Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League: Sat, 04/05  Stadium: Vitality Stadium

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In the markets, Spurs are priced well at 10/11 for victory with Bet365 but this is still something of a risk given their recent form and questions over the impact their defeat to Ajax would have had. The team struggled to create chances and will be relying heavily on Son to be the spearhead. But the concerning factor would be the lack of creativity from midfield and the poor delivery of their full-backs throughout the encounter and Pochettino will need to ensure Spurs stay focussed on this tie and not look too far ahead to their second leg. We feel there is also value in backing a Bournemouth or Draw market at 10/11, as Spurs could struggle to cope with a fast-paced Bournemouth team who could outwork their opponents.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Bournemouth welcome Tottenham to the Vitality Stadium to kick-off the weekend’s Premier League action and this should be an entertaining encounter between two attacking teams.

Bournemouth come into this game on the back of a 3-3 thriller against their south coast rivals Southampton and will be looking to give their fans something to cheer in their final home game of the season. Eddie Howe’s team have been inconsistent all year and have won just once in their last six games which was a 5-0 win over Brighton. They will be buoyed by their performance against Southampton where they twice came from behind, with goals from Dan Gosling and a Callum Wilson brace. But this performance was preceded by a 1-0 home defeat to a relegated Fulham side and the manager will need to think about his requirements for next season and how he can make a team with potential more consistent.

Tottenham are in danger of having their whole season derailed, as an almost guaranteed third place finish has turned into a battle to finish in the top four at all. The team have lost four out of their last five games in all competitions including a 1-0 home defeat to Ajax in their Champions League semi-final. The team looked flat and were outplayed by their opponents throughout the night as Spurs struggled without their attacking spearheads in Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. The South Korean star was missing due to the cautions he had picked up in the earlier rounds and this proved crucial as Spurs were overrun in midfield with Llorente struggling to help Spurs piece together their attacks. Spurs also lost their first home game at their new stadium when a Michail Antonio goal secured the points for West Ham and with Chelsea and Arsenal breathing down their necks, Spurs need to win to guarantee a top four finish.

In team news, Bournemouth remain without various first-team players with Lewis Cook, Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis, Diego Rico, Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman all out.

Tottenham will be without Jan Vertonghen who suffered a head injury against Ajax and was seen struggling to stand whilst receiving medical attention. Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks also miss out but Son Heung-min will return to boost the Spurs frontline.

In recent head to heads, Tottenham have been the dominant team having won their last four fixtures. In fact Bournemouth have never won during the Premier League era and last tasted victory back in 1957 when they won 3-1 in an FA Cup encounter. Spurs won the reverse encounter 5-0 and enjoyed a 4-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium last year where Son again bagged a brace. The sight of the South Korean will be a torturous one for the Cherries and one which Spurs hope will get them back to winning ways.

In the markets, Spurs are priced well at 10/11 for victory with Bet365 but this is still something of a risk given their recent form and questions over the impact their defeat to Ajax would have had. The team struggled to create chances and will be relying heavily on Son to be the spearhead. But the concerning factor would be the lack of creativity from midfield and the poor delivery of their full-backs throughout the encounter and Pochettino will need to ensure Spurs stay focussed on this tie and not look too far ahead to their second leg. We feel there is also value in backing a Bournemouth or Draw market at 10/11, as Spurs could struggle to cope with a fast-paced Bournemouth team who could outwork their opponents.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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