'Really not convinced': Chris Sutton predicts result of Bournemouth v Tottenham clash
BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton has predicted the result of the Premier League meeting between Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Gary O’Neil’s Cherries host Antonio Conte’s Spurs at the Vitality Stadium in one of the day’s 3pm kickoffs.
Both Bournemouth and Tottenham are looking to get back on track in the Premier League after some disappointing results.
The Cherries and Spurs both lost their last two matches in the top flight.
In addition, Bournemouth and Tottenham also found themselves on the receiving end of controversial VAR decisions recently.
Bournemouth ended up ruing at two major officiating calls in their loss to West Ham on Monday.
And Tottenham were denied a late equaliser against Sporting CP in the Champions League on Wednesday.
‘The pressure is on Conte’
Sutton, writing on BBC Sport, predicted a 1-0 win for Spurs on the south coast.
He also spoke about both teams’ current situations.
“This is a hard one too, because I haven’t got a clue what to expect from Tottenham at the moment,” wrote Sutton.
“I was at their draw with Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday but I don’t know which side of Spurs we will see here. The team that toiled for most of the first half, or the one that ended the game so strongly and almost won it.
“It really doesn’t help much that their manager Antonio Conte keeps sending out a message about them being tired, because their players might believe him.
“They now need a point against Marseille on Tuesday to reach the last 16 of the Champions League so they have to rotate here, and the pressure is on Conte to get that right.
“It depends who plays – and I am really not convinced by Spurs from what I’ve seen of them lately anyway – but I think this one might go the same way as their last visit to the south coast, a 1-0 win at Brighton at the start of October.
“Tottenham weren’t great that day either, but they found a way to win.
“Bournemouth feel hard done by with the VAR decisions that went against them in their defeat by West Ham on Monday, but they have now lost two games on the bounce.
“The Cherries need something here and with my record of predicting their results this season, it is probably good news for them that I am saying they will lose.”
TBR prediction: Bournemouth 0 – 1 Tottenham
Bournemouth tend not to concede many at home, but they don’t tend to score many either.
However, they are likely to be more vulnerable at the back without Neto, who’s out for the long-term.
So we reckon Tottenham will have just enough to record a narrow victory – let’s call it 1-0.
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