Spurs will feel they could have picked a better time to visit Bournemouth, with Eddie Howe’s men tentatively priced at 3/1 to inflict a first Premier League defeat of the season on Mauricio Pochettino and co.
Howe’s charges have taken maximum points from three top-flight home fixtures since going down to a 3-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium on the opening day of the season against Manchester United, seeing off West Brom and Everton 1-0 and thumping Hull 6-1 last time out.
The Toffees hadn’t lost any of their first five games of the campaign and are unbeaten since, so Spurs should be very wary of what their in-form hosts can do.
Junior Stanislas scored the winner in that match and bagged twice against the Tigers, but teammate Callum Wilson is rightly seen as Howe’s main dangerman by the bookies.
With eight goals in just 16 Premier League starts, there aren’t many strikers around that can match Wilson’s record and the Coventry native has three in his past five games, two of which came at headquarters.
After finding the net five times in his first six top-flight games at the start of last season, the anterior cruciate ligament injury that curtailed the 24-year-old’s fine progress is clearly far behind him, following a nine-game goalless run between returning in early April and the win over the Baggies..
It’s 9/4 Wilson makes the scoresheet again, and that looks decent going by his overall numbers.
Spurs thrashed Bournemouth 5-1 here 12 months ago, but Howe’s outfit look a much stronger, savvier unit a year on and will front up to Pochettino’s talented bunch.
You can have 1/1 about under 2.5 total goals in the match, which has been the outcome in two of the hosts’ past three Premier League home games and the visitors’ last couple on the road in all competitions.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.