Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to break into the Premier League’s top four when they host relegation-threatened AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. A win for Spurs would put them ahead of Manchester United temporarily, who will be playing Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Meanwhile, Bournemouth is focused on maintaining their Premier League status, currently sitting three points above the relegation zone.
Tottenham has been in good form lately, with a five-game unbeaten run under their belt. Despite off-field issues and various injuries, Cristian Stellini’s team has managed to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive. Stellini will, however, have to deal with several absentees for the clash against the Cherries, including Emerson Royal, Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon, Yves Bissouma, and Rodrigo Bentancur. Lucas Moura will also be unavailable due to suspension.
Bournemouth has shown resilience in recent matches, with three wins in their last five games. However, the Cherries will need to overcome their injury concerns to secure points in their bid for survival. Hamed Traore, Junior Stanislas, and Marcos Senesi are hoping to recover from minor issues in time to face Spurs, while Ryan Fredericks is set to miss out with a calf problem.
The match promises to be an intriguing encounter, with Tottenham boasting a strong home record and Bournemouth proving to be a difficult side to beat. Despite the Cherries’ recent form, it is predicted that Tottenham will emerge victorious with a 3-2 scoreline, further solidifying their position in the top-four race.
In the absence of several key players, Stellini will need to rely on the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and Dejan Kulusevski to deliver the goods. Bournemouth, on the other hand, will be looking for a strong performance from their attacking players, including Dominic Solanke, to spring a surprise result in North London.