Spurs could struggle to come away from Dean Court with all three points.
Bournemouth v Spurs - Saturday 12:30, Sky Sports 1
Bournemouth thrashed Hull 6-1 last weekend to make it three home wins in a row, and once more the midfield trio of Wilshere, Surman and Arter were crucial to Eddie Howe’s team and their build-up play. Each of them had upwards of 90% passing accuracy against the Tigers, whilst Stanislas, Ibe and Wilson terrorised Hull’s backline. However, to put the win into perspective, it ought to be noted just how easy Hull made it for them. They constantly gave the ball away in dangerous areas and allowed the Bournemouth players to shrug off their markers with ease.
Tottenham kept up their unbeaten record in the league this season with a draw against West Brom, dominating the first half with 76% of possession but left frustrated by some fine saves by Ben Foster. However, the elation of Dele Alli’s late equaliser must be tempered by the hamstring injury to key player Toby Alderweireld. Spurs were thankful to their own keeper Hugo Lloris in the Champions League for their clean sheet away to Leverkusen and whilst the addition of Wanyama in the summer allows Eric Dier to play at the back, it is by no means an ideal solution.
Bournemouth’s upturn in form can be seen in the fact they’ve lost only once in their last six matches, scoring first in five of these. Unlike last season, their home form of late has been better than their away form, whilst Spurs have drawn four of their last eight away. With a tough upcoming schedule both in terms of the number of games and the quality of opposition, Spurs may use this match as an opportunity to rest a player or too. As a result, we fancy Bournemouth to hold their own and for Spurs to make it five draws in nine on the road, so we’re backing the stalemate at 3.7, with the1-1 correct score worth a punt at 7.5.