Tottenham vs Bournemouth preview, betting tips and predictions: Spurs to get off the mark by winning at WembleyPublished October 10, 2017
Tottenham by one goal @ 100/30 with SkyBet
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both to score @ 9/4 with SkyBet
Tottenham in both halves @ 11/10 with SkyBet
There aren’t many teams Tottenham would prefer to play right now than Bournemouth. The Cherries have only won one game all season, at home to Brighton, and they have not looked very organised at times. At Wembley, the same issues, which plagued Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the Champions League last season, have been on show again in the Premier League.
Spurs have become known for high energy football which is impossible to live with at its best, but having failed to win at the national stadium so far this season, it is clear to see they are struggling to replicate it. Chelsea, Burnley and Swansea have all remained organised and defended excellently in their games and that was the main reason they came away with good results. But Eddie Howe’s side have found it tough to keep their shape at Arsenal in a 3-0 defeat; they do not have midfielders who thrive on winning the ball and they play a high line, that will only play into the hosts’ hands, especially with Harry Kane in the kind of form he has been since the end of August.
The game will go one of two ways, either Bournemouth repeat the same approach as Burnley and Swansea and get a point, or Spurs will finally flex their muscles at home. Kane and Eriksen were key in their recent victory at West Ham, especially because Dele Alli struggled to make much of an impact on proceedings, and 9/4 seems like a good price for them both to score in this one, especially if they can make the breakthrough early. That will enhance the chances of our third tip, Spurs to win in both halves at 11/10.
But a precedent has been set; defend well and take chances when they come and the opportunity to take points at Wembley is there. Bournemouth’s issue is in defence, but with Jermain Defoe up front, facing his former club, they will always believe they can score goals. Backing him to score anytime at 9/4 with SkyBet is a good shout, because Spurs have only kept one clean sheet at home this season. Josh King is another good option after his goal at Everton and he is on offer at 11/4.
Key battle: Moussa Sissoko vs Harry Artur
It appears that Moussa Sissoko could finally be finding his feet in a Tottenham shirt, after a debut campaign that rendered him a laughing stock. The France international has been standing in for the injured Mousa Dembele lately, and although he doesn’t share the same level of technique as the Belgian, or many of his teammates, his physicality could be key to victory in this one.
Chelsea and Burnley particularly appeared to bully Spurs, but Bournemouth are not likely to do that. Sissoko is a real powerhouse at his best and that could be crucial when up against the likes of Artur who thrives in possession. Dominating the midfield physically as well as with the ball will give Spurs a better chance of feeding Eriksen, Alli and Kane, which they have struggled to do in previous Premier League games at Wembley.