Preview - Bournemouth vs Tottenham March 12 2018

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Match Day 30
AFC Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur
Monday, March 12th, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth: 
Last five matches form: W W L D D
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (7)

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.9
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (24)

We have two relatively fit squads ahead of this weekend's match at the Vitality Stadium. Spurs continue to be without Toby Alderweireld whilst Eric Dier may also miss out. That may impact upon Tottenham's solidity slightly, but the home sides ability to exploit any weakness looks set to be weakened through the absence of key creative influence Jordan Ibe.

Bournemouth's solid second half  to the season has seen them go unbeaten in five at home, but they were a little lucky to come away with a point in their most recent home game with Newcastle and face a large step up in terms of the quality of opposition here.

The main danger to Tottenham here may be their motivation levels following that demoralising Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus in midweek. The race for the top four this season is still very much on though and they can't afford to get complacent now. Spurs may struggle to reach their brilliant best so soon after such a disappointment, but the gap in quality between these sides is sufficient that they can still be expected to come out on top.

There was only one goal between these two at Wembley in the reverse fixture and we anticipate a similar result this time around. This may be a good time to tackle Spurs though and we will take the Cherries to get on the scoresheet in a narrow defeat.
Prediction: AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots: 14 - 12
Shots on target: 3 - 8
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 37% - 63%

One each on the bookings front here, with Bournemouth's Dan Gosling and Tottenham's Danny Rose making their way into Mike Dean's notebook.

Bournemouth really should have been in front as early as the fourth minute here. Junior Stanislas clean through and seeming certain to score but only finding the crossbar.

Three minutes later the home side were in front and it was that man Stanislas who got the goal, receiving the ball in the left-hand side of the box before driving into the far bottom corner.

If Tottenham were going to find a way back into this, they would have to do so without their talisman as Harry Kane was taken off injured in the 34th minute.

Just one minute later though they were back on level terms. Serge Aurier putting in a delightful ball from the right for an onrushing Dele Alli to slot home. 1- 1 headed into the half time interval.

The second period was all Spurs and they took the lead in the 62nd minute. Heung-Min Son connected more with his shin than foot when latching on to an Alli cross but his scuffed effort nevertheless hit the back of the net.

In the 87th minute Son made it three, springing the offside trap to race through on goal before rounding the keeper and rifling home.

There was still time for a fourth. Aurier on hand at the far post to nod home a palmed out cross in stoppage time.

Tottenham did what they needed to do here, keeping their momentum going to maintain in the box seat for Champion's League qualification. This win sees them move above Liverpool into third spot, four points adrift of second placed Manchester United.

That's no wins in four now for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth who sit in 12th on 33 points. No great cause for alarm though with enough of the teams in below continuing to struggle to suggest the Cherries will comfortably maintain their Premier League status.

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