OPPONENTS AFC Bournemouth 
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Saturday 22nd October 2016
VENUE Vitality Stadium
2.  Simon FRANCIS
3.  Steve COOK
5.  Nathan AKE
6.  Andrew SURMAN
7.  Marc PUGH
8.  Harry ARTER
9.  Benik AFOBE
10.  Max GRADEL
11.  Charlie DANIELS
13.  Callum WILSON
14.  Brad SMITH
15.  Adam SMITH
17.  Joshua KING
18.  Lewis COOK
19.  Junior STANISLAUS
20.  Marc WILSON
21.   Ryan ALLSOP
22.  Emerson HYNDMAN
23.   Adam FEDERICI
24.  Ryan FRASER
26.  Tyrone MINGS
28.  Lewis GRABBAN
31.  Lys MOUSSET
32.  Jack WILSHIRE
33.  Jordan IBE
37.  Corey JORDAN
40.  Oliver HARFIELD
43.  Callum BUCKLEY
45.  Jordan HOLMES
47.  Jordan LEE
57.  Keelan O'CONNELL
PREVIEW With the return of Callum Wilson, Bournemouth have a cutting edge up front to add to the attacking prowess of Junior Stanislaus and the wing play of Jordan Ibe.  Eddie Howe's side knocked six past Hull City last week and his philosophy of getting the ball forward quickly suing the width of the pitch, before delivering balls into the box for the strikers is now paying off.  Having established Bournemouth in the Premier League after promotion from the Championship, Howe has signed some players that have increased the quality of the side to add to the nucleus of players who came up with the Cherries.  Utilising the wide men in former Spurs full backs Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith, the ammunition for Wilson and Stanislaus is regularly supplied, with both the ex-Tottenham ne also capable of getting on the score-sheet.

Also available in attack are ex-Gooner Benik Afobe, who no doubt will be saying he can outscore Harry Kane again this season, after failing last season, but with Kane having missed a good month and a half, he still tops Afobe's goal total of 0.  Another striker they could play is Lewis Grabban, who returned to the South Coast after an unhappy and short stay at Norwich City.  He has pace and a good finish, so will need to be denied space around the box.  Lys Mousset I don't know much about, other than the 20 year old Frenchman has had little time to show what he is capable of, but Josh King is a former Blackburn Rovers forward, who has a good turn of pace.

At the back, there might be some scope of capitalising on space and errors, as Tommy Elphick may have gone, but Steve Cook and Simon Francis might get caught out with the two wing backs leaving space behind them as they go forward.  Using the break could be a potent weapon for Tottenham, as long as they are able to finish moves off.  They have Nathan Ake on loan from Chelsea, but his playing time has been limited, while Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith signed last year from Ipswich Town and this summer from Liverpool have yet to appear in the first team, while Marc Wilson's move from Stoke City has not got him any on-pitch action so far.

With the driving force in midfield of Harry Arter only given a 50% chance of playing, they will relying on over-weight Arsenal reject Jack Wilshire, who has been reduced (the only thing about him that has been reduced) to a loan with the South Coast club for the season, a far cry from the hyped up fanfare that followed his early (injury free) career.  He will no doubt be up for the match, as will the ex-Spurs contingent, but Lewis Cook is also out and Dan Gosling's return to action helps Howe out in replacing the injured parties.  Andrew Surman is a genuine battler, but the other returning midfielder - wide man Max Gradel adds pace and skill to this area of the team.

Artur Boruc is a keeper who has the ability to be unbeatable or be a liability. Last season he didn't have a very good game against us at the Vitality stadium, but he can be big and effective.  So, who knows which one will turn up ?  Adam Federici left Reading to join Bournemouth and is a sound keeper, but may be suspect when put under pressure. 

Tottenham are without Toby Alderweireld again, but look secure with Eric Dier there and they might have Kevin Wimmer available, as Wanyama is shining in midfield and may have Dier back alongside him.  Dele Alli will probably partner Lamela and Dembele, as Spurs try to bring the best out of Vincent Janssen.  The media spotlight on his failure to score in the Premier League as yet is unfair and he will get more once the first goes in, as happened for Harry Kane. 

Tottenham have lacked a lot of goals as a team and need to start putting away the chances they make, with more contribution.  I think that resting Eriksen might mean it is a little harder to create those opportunities, but think that we might still be able to out-run and out-pass a side, who almost match Pochettino's ethos in the way the game should be played.

PREDICTION AFC Bournemouth    1        Tottenham Hotspur    3
LAST SEASON'S MEETING For a look back at the match report, click here.
RESULTS HISTORY Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with AFC Bournemouth
Midfielder Harry Arter is only 50-50 for the game against Spurs, while Lewis Cook (foot) and  Brad Smith (foot) are definitely out of the match.  Meanwhile winger Max Gradel could return to the team as he is now over a hamstring injury. 
Toby Alderweireld will be missing from the Spurs line-up as he recovers from a knee injury, while Danny Rose is doubtful with a foot injury picked up in Germany in midweek.  Harry Kane is still continuing his come-back from ankle ligament damage.

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AFC Bournemouth  0 (0)  

Premier League
Saturday 22nd October 2016
Vitality Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur  0 (0)

Kick off 12:30
None None
Gosling (persistent fouling) 39
Gradel (kicking ball away) 67



Lamela (foul on Smith) 17
Vertonghen (foul on Wilson) 35
Alli (foul on Smith) 37
Rose (foul on King) 43   


Crowd :   11,201 Weather :  Sunny, mild
Referee :  Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) Assistant Referees :  Mr. S. Ledger; Mr. P. Kirkup
Fourth Official :  Roger East  
AFC Bournemouth kicked off and played towards the South Stand in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 7 minutes.
AFC Bournemouth : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Artur BORUC

15  Adam SMITH
  4  Steve COOK
11  Charlie DANIELS

  8  Harry ARTER
  4  Dan GOSLING     
17  Josh KING  (24  Ryan FRASER  88)

33  Jordan IBE  (10  Max GRADEL  60     )

13  Callum WILSON  (  9  Benik AFOBE  82)

Unused subs: 
  5  Nathan AKE
Tyrone MINGS


    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

  2  Kyle WALKER
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN     
  3  Danny ROSE     

12  Victor WANYAMA
19  Mousa DEMBELE 

11  Erik LAMELA     
20  DELE Alli       (17  Moussa SISSOKO  72)
Christian ERIKSEN

  7  Heung-Min SON  (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  62)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

16  Kieran TRIPPIER
27  Kevin WIMMER
33  Ben DAVIES
28  Harry WINKS

Manager :  Eddie Howe Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
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Match report

With both sides having to make changes, it was a surprisingly solid performance from them in a game dominated by closing down and therefore, it is not too much of a shock that it ended goal-less, although there were chances at both ends.  Bournemouth only had one on target and Spurs were denied by constant blocking and being crowded out, although they did over-play a little in the last third.

With Surman taken ill in the warm-up, the Cherries had to change things around and Fat Wilshire had to complete his first full game in over two years, which was a feat, because 'high intensity closing down' and 'Fat Wilshire' are words that rarely feature in the same sentence.  He generally stood around until the ball came to him and then he gave it away.    For Spurs, Dier remained at centre-half, while Dembele came in as the partner for Wanyama in defensive midfield and Son led the line.

Bournemouth are well known for their quick starts. After Alli had played the ball forward first time from a poor clearance by Boruc to an offside Son, a short corner routine gave the Cherries a sniff of goal inside the first ten minutes. With the ball played into the near post, where King stepped over the ball to allow Gosling to cross low into the goalmouth from the dead ball line. Former Spurs defender Charlie Daniels got a toe-poke on the ball and it went low, with Lloris diving the wrong way, but he threw up a leg and the ball flew up and came out off the bar.

16 minutes in, Dele Alli performed a double nutmeg on the left wing, leaving the ball for Lamela to take over and his run at the defence did not bring a tackle, so he measured his shot and was unlucky to see it bounce over off the very corner of bar and post. His next involvement was not so adept, as he slid in on Adam Smith and took his legs after the ball had gone, earning a yellow card.

Bournemouth were pressing high and hard, but when Spurs were able to find a pass, they shifted the ball quickly to move it into the home side's half. Lacking a clinical final ball, there were few chances created though. The referee appeared to be giving soft free-kicks against Spurs, with none being in dangerous positions, while fouls on Spurs players were allowed to go.

Spurs worked the ball well on the right and when it came inside to Eriksen, his shot was deflected and appeared to be going inside the left hand post of Boruc until he dived to push it out for a corner. Vertonghen took over the role of Alderweireld in producing a fine diagonal ball that Son got on the end of, but he was offside once again. That was just after 25 minutes, as Spurs were spending a little more time in the Bournemouth half. Walker swung in a right wing cross that Francis mis-kicked, only for it to go gently back to Boruc and then Dembele opened up the left wing for Son, inside the box and he turned back to lay it into Danny Rose's path, but his cross-shot was blocked.

Alli picked up a booking for dragging back Smith after the former Spurs man had nut-megged him, with this coming after Vertonghen had received one for bringing down Wilson and then Gosling fouled Walker, which was one too many for the ref. The crowd were incensed when Lamela stretched to tackle Gosling and was kicked by the Bournemouth man as he got a touch to the ball first, but the home fans thought he should have got a second caution. Funny that they didn't think it necessary when Ibe ran into Dembele and looked for a penalty.

Wilshire went on a fantastic fifteen yard run before collapsing with exhaustion and wanting a booking for Wanyama, who was simply fitter and stronger than him. Rose went into the book for a foul on King and the game was disintegrating into a scrappy affair. Spurs failed to test Boruc, who is vulnerable when pressurised, with Bournemouth perhaps the better side on the attack, but Spurs were hampered by inconsistent refereeing and the lack of finding a pass to free a player going forward.

Spurs kicked off the second half and looked dangerous, with Alli smacking a shot from 18 yards after that Boruc pushed wide. Eriksen produced a neat flick to free Lamela running through from halfway and he did well out-pacing the Bournemouth chasers until he got in the area, when he tried one more touch and was robbed of the ball. He came closer a minute later, when Wanyama set him up, after Smith had hacked down Alli, but his shot from a narrow angle flew just over the angle of bar and post.

Alli tried to thread a pass through a forest of legs and the ball was cleared and then Eriksen tried a similar pass to Walker and it was picked off. The pace of the game had been picked up by Spurs and they were finding Walker and Rose better positions higher up the pitch. By the full backs getting ahead of the midfield, they were pulling home players out of position too.

Son had shot when Alli found him on the left of goal, but it was blocked away for a corner and Janssen came on for the South Korean straight away. With Spurs pushing on and Bournemouth losing a bit of their vitality, Vincent's physical presence was a good move. A free-kick on the right corner of the box was given when substitute Gradel fouled Walker and it was swung in by Lamela, but it was straight at Boruc.

Bournemouth's passing was too heavy and there was space opening up, as they tired after the effort they put in during the first half. However, Spurs nearly handed Bournemouth a good chance, with Dembele being dispossessed on the edge of the box and Wilson;s cross was cut out at the near post.

Wanyama took studs in the upper calf, by a reckless tackle from Arter, with no free-kick or yellow card issued, while Moussa Sissoko came on for Alli. Petty free-kicks broke up the game as it approached the last fifteen minutes, but Lamela put Sissoko wide on the right and his first time low ball cut back across the area gave Danny Rose a shooting chance, but he didn't get a decent contact on the ball, but Boruc had to flump to his right to get behind the on-target effort. Eriksen was put through by Eriksen, but he was out-numbered and had little support, so got squeezed out.

There was a flashpoint when Arter went into grab the ball when Sissoko was about to take a free-kick and got an elbow in the face, but the Bournemouth midfielder started grabbing shirts and both players got a talking to. The referee gave an innocuous free-kick against Janssen after he tried to win the ball back on the edge of the box having been pulled back himself. Then Spurs were grateful to Wanyama and Vertonghen for tackles in their own box as Wilshire looked to get in on a pass and then Gradel the second ball.

Eriksen almost opened up the Bournemouth defence, when he slipped a pass to Lamela, but Smith dived in to block his shot. From the block, Bournemouth broke away when Jan lost the ball and Mousa Dembele covered a lot of ground to get back and tackle the winger as he got into the box. Bournemouth then had another chance, as Francis' cross was headed over by Afobe. Gradel looked for a penalty, when he went down under challenge from Walker, but the Bournemouth sub had spent most of his time on the pitch on the turf, so the ref waved his appeals away.

Bournemouth had the better of the first half, with Spurs taking the second. Spurs still remain unbeaten, but it was the first game of the season that did not same outcome as the corresponding game last season. Level with Manchester City and Arsenal on points, but having played a game more and it may have been the over-passing around the Cherries' penalty area that cost us, as the home side got enough players back to block efforts on goal and for the second game running, Tottenham failed to score.  That is a worry, as we do not appear to fancy long shots, which might have tested Boruc more and could have given Son or Janssen the opportunity of a rebound.  Working good positions around the box is great when a goal comes form it, but often, it allowed Bournemouth to break on us, using the pace they have up front.  Our solid defence played well to restrict the number of efforts on goal that the home team had, but a better team might have made more of them.

With the youngsters set to be given a run-out at Anfield on Tuesday, there will be the chance for some first teamers to rest up before the Premier League champions come to visit next Saturday.  It is now a game we need to win, as the draws are allowing us to be caught and overtaken.

Gavin Stone




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What you thought
Stan Chun The commentary team were so biased against Spurs, it was embarrassing. When there was a face-off between players, they were suggesting it was Wanyama getting revenge for Arter's high tackle on him earlier.

Sky really do saddle Spurs with some dross when they are televised live, with Alan Smith being the usual suspect, but it appears that Davie Provan is now singing from the same song-sheet.

And how they could say that Wilshite had a good game !  Really ?  I thought he was weak on the ball, non-existent off it and his passing was rank bad.  All our players were world beaters if compared to his performance then.

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Other scores during this week :
Arsenal 0 Middlesbrough 0 Saturday
Burnley 2 Everton 1 Saturday
Hull City 0 Stoke City 2 Saturday
Leicester City 3 Crystal Palace 1 Saturday
Liverpool 2 West Bromwich Albion 1 Saturday
Swansea City 0 Watford 0 Saturday
West Ham United London 1 Sunderland 0 Saturday
Chelsea 4 Manchester United 0 Sunday
Manchester City 1 Southampton 1 Sunday



League Table  2016-17
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester City 9 6 2 1 20 9 20 +11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 19 9 20 +10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 10 20 +10
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 9 19 +10
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 9 5 4 0 13 4 19 +9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 13 8 15 +5
7 Manchester United 9 4 2 3 13 12 14 +1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 11 8 13 +3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 13 13 12 0
10 Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 12 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 12 12 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 15 11 -4
13 West Bromwich Albion 9 2 4 3 10 10 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 8 13 10 -5
15 West Ham United London 9 3 1 5 10 17 10 -7
16 Stoke City 9 2 3 4 9 16 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 11 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 8 22 7 -14
19 Swansea City 9 1 2 6 8 15 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 6 16 2 -10

Position before match :  3rd
Position after match :  4th
Position after the weekend :  5th


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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