in 11 games and Ivory Coast midfielder Hamed Traore, who has played in 7 league games. They have also signed Uruguay left back Matias Vina on loan from Roma and Ghana forward Antoine Semenyo from Bristol City for more than £10m. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph (aged 35) joined from West Ham. Randolph's last senior game was on 19th May, 2021.

Another near-full house will (hopefully) be roaring Spurs on to victory. Every game is a must-win, and our next games are against top four rivals Newcastle and Manchester United. I am predicting a 3-1 home win!

Andy Madley is our match referee. It will be his third game with us this season, all of which have been at home. The last was the home win against Manchester City. Before this season, Mr. Madley’s only other game in charge of Spurs was an away win against West Brom in November 2020. Harry Kane has scored in each of the Spurs games in which Mr. Madley has officiated.

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