Tottenham make their trip to the South Coast to take on a side that has experienced something of a miraculous upturn of form in recent weeks, and it’s a game that is sure to result in a tight encounter and plenty of goals.
When the Cherries suffered a calamitous 9-0 thrashing at Anfield, it cost manager Scott Parker his job. The sacking came just months after the former Tottenham midfielder had taken Bournemouth back to the top tier and was one that led to many backing a Premier League bet on the club making an immediate return to the EFL Championship.
Somewhat surprisingly, the club hit a superb run of form under interim boss Gary O’Neill with Bournemouth going the next six games unbeaten and moving, briefly, into the top half of the table.
Recent losses to local rivals Southampton and away at West Ham have taken some of the shine off their current good form, but they are indeed in a much better place than when O’Neill took over.
Antonio Conte finds himself in something of a poor position, and perhaps for the first time in his short time in charge of Tottenham, the Italian has begun to be the focus of some ire from Spurs fans.
Back-to-back defeats at Manchester United and home to Newcastle United were followed up by a Champions League draw with Sporting Lisbon, which has dealt the club a blow in their push to make it to the last 16 of the tournament.
It had looked as if Tottenham had beaten their Portuguese visitors in injury time, with Harry Kane netting late on, but the goal was ruled out following a VAR check, and Conte was sent off for his reaction to the decision;
“I would like to see if you can take this type of decision with a top team in an important game,”
“I would like to see if VAR is so brave to take this decision.”
“The ball is in front of Kane. I’m sorry, but I’m really upset because you can assess the situation. I don’t see honesty in this type of situation. When I don’t see this, I become really upset.”
They now need to go to Marseille and come away with something in order to finish in either of the top two spots, and that may well impact Conte’s team selection for their trip to the Vitality Stadium.
He’ll need his team to move from the disappointment in midweek, and a trip to take on Bournemouth won’t be as easy as some may have considered a few short weeks ago.
Their last two visits to Bournemouth resulted in a goalless draw in July 2020 and a narrow 1-0 defeat in May 2019.
Tottenham needs all three points to maintain the pressure on Manchester City and Arsenal, the only two sides above the North London club, and the away form Conte’s side currently hold isn’t great.
They’ve won just two of their matches on the road this season, those victories coming at Nottingham Forest and Brighton, and a win at Bournemouth is vital.
Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison are out, but Argentine battler Cristian Romero is back in the first-team set-up with his calf problem having not prevented him from featuring in recent matches.
BoyleSports are offering a tempting price boost of 11/4 on Tottenham winning and BTTS (Both Teams to Score), which may be a sensible route for this clash.
Harry Kane is in a rich run of form of late, the England international captain has scored 11 goals in all competitions already, and BoyleSports also offers a decent 3/1 on the Tottenham man to score the first goal.
For those seeking a bigger payout, how about this Grosvenor Sports offer of 16/1 on Bournemouth to win and Dominic Solaneke to net first? The former Liverpool and Chelsea man has scored two Premier League goals this season.