|DATE||Saturday 30th November 2019|
This match could well have seen the visiting manager in the home
dug-out if some rumours were to be believed. Following
Mauricio Pochettino's dismissal, Eddie Howe was named among the
likely candidates to take over at Tottenham, but Jose Mourinho was
the one chosen to usher in a new era at the new stadium. Howe
is a promising young manager and has done well at Bournemouth, but
he has won nothing and the next step for Tottenham is to win
something. Therefore, Daniel Levy was looking for a winner and
he thinks he has found one in Mourinho.
But the last game between the two clubs saw Howe victorious, as he took Bournemouth to a last minute win against the nine men of Spurs. Whether that would have happened if Tottenham hadn't lost Son and Foyth to red cards (the first a dodgy one at that) is questionable.
To say that the Cherries have had an up and down season so far would be an understatement. Wins over Manchester United, Aston Villa and Southampton have to weighed against losses to Arsenal, Newcastle and Wolves. The lack of consistency is down to being unable to play a settled side, with injuries (and now suspensions) starting to eat into the squad's resources. Long terms injuries have reduced the selection options for Howe, who has mixed things up with lots of players having the same name.
Harry Wilson has come in on loan from Liverpool in midfield to try and supply Callum Wilson, the England forward, while Lewis Cook has returned from a bad injury last season in midfield, in front of Steve Cook, the rugged defender. In defence they have two Smiths - Brad out on loan to Seattle Sounders and former Spur Adam. Confusing for opponents, but hopefully they have their roles worked out at Dean Court.Callum Wilson likes to play on the shoulder of the last man, which may explain his high number of off-sides this season, but then he is also the club's top scorer and Harry scores a few, being a dead ball expert.
Steve Cook has been the Bournemouth defender who has got stuck in and got the ball away, while alongside him, Nathan Ake prefers to play passes out of defence and wins a lot of ball in the air. Howe likes his full backs to push on and in the past Spurs have had some profit in hitting Bournemouth on the break and that could be on the cards the way that Mourinho has been setting Spurs up.
Ryan Fraser is a winger who is much sought after among Premier League clubs, being a top assister and also scoring a few goals, while there re plenty of old heads who will get a foot in with Dan Gosling, Jefferson Lerma and Chris Mepham amongst them, while they may have to rely on former youngsters who they signed in Dominic Solanke and Jordon Ibe to add to their attacking ranks, with injuries to Josh King and Junior Stanislas.
Howe is an intelligent coach, who perhaps deserves a chance with a bigger club, but his spell at Burnley went badly and he returned to the South Coast where he was more at home. Maybe his opportunity will come with a club that will act as a steeping stone to the top sides. There could be a few more jobs coming up soon !
For Tottenham, there are selection issues too, with Mourinho playing the same team twice in five days and noting that there were some heavy legs. It may be time to start rotating players and with Lo Celso, Ndombele and Sessegnon not having started a game, there may be opportunities for them to line up at the kick off. Moussa Sissoko too has only had subs appearances under Jose, so could Harry Winks get a rest ?
The Head Coach will be looking for players to come in and slot into the role the occupier filled, so whether he will start with Eriksen, who it is rumoured has already agreed a move to Real Madrid or give Giovani the chance to show what he can do. If Jan is fit, will he feature and will it be at left back ?
So many questions and who
has the answers ? Mourinho we hope, as another win would beef
up the home form and continue the good start he has made, but make
no mistake, Bournemouth will not make it easy. And we are
still having trouble keeping clean sheets, so there may be a tighter
final score-line than we might hope.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 2 AFC Bournemouth 1|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs go into the home game against Bournemouth tomorrow without Ben Davies (ankle), Hugo Lloris (elbow), Michel Vorm (calf) and Erik Lamela (hamstring).
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS :
Josh King will miss the game tomorrow with a hamstring injury, David Brooks (ankle), Junior Stanilas (knee), Andrew Surman (knee), Charlie Daniels (knee) are out injured, while Ryan Fraser had a dead leg, which should have gone by Saturday and striker Dominic Solanke hopes to have shaken off a hamstring tweak, with Lloyd Kelly hoping to pass a late fitness test on a thigh injury. Suspended defender Simon Francis and midfielder Philip Billing will both miss the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
|Premier League||Kick off 15.00|
|Tottenham Hotspur 3 (1)||
Dele 20m 51s
H. Wilson 72m 37s
Rico (foul on) 67
Lerma (throwing Dele to the floor) 90
|Crowd : 59,626||Weather : Some sun, chilly|
|Referee : Lee Mason (Bolton)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Scott Ledger; Mr. Mark Scholes|
|Fourth Official : David Coote||-|
|Video Assistant Referee : Paul Tierney||Video Assistant Referee Assistant : Andy Garratt|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 10 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||AFC Bournemouth :||kit|
10 Harry KANE (c)
|Manager : Jose Mourinho||Manager : Eddie Howe|
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A game that echoed the two
matches previous under the command of Jose Mourinho eventually saw
Tottenham win 3-2, but Bournemouth had once more put Spurs to the
test and only a last-minute intervention stopped them grabbing a
draw. By that time, it should have been a foregone conclusion that
Spurs were going to win by a large margin against the Cherries again
and to keep their regulation clean sheet. However, the match nearly
turned in the last 20 minutes plus added time.
It was the goal we needed to
put even more space between us and Bournemouth, as our final pass
had not been great and that was proved to be necessary when Lewis
Cook took a shot from the edge of the box and Paulo Gazzaniga threw
himself to his right to push the ball wide at full stretch.
The escape didn't last long, as Mason have a soft free-kick 20 yards
out when Ndombele bumped into Lewis Cook. This gave Harold
Wilson a chance to show off his speciality, which he did by putting
the ball into the top corner to Gazzaniga's left to reduce the lead.
There was still just over 15 minutes left of normal time, so Spurs
needed to manage the remaining time to see out the game.
Another chance to wrap the game
up came and went, when Spurs broke on three defenders with four of
our players closing on the Bournemouth penalty area, but Dele's ball
to hid right for Kane had too much weight on it and Harry had pulled
back, so it went off for a goal-kick. Paulo was hit again by
Callum Wilson as he took a high ball that the forward had no chance
of getting, but the ref just waved play on.
Six added minutes was shown by the fourth official and Bournemouth forced a corner that Gosling headed into the side-netting, with the away fans thinking it had gone in. With Harry Winks coming on for Dele to shore up things before the final whistle, this time, it was Spurs who were caught out by a quick throw-in. Danjuma turned past Sissoko by the line and made his way along it into the area. The Dutchman pulled the ball back and Harold Wilson was there to shoot low through Callum Wilson, stood in front of Gazzaniga, into the net to make it 3-2. There was a long pause for VAR to do its stuff, which takes forever and although he was obstructing the keeper, Callum WIlson wasn't offside.
With the game now down to a one
goal lead, there wasn’t a lot of time for Spurs to see out, but a
high ball lobbed forward from Rico caught Sissoko on the turn. He
headed it back to Toby, who got a head to it, but the ball was
played forward over our defence by Ake. Callum Wilson was
through on goal, with Harold Wilson leaving it as he was off-side
and he got into the area with only Gazzaniga in front of him. Then,
out of nowhere, Jan Vertonghen stuck out a leg to divert the ball,
just as the forward was about to shoot and Serge Aurier came in to
take possession and sensibly take the ball wide and away from
danger. It was another fantastic tackle by Jan, similar to the one
out in Dortmund last season, but turned into a match-winning one,
just as valuable as any goal.
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Chelsea||0||West Ham United London||1||Saturday|
|Liverpool||2||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||2||Manchester City||2||Saturday|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||1||Sheffield United||1||Sunday|
|Manchester United||2||Aston Villa||2||Sunday|
|League Table 2019-20|
|4||Frank Lampard's Chelsea||14||8||2||5||28||20||26||+8|
|13||West Ham United London||14||4||4||6||20||24||16||-4|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||14||4||3||7||16||21||15||-5|
Position before match :
Position after match : 5th
Position after the weekend : 5th
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