Plenty to play for in this one for Tottenham who are looking to secure their top four spot. A win away to Bournemouth on Saturday will secure them Champions League football and allow them to focus 100% on their Champions League second leg clash with Ajax. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the game while as ever we have plenty of value for you with our enhanced odds available in our FanBoosts section.
Spurs Recent Form
It is four defeats from their last five outings now for Spurs in all competitions, as their only victory came in a 1-0 result hosting the relegation-battling Seagulls, who are in terrible form themselves.
Fortunately, they face a Bournemouth side that have won just two of their 12 matches since February, losing seven times, though the Cherries have been much better on home turf, demonstrated by the fact that two-thirds of their defeats this term have come on the road.
Furthermore, the visitors have their own problems, with this fixture sandwiched by the two legs of their Champions League semi-final with Ajax, as they travel to the Netherlands 1-0 down on aggregate following Tuesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently sit in third place and have a four-point cushion to their North London rivals Arsenal in fifth, but with the Gunners hosting Brighton, Unai Emery’s men are unlikely to lose four league matches on the bounce.
That does still leave some room for error for the Lilywhites, though they won’t want to go into the final game of the season needing a win hosting an in-form Everton side, who could still be in the race for European football.
Bournemouth Recent Form
Eddie Howe’s men have a terrible record against their visitors, as they’ve lost six of seven winless encounters since promotion to the Premier League, though that solitary stalemate did come at the Vitality Stadium back in October 2016.
In fact, their record at home against the ‘Big Six’ in this entire time reads W4-D2-L17 from their 23 matches, although it should be noted that nearly half of those saw the Cherries cover the +2 Handicap, including four of their five this term alone.
That includes a 4-0 demolition of the Blues at the end of January and they certainly won’t be afraid to have a go in the final third. Not to mention, it looks the perfect time to take on this Spurs outfit with their attention elsewhere and looking weaker at the back without Jan Vertonghen.
Bournemouth v Spurs Betting Tips
Indeed, the visitors have lost four of their last five in both Europe and the Premier League without the Belgian centre-back playing at least 45 minutes, whilst they’ve won four of their last six such games he has, with the exceptions both coming against Man City.
Bournemouth posses the best assist-to-goalscorer combination in Europe’s top five leagues this season, as Ryan Fraser has set up Callum Wilson for seven goals this term. The latter is their top scorer with 14 strikes and having netted three goals and set up another three in as many games, he looks the value bet to strike.
He’s proven his ability against the top-six earlier in the campaign, netting against both Manchester clubs and he’s accounted for 50% of the hosts’ output when he has started against such teams this term.
The strikers’ chances look increasingly likely too given that Poch’s charges have lost eight of their last nine trips across all tournaments, conceding at least twice in seven, and so we’ll couple Wilson to get on the scoreboard with the Cherries on the double chance.
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