Tottenham Hotspur is still in the English Premier League title race, but must keep winning their games to stay within striking distance of league-leading Leicester City. This makes Spurs’ game against Bournemouth at home at White Hart Lane in London on Sunday, March 20 a crucial one. Bournemouth appear to be safe from the relegation zone with a seven-point lead over 18th-place Norwich City, but they can’t afford to rest on their laurels now with just eight games to play.
- bet365 currently lists Tottenham as the favorites at 4/7 with Bournemouth 6/1 and a draw at 7/2
Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth – Head to Head:
- These two sides met at Bournemouth back on October 15 with Spurs taking all three points with a 5-1 demolition job. Overall, the teams have met just twice in the past with each side winning a game. Bournemouth won 3-1 at home in the FA Cup way back in February of 1957.
Spurs are looking for their first league title crown since 1961, but they could be running out of gas. They’re coming off of a 2-1 loss to German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund at home on Thursday in the Europa League and were ousted from the tournament 5-1 on aggregate over two legs. Tottenham enter the weekend with 63 points from 16 wins, 10 draws and four losses with a league-high 53 goals scored and a league-low 24 against. They’re five points behind Leicester, six ahead of third-place Arsenal, seven ahead of fourth-place Manchester City and nine in front of fifth-place West Ham United.
Spurs have eight victories at home along with five draws and two defeats with 27 goals for and 12 against. They have half a dozen clean sheets at White Hart Lane and have been shut out there four times. Overall, they’ve posted 10 clean sheets and have failed to score on six occasions. Spurs have four wins, a loss and a draw in their past six home outings, but will be facing an in-form Bournemouth side that has won three games in a row.
Bournemouth occupies 13th place in the 20-team league with 38 points from 10 wins, eight draws and 12 losses with 38 goals scored and 47 allowed. They have five wins on the road along with four draws and six losses while scoring 18 times and conceding 24. Bournemouth has three clean sheets on the road and has failed to score five times. Overall, they’ve registered seven clean sheets and have been shut out on nine occasions. They’ve been hot on the road lately with just one loss on their last six trips along with two wins and three draws. In fact, they’ve been beaten just once in their last nine road fixtures, which was to Arsenal in London.
Spurs’ English international striker Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his past nine league contests and has 19 on the season. His team has lost just twice in their last 16 home league encounters with nine wins and five draws. Bournemouth is unbeaten in their past four league matches and have lost just two of their past nine. Bournemouth will likely be without Junior Stanislas and Harry Arter for the game while Spurs should be without Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie.
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By Ian Palmer