James CookeTottenham vs Bournemouth, Wednesday December 26th, 15:00, Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur will try to record a sixth straight home win in all competitions when they take on Bournemouth in the Premier League on Boxing Day afternoon.
Tottenham Hotspur will try to record a sixth straight home win in all competitions when they take on Bournemouth in the Premier League on Boxing Day afternoon.
Tottenham go into the Christmas fixture list securely in the top four of the Premier League and six points off top spot, with some pundits believing they have what it takes to mount a title challenge.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s men must win games like this if they’re to maintain that push for the top.
Spurs will be buoyed by last week’s EFL Cup quarter-final victory over rivals Arsenal – a result which keeps alive their hopes of lifting their first trophy in 11 years.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s Premier League campaign is stuttering after collecting only three points from the last 21 available.
Eddie Howe’s side have failed to find the back of the net in any of their last three matches and will need the likes of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser to find form again if they’re to build on their current mid-table berth.
But Wembley Stadium is increasingly turning into a tough location for visiting teams to visit and Tottenham should edge a 1-0 win.
Son Heung-Min has scored three in his last three appearances against Bournemouth, including twice against the Cherries back in March. The South Korean forward is in fantastic form and has six goals in his last 12 appearances. He was also on the scoresheet against Arsenal in the EFL Cup last week.
Morale is high at Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won their last four domestic fixtures, recording clean sheets in their last three, and have the fourth best defensive record in the Premier League. Spurs also haven’t conceded in their last three home games against Bournemouth, so betting sites could be considered kind to offer generous odds for a Lilywhites win to nil.
Head to Head
Throughout history, Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth have met just seven times, with Spurs winning on five occasions – including a 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium last season with Christian Eriksen scoring the only goal. The Cherries have never scored in an away game against Tottenham and you have to go back to 1957 to find the last time they came out on top. In their former guise as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, they beat Spurs 3-1 in a 1956/57 FA Cup tie.
Eric Dier could make his 150th Premier League appearance for Tottenham Hotspur if he plays against Bournemouth.
No team outside the top six have scored more Premier League goals than Bournemouth this season.
Christian Eriksen needs one goal to move above Gareth Bale into outright sixth position on Tottenham’s list of all-time top Premier League scorers.
Bournemouth’s Steve Cook has made more defensive clearances than any other player in the division this season (124).
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