This is only the 3rd time these two have met in the Premier League, Spurs winning both of the previous games convincingly 5-1 and 3-0. Last season’s game at the Vitality Stadium saw Harry Kane score his only Premier League hat-trick in his golden boot winning season. Bournemouth objective again this season will be to stay up and try to establish themselves as a Premier League team. Eddie Howe is one of the youngest managers in the Premier League and has an impressive 48%-win percentage for Bournemouth. His philosophy of having his teams play football and sticking to their principles was much admired last season and although they went through difficult patches they ended up in 16th five points clear of the relegation places. During the summer Bournemouth added youth to their side by signing Nathan Ake, Brad Smith and Jordan Ibe. They also managed to sign Jack Wiltshire on loan on the last day of the window, time will see if he can have a major impact on the club.
Bournemouth have used a number of systems during this season, however they do favour a 4-2-3-1 system at home. They consistently like to have pace upfront and in the wide positions, their midfielders are technically gifted. With no natural holding midfielder, it can leave them exposed in defence having already conceded 12 goals and on average 1.50 per game, in comparison Spurs have conceded only 4 goals at an average of 0.50 per game. Bournemouth lay bottom of the Premier League in tackles per game averaging only 14.2, with Spurs averaging 17.8. Spurs continued to use the 4-1-4-1 system and it looks like this is Pochettino’s preferred formation going forward. This system does allow for more creative players to be included and relying on a sole holding midfielder. However due to Spurs ability to control possession so regularly it does seem a natural fit for this squad of players. The game should be an entertaining fixture with both teams playing passing football and going for the win.
Bournemouth will go into this game with renewed confidence after beating Hull 6-1 at home. It’s their biggest win in the Premier League to date. Their 3rd win of the campaign leaves them in 11th position on 11 points. Spurs missed the chance to go top of the Premier League with a 1-1 draw away to West Brom. In a game in which they dominated possession and created a number of excellent chances, they found Ben Foster in good form. West Brom took the lead in the 81st minute but Spurs managed to equalise in the 89th minute through Dele Alli. A draw kept their unbeaten start to the season but after creating so many chances they left The Hawthorns disappointed. Spurs have a busy fixture list in the coming weeks so it will be a good test of Pochettino’s squad, and his ability to rotate successfully.
How the teams may line up:
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