English Premier League
Kick Off: Saturday, 4 May at 5 PM IST
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Free English Premier League Picks Bournemouth vs. Tottenham
Bournemouth will look to upset Spurs when they host them at the Vitality stadium on Saturday in the Premier League – having said that, Bournemouth have lost six of their seven Premier League meetings with Spurs (D1), netting just two goals in those matches. Tottenham were beaten by a brilliant Ajax side 1-0 at home in the midweek and they’ll believe they can get the job done against an inconsistent Bournemouth side. The Cherries have had two bad results in consecutive matches – dropping points against relegated Fulham at home (1-0) and a draw at Southampton (3-3) – winning only 1 of their last five encounters. Spurs haven’t qualified to play in next season’s Champions League yet and they’ll need to win both of their remaining matches in order to remain on 3rd position.
The Cherries haven’t won at home since January 30 and this a perfect opportunity to change that – Spurs will look to priorities the Champions League and rest a few key players. Bournemouth duo King and Wilson have been good throughout the season, manager Eddie Howe would hope they can prove to be the difference between the two sides at the weekend. It was Callum Wilson who saved the match for Bournemouth in their previous match against the Saints – scoring two goals and an assist to Dan Gosling who scored the equaliser for the Cherries after Shane Long’s scored the opener in the 12th minute. Eddie Howe has injury concerns – Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels, Andrew Surman, Lewis Cook, Diego Rico and Junior Stanislas are all injured. Dan Gosling is expected to start, but will be assessed before the match.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost to West Ham (1-0) in their previous encounter and face Everton at Goodison park in their last match of the season – which would be a tough match for the Lilywhites. Tottenham have won two of their three Premier League away games against Bournemouth, winning 5-1 in 2015-16 and 4-1 last term. Until the end of January, Tottenham had won more away games (11), more away points (33) and scored more away goals (30) than any other Premier League side this season. Since then, they’re one of just two sides not to earn a single point on the road along with Huddersfield (L5). A win here for Spurs would give them momentum they’ll be looking for heading into the second leg of the Champion League clash in Amsterdam. Jan Vertonghen is sidelined through a head injury which he sustained playing against Ajax in the midweek. Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are still unavailable due to injuries. Meanwhile, Son Heung-min and Vincent Jansen are expected to play against the Cherries.
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Christian Eriksen has either scored or assisted a goal in six of Tottenham’s seven previous Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (3 goals, 4 assists). The only game in which he didn’t ended 0-0 in October 2016.
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine Premier League games, scoring six and assisting four.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games against Bournemouth – against no side has he scored more in the competition (also five vs Watford).
Tottenham have lost 12 Premier League games this season, last losing more in a single campaign in 2008-09 (15). Only two teams have ever lost more than 12 Premier League games and still finished in the top four – Chelsea in 1997-98 (15) and Everton in 2004-05 (13).
Bournemouth 0 – 2 Tottenham