Tottenham have their second successive away match and they will be keen to win as they attempt to reel in Chelsea, who slipped up at the weekend. They are now seven points behind the Blues and with the league leaders welcoming Manchester City on Wednesday, there could be another opportunity to close the gap. Their opponents this week are Swansea City, who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the league. It won’t be an easy match for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, but they will go into it as favourites motivated by the possibility of a title challenge.
Paul Clement has been excellent since taking over from Bob Bradley and the Swans have managed to climb out of the bottom three. However, results at the weekend went against them and relegation fears have increased once more. They are only one point above Hull City with eight matches left to play. Given the players in their squad, they should have enough to stay up, but they won’t fancy their chances against an in-form Tottenham side. It is a fixture that they haven’t fared well in recently, with their last victory over Spurs coming in 1991.
Pochettino played down his team’s title hopes at the weekend after they closed the gap to seven. However, he will know that the next two weeks could provide further opportunities for them to get closer to Chelsea. The league leaders have matches against Manchester City and Manchester United on the horizon, which will be difficult for them. Although Harry Kane is injured, Tottenham are playing some great football and will be full of confidence ahead of Wednesday night.
The Welsh club haven’t managed to win in their last three Premier League matches, which has been a disappointment as their rivals at the bottom keep picking up points. At the weekend, they played out a goalless draw with Middlesbrough and they will be frustrated that they didn’t win given that they dominated for much of the game.
After a disappointing loss to Liverpool in February, Tottenham have won four successive Premier League matches. Their performances haven’t been completely perfect, but they are one of the best teams in the country and Mauricio Pochettino has done a great job to establish Spurs in the top four. At the weekend, they beat Burnley with relative comfort and they will be confident of delivering a similar result in South Wales.
Fernando Llorente could return to the starting eleven and that would be great news as he was massively missed on Sunday. Martin Olsson should recover from the knock he suffered to start against Tottenham.
Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele should both return after starting from the bench at the weekend. Son Heung-min came on and scored against Burnley. He should return to the starting eleven in South Wales.
Fernando Llorente is a doubt after missing out against Middlesbrough. Leon Britton, Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer are all set to miss out through injury.
Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama are both doubts after picking up knocks against Burnley. Harry Winks will miss out with an ankle injury. Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain on the treatment table.
Verdict: Swansea City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
An away victory looks to be the most likely result as they have been in great form and have the extra motivation given Chelsea’s slip up at the weekend. They need to do keep the pressure on the Blues to ensure that they aren’t allowed to coast to the title. It remains unlikely that they will be able to catch them, but they can’t relent until it is mathematically impossible. Swansea have dropped off in recent weeks and they will need to improve significantly if they are to get a positive result on Wednesday.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Tottenham Hotspur head into tomorrow’s clash with struggling Bournemouth still searching for their first Premier League victory at Wembley Stadium. Much as been made about Spurs’ hoodoo at the national stadium, where they are temporarily based while construction continues on their new ground.
Mauricio Pochettino’s charges have dropped more points at ‘home’ so far this season than in the entirety of the last campaign. However, they take on a Bournemouth outfit that have collected four points and are above only Crystal Palace in the league standings.
Despite their difficulties at Wembley, Tottenham are unbeaten in the top-flight since August and sit third in the table with 14 points from seven matches. Their demolition of Huddersfield Town before the international break, in which the in-form Harry Kane netted a brace, highlighted their ability to crush opponents.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will be acutely aware of the task facing his side. The Cherries have a terrible record against Spurs since being promoted to the Premier League and have yet to gain a single point on their travels this term.
Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns and could be boosted by the return of Mousa Dembele, who has recovered from a foot problem. Victor Wanyama is still sidelined with a knee injury, though. Harry Winks, who impressed on his England debut, is set to retain his place in the starting XI. Long-term absentees Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are several weeks away from first team action.
Howe’s line-up will depend on whether striker Joshua King passes a fitness test after suffering a tight hamstring for Norway. Ryan Fraser and Brad Smith are both poised to miss out, after suffering knocks during the international break. Callum Wilson has been continuing his recuperation by getting minutes under his belt for the Under-23s.
Match prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Bournemouth
Spurs have thrashed Bournemouth in the two fixtures between the clubs at White Hart Lane – and a change of venue is unlikely to bring the Cherries better fortune. If at their best, Howe’s side can at least give Tottenham something to think about and prey on the anxiety they have experienced at Wembley. However, with no away form to speak of, Spurs look set to be too strong.
Liverpool vs Manchester United: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
The two most successful clubs in the history of English football will resume hostilities tomorrow, when Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield. It is a mouth-watering return to the Premier League following the international break, which sees Jose Mourinho’s side put their unbeaten start to the season on the line. The atmosphere is sure to be electric for Saturday’s early kick-off and victory for the hosts would bring them to within four points of their fierce rivals.
With only one win from their past four top-flight outings, Liverpool’s form has stalled somewhat after a bright start. Scoring goals has not been a problem for Jurgen Klopp’s men – but in contrast, no club in the top half has shipped more. It is these defensive shortcomings which have been to blame for too many dropped points.
United meanwhile, have been mightily impressive, taking 19 points from 21. For all their attacking flair, they have also been watertight in defence, with the only goals they have conceded coming in the 2-2 draw away to Stoke City.
Klopp has been left reeling from the news that key player Sadio Mane has been ruled out from up to two months after injuring his hamstring during the international break, which means Daniel Sturridge may keep his place in attack. Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are edging towards a return, although no date has yet been set.
United have selection problems of their own and will be without Marouane Fellaini, who suffered damage to his knee while playing for Belgium. Paul Pogba, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcus Rojo all remain sidelined.
Match prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United
Mourinho is a master tactician whose game-plan will be to keep it tight and frustrate Liverpool. Klopp’s team are more than capable of ruining his approach however, although Mane’s absence is a huge blow. The first goal will be crucial in deciding the outcome.
Everton vs Burnley: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Everton will look to record just their third Premier League win of the season when a high-flying Burnley take the short trip across the north west to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Sean Dyche’s side have started the year in impressive fashion, losing just once in their opening six matches, and they’ll provide another stern test for an Everton side that are struggling to grind out results.
Yet Ronald Koeman will hope his side’s comeback victory over Bournemouth last time out can add some inspiration around Merseyside and kick-start a season that hasn’t got going just yet.
Despite spending over £100million during the summer on some well-known names, Everton have found it difficult to convert that into results on the pitch with just two wins from their first six league games.
Consecutive defeats against Chelsea (2-0), Tottenham (3-0) and Manchester United (4-0) had dampened spirits around Goodison somewhat but they secured a much-needed win last week against the Cherries.
Their Europa League adventure hasn’t quite gone to plan either, losing heavily away at Atalanta before being held at home by Cypriot minnows Apollon Limassol to leave them at the bottom of Group E.
The visitors have fared a little better so far this season, only losing the once against West Brom, and they’ve already surprised a few by drawing with Liverpool and Tottenham and seeing off Chelsea.
They’ll arrive on Merseyside with a fine away record too, unbeaten in their first three matches – all three of which ironically were against these top-six contenders – and they’ll want to extend the run.
Ronald Koeman could be without the services of both Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane after the defensive duo missed out on the draw with Apollon Limassol through respective injury problems.
That could see young Mason Holgate drafted into the centre of defence alongside Ashley Williams, with Everton potentially reverting to a four-man defensive system to cater for their lengthy injury list.
There’s little to report for Burnley ahead of Sunday’s clash, although Jonathan Walters could be in contention for a spot on the bench after recovering from an ongoing ligament problem in his ankle.
Match Prediction; Everton 2-1 Burnley
Ronald Koeman will be desperate to see a reaction from his team after their disappointing late set-back against ten-man Apollon on Thursday, and he will want to make it two wins from two in the league.
But it certainly won’t be an easy task against a disciplined Burnley team, who have only conceded five goals all season despite facing a tough run of away games against Premier League title contenders.
Oumar Niasse is in-line for a start after his starring role in the win last weekend and his presence could lift a depleted Everton side, and whilst it won’t be a stroll in the park the hosts should nick a close affair.
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