Spurs v Bournemouth: Another Bite at the Cherries
Spurs will be looking to build on a positive start under new manager Jose Mourinho when they host Bournemouth this Saturday – kick off 3pm. We’ve reverted to traditional Tottenham – leaking goals at the back but scoring enough at the right end of the pitch to claim the three points.
Will we see a similar pattern this weekend? Read on to find out our thoughts.
Date: November 30, 2019
Early reports suggest that there are no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s clash at the new White Hart Lane. This means that Ben Davies has joined Hugo Lloris among the longer-term casualties while Michel Vorm has yet to return to the squad after being picked up as cover between the posts.
This date has been pencilled in for Erik Lamela’s return and there are no suspensions so Jose has virtually an entire squad to choose from in his first home league game in charge.
It’s been a good week for once and it means that Spurs have shortened in the betting markets for this game. You can currently pick up the home side at best odds of 2/5 with SportingBet and Black Type while the draw comes along at a top price of 23/5 with VBet. Completing the result betting is a win for Bournemouth which is quoted at 7/1 with many outlets including Coral and William Hill.
Suddenly, the form book starts to look brighter too and if you want to put a positive spin on things, we are now unbeaten in our last five. Admittedly, we should have beaten both Everton and Sheffield United but that’s a welcome sight nevertheless.
That record is also in contrast to Bournemouth’s who have one win, two defeats and two 0-0 draws in their last five. It’s all pointing one way and that’s never entirely comforting.
Other Side Bets
Harry Kane made it 12 and 13 for the season on Tuesday night as Spurs fought back in the second half to overcome Olympiakos. The striker is in prolific form for club and country and he’s favourite to open the scoring on Saturday at best industry odds of 11/4 with Unibet and 888Sport. Son Heung-Min follows at a top price of 9/2 with the same two bookmakers while Lucas Moura is further back at 5/1 with Coral and William Hill.
Dele Alli’s return to from makes him a contender at best odds of 7/1 with Royal Panda while Christian Eriksen is tipped to start and the Dane slots in at a top price of 9/1 with SportNation and BetFred.
At a slightly shorter price than Eriksen is Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson who is quoted at a best of 17/2 with 888Sport and VBet. Wilson’s goal scoring exploits with the Cherries have brought him under the England radar and the bookies feel he is Bournemouth’s biggest threat.
Continuing our round up of remaining side bets, Both Teams to Score is listed at best odds of 4/5 with SportingBet and VBet. Bournemouth had those 0-0 draws that we referred to earlier but they have scored in each of their last three and that’s not a bad price.
In the Overs and Unders market, Spurs have scored seven and conceded four in two games under Mourinho so far. That’s an average of 5.5 per game so punters will assume it’s safe to go above 2.5 for Bournemouth and that will currently return at best odds of 8/15 with William Hill and RedZone.
It may not follow that we’ll get a goal-glut on Saturday afternoon but we’re happy to stake above the 3.5 goal line at 25/19 with VBet.
We like to consider a Correct Score bet here and those channeling the new positivity around the club can back a scoreline of Spurs 3 Bournemouth 1 at 43/4 with 10Bet. If, however, you suspect that we’re due for a reality check, a 1-0 win in favour of Eddie Howe’s men can be picked up at 25/1 with Coral.
We mentioned that Callum Wilson held the shortest price for a Bournemouth player to open the scoring. Since joining the Cherries in 2014, Wilson has 63 goals in 161 games and a respectable return of five in 11 Premier League matches this season.
It’s a record that’s seen him linked with Manchester United and called up by England so the striker is an obvious concern. Elsewhere, Josh King is the type of player many Spurs fans will be worried about – inconsistent but capable of getting back into form at any stage.
Head to Head
Saturday’s game will be just the tenth time that Spurs and Bournemouth have played each other in a professional match. The Cherries won 1-0 at home at the end of last season, with Spurs receiving two red cards, and that was just their second victory since the sides first met in an FA Cup match in 1957.
Since Bournemouth made it into the Premier League in 2015/16, we had enjoyed a run of six wins and a draw and we’ve scored at least four goals in four of those fixtures. Overall, it’s a very positive record but can we maintain it on Saturday?
While we’ve emerged with two straight wins under Jose Mourinho’s regime, most Spurs fans will be acutely aware of some issues that remain. Conceding four goals across those two matches suggests that the defence is a concern and it will be fascinating to see how the manager lines us up on Saturday.
Will Eric Dier come back in to provide the ‘shield’ or will we just rely on attack and to score more goals than them?
Readers will know that we’re reluctant to confirm a match tip but clearly we should be winning here. And, with precious little value in those result odds of 2/5 we should be looking elsewhere for our bets.
Son Heung-Min looks to be a regular starter moving forward so we’ll be a little braver than usual and back the South Korean to open the scoring. Sonny is in good form overall and, as one of those two sending offs last season, will want to put things right.
Both Teams to Score isn’t certain but Spurs’ leaky defence should allow Bournemouth to find the net at least once and that should help our final tip of over 3.5 goals to land.
Despite that, a hard fought 1-0 win will suffice but let’s all hope for a comfortable and entertaining three points on Saturday afternoon.
- Son Heung-Min to score the first goal at 9/2 with Unibet
- Both Teams to Score at 4/5 with SportingBet
- Over 3.5 Goals at 25/19 with VBet