Although Spurs have won six of their seven last games none of them have been at Wembley. The Lily Whites will depend on their talismanic scorer Harry Kane to achieve that when they play Bournemouth on Saturday, October 14. Kane has been on a scoring spree getting 13 goals from his last 12 games for both club and country. It was the 24-year old’s injury time strike that saved England the blushes in a WC 2018 qualifying clash against Slovakia at Wembley last week. For the Spurs, many players will be returning from World Cup qualifying duties such as Kane, Eric Dier, and Del Alli (England), Hugo Lloris (France), Ben Davies (Wales), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen (Belgium). Lloris was especially superlative between the posts for his country and could take take credit for his country’s early entry into the Russia WC 2018.
Serge Aurier, could find himself back in the right back space after a one-match suspension against Huddersfield, while mid-fielders Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama are battling injuries and may not find themselves in the starting XI for the Bournemouth clash. Christian Eriksen should be recovering post his duties for his country, Denmark, in the WC 2018 qualifiers.
The Tottenham starting XI against Bournemouth should look something like this; Hugo Lloris; Toby Alderweireld, Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Kieran Trippier; Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Son Heung-min, Del Alli, Harry Kane.
For Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, that had finished among the top 10 in the 2016-17 season, the current one has been nothing short of a nightmare. The Cherries got of to their worst start in Premier League history, losing all their four opening games and are currently languishing in a lowly 19 spot with just a solitary win against Brighton & Hove Albion to show from their 7 games so far. They have found the back of the net just 4 times, which is less than the six that Harry Kane has scored for the Spurs this season.
Sunderland import and veteran England international forward, Jermain Defoe, who had 15 goals in all for his relegated club last season has managed just one from his seven games for his new club in the 2017-18 season. Strikers Joshua King and Andrew Surman have got just a goal apiece underlining the Cherries’ impotence in attack. The defense, too, has fared no better, letting in as many as 11 goals so far.
Since their advent into the Premier League in the 2015-16 season after a gap of six decades, Bouremouth have faced the Spurs on 4 occasions and have been trounced resoundingly in 3 and drawn once.
Barring a major upset,it’s a chance for the hosts to collect three easy points and maintain their current 3rd spot on the Premier League table.
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