By Danny Lewis
AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur will both be feeling confident at the moment. Spurs are looking to catch Leicester City and take the spot at the top of the table, while Cherries are looking to continue their climb up the Premier League table as they sit comfortably above the drop zone in 13th.
Cherries come into this game on the back of three vital Premier League wins, against south coast rivals Southampton and lower league competition Newcastle United and Swansea City, which should help them psychologically coming into Sunday’s fixture.
Cherries will be hoping for a very different result to that of their last meeting with Tottenham, as they lost 5-1. However, that was at the beginning of the season and it has to be said that Bournemouth have improved massively since then and cut out the individual mistakes that cost them in that game and so it should be a much closer affair this time around.
Talking ahead of Sunday’s game, commenting on the previous encounter Eddie Howe said: “From our perspective we want to see how much we’ve improved, if we’ve bridged the gap in quality and it will be interesting to see the results.”
There will be a late decision made on whether Harry Arter is fit enough to feature for Bournemouth and Junior Stanislas, Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings will all be out for the game.
Callum Wilson could be close to making his return to the side soon though, as Eddie Howe said: “We’re closer to getting him back, he’s improving all the time. He’s had his first couple of training sessions with us, so things look good for him.”
Tottenham Hotspur will be without Clinton Njie, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies for Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane.
Speaking about Tottenham and their title challenge, Bournemouth centre back Steve Cook said: “We’ll be looking to turn the crowd on Sunday and make the atmosphere a bit tense and then that filters onto the pitch. We want to start the game well, force them back and impose ourselves on the game to make it more tense for them.”
Danny Lewis’ Prediction
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 AFC Bournemouth
Tottenham are going to be looking to win this game because of their title aspirations, but Bournemouth’s great form and the confidence that it will give the team makes me feel like they can get something from the game. Tottenham will be under a lot of pressure, whereas the pressure on Cherries will have eased slightly due to the gap between themselves and the relegation zone. Despite this, Spurs are still a dangerous side and so I predict that there will be a score draw.