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Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth

18 Mar

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino and Deli Alli

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Deli Alli have said the team can’t afford to be disheartened by their Europa League exit


Tottenham will assess the fitness of Eric Dier, who suffered a knock against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.

Ben Davies took a blow to the face during that Europa League defeat and he is unlikely to play on Sunday.

Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Kyle Walker will all return after being rested.

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is a doubt because of an Achilles problem, while Junior Stanislas is still sidelined by a hamstring injury.


Simon Brotherton: “In a season full of surprises, I have to say Bournemouth being 13 points clear of the drop at this stage of the campaign is one of them.

“It’s always pleasing when a team that maximises its resources and tries to play constructively is rewarded, and their safety is almost assured now.

“Only the current top two sides, Leicester and Tottenham, have earned more points since the start of December than Bournemouth’s 28.

“Hats off to Eddie Howe and his team, but they’ll be really tested here. Title-chasing Spurs have the best defensive record in the Premier League and put five past the Cherries on the south coast earlier in the season.

“Also, their focus is entirely on the Premier League now following Thursday’s Europa League exit.”

Twitter: @SimonBrotherton


Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “There is no feeling inside the camp that we are safe. There won’t be until it is mathematical, and even then the work ethic doesn’t change – we will still want to win games.”

Bournemouth (117km) and Spurs (116km) have covered the most ground per Premier League game.<!–



  • Bournemouth and Tottenham have only ever met twice: the Cherries won an FA Cup tie in 1957, while Spurs were 5-1 victors in this season’s Premier League reverse fixture.

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  • Spurs have 58 points, their best tally after 30 matches of a top-flight season since 1984-85.
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost only two of their last 16 league games at White Hart Lane (W9, D5, L2).
  • They have the best defensive record in the division, conceding just 24 times, and were the league’s joint-leading scorers with 53 goals prior to the weekend fixtures.
  • Tottenham have recovered 18 points from losing positions this season, more than any other team.
  • Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League games and now has 22 goals in all competitions this season.
  • Dele Alli has provided 10 assists in all competitions for Tottenham this season, more than any other player.


  • Bournemouth have enjoyed three successive league victories. They have yet to win four Premier League games in a row.
  • The Cherries have earned 17 points from their last nine games (W5, D2, L2).
  • Their only defeat in the last nine away matches came at Arsenal three days after Christmas.
  • Only the current top two sides, Leicester and Tottenham, have earned more points since the start of December than Bournemouth’s 28.
  • Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman has covered 361km in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.

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