Tottenham v Bournemouth Predictions and Betting Tips
April 12, 2017
Saturday 15 April – White Hart Lane – Premier League
Title-chasing Tottenham host Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side try to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea. Time’s running out for Spurs to reel in their London rivals, which makes this a must-win fixture.
This will be just the fifth meeting between Tottenham and Bournemouth, with Spurs yet to taste defeat in the fixture. The aggregate score’s 12-1 in favour of the hosts, but the Cherries did claim a point earlier in the season at the Vitality Stadium.
Victor Wanyama is set to return for Tottenham after withdrawing from last weekend’s win over Watford. Star striker Harry Kane should start after coming off the bench for the final half hour last time out. Harry Winks and Erik Lamela miss out with long-term issues, while Danny Rose should return to training soon.
Eddie Howe is likely to stick with a centre back pairing of Steve Cook and Simon Francis, after the duo managed to keep Chelsea’s Diego Costa relatively quiet last weekend. Josh King will start in attack having scored 10 in his last 11 games, while Andrew Surman misses out. The midfielder could be out for the season after suffering a medial knee ligament injury.
Tottenham v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
With Chelsea not playing until Sunday when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, this is a huge game for Tottenham. Still with an outside chance of landing the Premier League title, Spurs can cut the gap to just four points.
Kane will be a welcome addition to the starting lineup as the hosts try to pile on the pressure. Although they’ve scored 17 times in the five matches since the striker limped off against Millwall in the FA Cup, the 23-year-old’s return from his ankle injury is a huge boost. Spurs can’t afford any slip ups at this stage, and go into the Saturday lunchtime fixture as 2/7 favourites.
Bournemouth are no pushovers though, and showed their fight and determination to claim a draw at Manchester United. This was despite going down to 10 men in the first half when Andrew Surman was sent off. You can back the Cherries at 28/5 to also take a point away from White Hart Lane. If you think they can go one better, Bournemouth are 12/1 for an unlikely win. With little threat of relegation for the visitors and the hosts chasing the Premier League crown, there could be fireworks.
Spurs to win by three or more goals at 9/5
This has been the margin of victory for Spurs in three out of the four previous meetings. With Harry Kane fit again and a title to aim for, Tottenham will be fired up for this one. A four goal winning margin for Spurs is 5/1.
Kane to score anytime at 13/20
The Englishman is after his 20th Premier League goal of the season, and is four behind Everton’s Romelu Lukaku after his injury. If you think he’ll bag a hat trick and close the gap to just one, it’s 12/1.