Swashbuckling Spurs should maintain pressure on Chelsea
Tottenham can continue fine home run
Sky Sports 1, 12.30pm Saturday
It's deja vu all over again.
Just as they did last week, Tottenham kick off the Premier League weekend at home to a supposed lesser light at short odds, with the opportunity to put pressure on leaders Chelsea.
Watford were walloped 4-0 at White Hart Lane and Bournemouth must be fearing the same as hot Spurs go in search of a 12th consecutive Premier League home win.
Spurs are looking supreme even though they remain seven points off the title pace and another comfortable home success looks the most likely outcome. Tottenham to win in a match featuring at least three goals makes most appeal.
Mauricio Pochettino’s second-placed side have won their last six league matches and five of those have featured over 2.5 goals as Tottenham’s attackers turn on the style in what is expected to be their final season at White Hart Lane.
A whopping 32 goals have been scored in ten north London games in 2017 and top goalscorer Harry Kane was barely missed during his recent injury spell.
Heung-Min Son has scored seven times in his last five games and Dele Alli, 21 earlier this week, has bagged 16 goals since the start of December.
With Kane now back to fitness this could be a long 90 minutes for a Bournemouth side who were battered 5-0 in this fixture last season.
Kane missed out on the reverse clash which finished 0-0 but he scored five times in two games against the Cherries last term and Tottenham are an entirely different beast to the one who failed to find a path to goal on the south coast in October.
Seven days after that stalemate Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester but that was the last time any visiting side avoided defeat at White Hart Lane.
In recent times Stoke, West Brom and Watford, teams of a similar level to Bournemouth, were all sent packing with 4-0 defeats.
Bournemouth, who have conceded 19 goals in six trips away to the top seven, sit 15th but are only two points off tenth thanks to a recent upturn in results which saw them go five matches without defeat.
That run included draws at Manchester United and Liverpool before last week's 3-1 loss to Chelsea at Dean Court.
Bournemouth have scored 45 times this term which is a healthy return and given manager Eddie Howe's positive approach, they could attempt to trade blows with the long odds-on favourites.
Josh King has been one of the season's revelations with 13 Premier League goals but ultimately Bournemouth will do well to avoid more pain at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham to win & over 2.5 goals
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Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain sidelined.
Tyrone Mings returns from suspension and Junior Stanislas is back from injury. Andrew Surman and Callum Wilson remain out, while Dan Gosling is unlikely to figure.
A bet on Spurs to win and over 2.5 goals would have landed in nine of their 13 home games against sides outside the top six.