Apr 14, 2017
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Tottenham vs Bournemouth: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Tottenham will host Bournemouth for the Saturday lunch-time kick-off hoping to cut the gap to leaders Chelsea to just four points and put the pressure on them ahead of their match on Sunday evening.

Going into the clash seven points adrift, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will know that anything other than a victory could all but end their slim title chances for this season.

The visitors will arrive at White Hart Lane hoping to cause a shock result that helps them secure their Premier League safety, with only seven points separating themselves and the relegation spots.

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Whereas Tottenham began to falter at this point last season, eventually losing out on second place to North London rivals Arsenal, Spurs have shown no signs of relenting so far this year.

Since their 2-0 loss to Liverpool two months ago Tottenham have been unstoppable, winning six out of six Premier League matches whilst scoring 18 goals in the process to keep up their title charge.

Their opponents for the day have been consistently inconsistent of late – the story of Bournemouth’s whole season – and a five-match unbeaten run which saw them take points off of both Liverpool and Manchester United came to an end last weekend with a resounding defeat against Chelsea.

The last time these two sides met down on the South Coast Bournemouth held Spurs to a creditable 0-0 draw, and Eddie Howe will be looking for more of that discipline as he looks to secure safety.

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The big news for the hosts is that Harry Kane is expected to return to the starting eleven after ten weeks out, with Dele Alli set to line-up behind him in the number ten role.

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Victor Wanyama could also be in-line for a starting spot after injuring himself during the warm-up last weekend, whilst England international Kyle Walker should be fit enough to return to the defence.

Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Erik Lamela are all still ruled out through their respective injuries.

For Bournemouth, Benik Afobe and Jack Wilshere will start after impressing during the defeat to Chelsea last weekend, although Callum Wilson and Andrew Surman are no closer to a return.

Predicted Line-Ups

Score Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Bournemouth

Tottenham have simply been astonishing at White Hart Lane this season, unbeaten in 16 home matches (14 of which have been victories) and it’s hard to see anything other than another win this weekend.

Bournemouth are known for having a leaky defence this year, having the third worst defensive record behind Hull City and Swansea, and a rampant Spurs side should prove to be too much to handle.

With Harry Kane returning off the bench during the win over Watford last weekend, and Dele Alli continuing the form of his life, it could be a very long afternoon for Eddie Howe’s side in London.

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