|OPPONENTS||AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium|
|DATE||Saturday 4th May 2019|
After the defeat on Tuesday by Ajax, this game assumes a new
importance to ensure Champions League football next season. A
win will ensure it, anything else will take it to the last game of
the season against Everton. Injuries have hit Spurs at the
wrong time, but they are not the only team having to use their
With Bournemouth possibly without Dan Gosling (calf), David Brooks (ankle), Adam Smith (knee) and Dominic Solanke (hamstring) are having late fitness tests, the side could be heavily changed as Lewis Cook (knee), Simon Francis (knee), Junior Stanislas (knee), Charlie Daniels (knee) and Andrew Surman (calf) all out until next season. They will still have some familiar faces available though. Ake, Wilson, Ibe, Fraser and King. Callum WIlson has been in a good vein of form this season and his partnership with Ryan Fraser has made them a dangerous duo. Unfortunately for the Cherries, the defence has conceded lots of goals this season, which has seen them slip down the table. It would be something Spurs should be aware of taking advantage of, but with injry problems of our own, it might not be that simple. Son, Llorente and Janssen are all available for this match and Pochettino has to work out how to get the best out of the resources available to him.
Bournemouth have had a tough time at home recently, but they have beaten Chelsea 4-0 there and recently ran in five at Brighton, who were reduced to ten men, although they were well beaten. Last time out they salvaged a 3-3 draw against Southampton in a see-saw game, with the previous game a 0-1 reverse against Fulham at the Vitality.
Eddie Howe has been hit by
injuries throughout the season, but Tottenham have to, so it will be
necessary for Spurs to battle to gain the space to play and it will
not be a roll-over, but a game that they have to work hard to get
the result that they want.
|PREDICTION||AFC Bournemouth 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
|Premier League||Kick off 12:30|
Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
Ake 90+0m 21s
|Crowd : 10,630||Weather : Sunny, mild, but a chilly wind|
|Referee : Craig Pawson (Sheffield & Hallamshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Ian Hussin; Mr. Darren Cann|
|Fourth Official : Simon Hooper|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 9 minutes.|
Lerma (handbags with Dele) 90+4
Dier (foul on Fraser) 11
Alderweireld (foul on Ake) 23
Sissoko (foul on King) 40
Wanyama (foul on Smith) 90+3
Dele (handbags with Lerma) 90+3
|AFC Bournemouth :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
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|Manager : Eddie Howe||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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A highly irregular refereeing display reduced Tottenham to nine men, although many people thought it should have been eight, while ignoring calls for penalties all over the place, but poor first half finishing condemned Spurs to an injury defeat, as Bournemouth finally huffed and puffed their defensive walls down to put the pressure on Tottenham to win their last game of the season to get Champions League football.
Changes to both sides meant
a few adjustments to the style of play, but Spurs appeared to have
expected that Bournemouth would close them down quickly and
they realised that they would have to move the ball quickly. With a
competitive opening, Lucas Moura robbed the ball just inside his own
half and immediately drove a shot at goal from the halfway line and
the ball beat the keeper, who was way off his line, but missed by
less than a yard. That was after seven minutes and apart from the
wide free-kick struck by the fouled Fraser (which Dier got booked
for) and a header off target from Lucas (who was offside), the
opening 12 minutes wasnít thrill-packed. But Dele took
Dierís pass on the left corner of the box, dragged the ball back
losing his two markers and drilled a shot on target that debutant
keeper Travers pushed out for a corner.
In the last minute, Rose
blocked a shot from close range by Mousset and then Davies blocked
Akeís effort for a corner. From it a scramble ensued and Lloris
kicked the ball clear as three red and black shirts closed in just a
couple of yards from goal. It was all for nothing, as a minute into
injury time, Ake had a free run on a corner and headed past Lloris
from a few yards out. It was a blow when the team had held out for
so long, but it was going to be hard to get anything from a game
when everything has gone against you.
Put it behind us and those two games now look like cup finals in themselves. Can Spurs go one better and make that three ?
This was the first time
Bournemouth had won a league match against Tottenham.
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|What you thought|
The card count makes it look like the Battle of the Bridge and we
will get done by the FA again, especially as we have been punished
before. Rather than that, they should have a look at the
shocking refereeing. We have been hard done by this season and
the whole Mike Dean thing sticks in the craw, as it was never
revealed what he said to Pochettino, while the FA made it public
what Mauricio had said.
Double standards and no
consistency. The story of refereeing in this country.
They are wasting our time more than most goalkeepers do !
With Chelsea and Arsenal having simple games to take points from in
their remaining two fixtures, our recent shocking run leaves us in
peril of not making the Champions League next season. How do
we wait until now to have our worst run of results in years ?
Those dropped points against
Burnley and Southampton are looking embarrassing now.
|Sid E. Netting||We
should have been out of sight in the first half, so even going down
to nine men, we should have had a good enough lead to make sure that
we weren't going to be caught. Now we have to rely on other
results and win against Everton, who have just hit a bit of form.
Son suspended and Kane still
not fit. It has a career defining moment for Vincent Janssen
written all over it !!
|Other scores during this week :|
|Cardiff City||2||Crystal Palace||3||Saturday|
|West Ham United London||3||Southampton||0||Saturday|
|Arsenal||1||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||Sunday|
|Manchester United||1||Huddersfield Town||1||Sunday|
|Manchester City||1||Leicester City||0||Monday|
|League Table 2018-19|
|11||West Ham United London||37||14||8||15||48||54||49||-6|
|17||Brighton & Hove Albion||37||9||9||19||34||56||36||-22|
Position before match :
Position after match : 3rd
Position after the weekend : 4th
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