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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Bournemouth v Spurs, 26.08.23

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Full league history - Spurs v Bournemouth:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         6   5   0   1    18-5   15
Away         6   3   2   1    12-5   11
Total(Prem) 12   8   2   2    30-10  26   2.16 Pts per game
Grand Total 12   8   2   2    30-10  26 

Last Six Premier League results:-

B'mouth    -    LLLLDL

B'mouth    1-3    Chelsea
C. Palace  2-0    B'mouth
B'mouth    0-1    Man Utd
Everton    1-0    B'mouth
B'mouth    1-1    West Ham
Liverpool  3-1    B'mouth 

Spurs      -    WLLWDW
Spurs      1-0    C. Palace
A. Villa   2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-3    Brentford
Leeds      1-4    Spurs
Brentford  2-2    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Man Utd

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs    2  1  1  0   4-2    2    4
14. B'mouth  2  0  1  1   2-4   -2    1 

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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

Ange Postecoglou's Spurs travel to Bournemouth in buoyant mood following a promising start to the season, and a crowd-pleasing performance when beating Manchester United last Saturday tea-time.

This Saturday, we open the day's proceedings with the 12.30 game being televised by TNT SPORTS (formerly BT SPORT). Last year's game was an exciting 3-2 win for Spurs in which they went down to two first half goals by Kieffer Moore who has only scored once for his club since.

Spurs came back with second half goals by Ryan Sessegnon, Ben Davies, and an added time winner by Rodrigo Bentancur, who scored his second vital goal in four days. Bentancur will relish returning to this Spurs side, as will his fans. However, I had hoped Rodrigo would be back in action next month, but we might have to wait till October, which would be a great shame.

Both last season's games ended with 3-2 scorelines, both in favour of the away teams. Three of our last four games have finished 3-2.

In June, Bournemouth announced the departure of Gary O'Neil, who had taken over from Scott Parker early last season and kept Bournemouth in the Premier League. His replacement is ex-Rayo Vallecano coach Andoni Iraola, who had a long playing career with Athletic Bilbao. Iraola played in a pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane in August 2011.

Bournemouth's last league win was seven games ago and was a 4-1 home win over relegated Leeds. Their scorers on that occasion were Lerma (2), Solanke, and Semenyo. Lerma, who spent 5 seasons at Bournemouth, moved on a free transfer to Crystal Palace in the summer. Lerma has played 90 minutes in both Palace's games so far.

Solanke was signed from Liverpool in January 2019 and has scored 54 league goals for "The Cherries" in 163 appearances, including their first home game this season against West Ham. Solanke also scored one of the goals in Bournemouth's 3-2 win at Tottenham in April.

Bournemouth's away win brought an end to a winning sequence of five home games for Spurs against "The Cherries" in which the aggregate scoreline had been 16-2. It is also ended a run of five consecutive home wins for Spurs last season. It was their first away win against Spurs. Having beaten Leicester away in the previous week, it was the first time "The Cherries" had successive away wins since 2018, and the first occasion they had won two consecutive Premier League games since 2020.

Bournemouth's victims in 2018 were Watford (4-0) and Fulham 3-0. In 2020, then still under Eddie Howe's leadership, they beat both Brighton and Aston Villa at The Vitality Stadium.

Bournemouth's other scorer in last season's win over Leeds was Ghanaian Antoine Semenyo, signed in January from Bristol City for £9m. Semenyo scored the surprise 3rd minute opener in front of Liverpool's Kop Stand last week.

Bournemouth confirmed the permanent signing of midfielder Hamed Traore from Serie A side Sassuolo, who had signed on loan in January. Other signings include Hungary left-back Milos Kerkez from AZ Alkmaar, midfielder Alex Scott from Bristol City and defender Max Aarons from Norwich City. Scott has a knee injury which will keep him out for two months.

Last week Bournemouth signed midfielder Tyler Adams from Leeds United for a fee understood to be in excess of £20m. Previously, it had been thought Adams would go to Chelsea. Adams is a USA international who played against Spurs for his last two clubs - Leipzig and Leeds. He did not feature in our last-day win at Elland Road last season.

Apart from new signing Scott, Bournemouth could be missing former Spurs Adam Smith, and Ryan Fredericks (latterly at West Ham). Lewis Cook is also a doubt. Midfielders Marcus Tavernier and Dango Outtara suffered pre-season injuries and definitely miss the game.

Whilst I did not spot James Maddison in pre-match training images, Ange Postecoglou confirmed that he had trained on Friday and should be okay to play. Maddison left the ground in a protective boot last week, but that was a precaution. Giovani Lo Celso impressed pre-season, and has yet to appear after our first two games, but will be waiting in the wings.

I am looking forward to the game and predict a 2-1 win for Spurs.

Match referee Tim Robinson is in charge of only his third game with Spurs, having previously overseen last season's defeat at Wolves (who now employ former Bournemouth manager Gary O'Neil) and a 2017 League Cup win over Barnsley. This is Mr Robinson's first Premier League game in charge this season.

Did you know? The legendary George Best played his final Football League games for Bournemouth 40 years ago between March and May 1983. "The Cherries" were in the old Division Three, and Best featured against Newport, Chesterfield, Southend, Lincoln and Wigan. He didn't score. Best's last league goal was scored for Fulham against Sunderland in November, 1978. When Bournemouth met Wigan in Best's final league game, his former Manchester United team-mate Bobby Charlton was Wigan's caretaker manager!

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