Tottenham vs Bournemouth – Backing a home win with both teams to score at 17/10 with Betfair
Tottenham host Bournemouth in another key game in their push for the Premier League title. They are seven points behind Chelsea, but can close the gap qith victory.
No other team in the Premier League has an unbeaten home record, and even without the injured Harry Kane, Spurs should have enough to get the points against the Cherries.
But with ten goals in his last eleven games, Bournemouth striker Josh King is among the most in form players in the league right now and as they showed at Anfield and Old Trafford, Eddie Howe’s side are not afraid to take the game to the big sides away from home.
But unlike both Manchester United and Liverpool, Spurs are more solid in midfield. Bournemouth like to play an expansive game in midfield, with both Jack Wilshere and Harry Arter looking to make forward runs and passes to join the likes of King and Benik Afobe in attack.
The presence of Victor Wanyama in the middle for Spurs will nullify the space opened up for counter attacks, of which there were many against Liverpool in particular, provided he returns to the side for this game. Whoever it is next to the Kenyan, whether it is Mousa Dembele or Eric Dier, they are able to force the opponents back by moving forward. Although Dier can also play in defence, he has scored twice in recent weeks.
With the lack of defensive responsibility collectively taken by Arter and Wilshere, there will be more space for Dele Alli to drift in to. The England man starts on the right but is given license to roam, while Christian Eriksen has been in the middle with Son Heung-Min on the left behind Vincent Janssen in Kane’s absence.
But to beat Bournemouth, the best thing to do is run directly at them. Starting Dembele next to Wanyama will pin both Wilshere and Arter back and allow space to be created for Alli and Eriksen to drop deep and join attacks, outnumbering the visitors.
If Son is up front it will also encourage more direct play from the hosts. Spurs are at their best playing high intensity football in the opposing half, and that is why Alli, a man known for his excellent close control has thrived. He either sets up attacks from deep or finds his way into the box to finish.
King will undoubtedly be the man Bournemouth look to, and whether Spurs start with a back three or back is a factor in where he’ll be most effective. He’ll look to find pockets between the third centre back and wing back if it is the latter, but he can also double up against two central defenders with Afobe in the other system.
This is a game Spurs have to win and although it could be tough, they will find a way through and take the points.