Bournemouth hosts Tottenham Hotspur in round 34 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Thursday, July 9th at Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth)
Bournemouth conceded in each of 16 previous matches in the Premier League, and Tottenham has scored in each of 10 games since mid-January. These statistics are enough to illustrate the meager likelihood of a home team’s clean sheet. The Cherries are fighting for survival, but they lost in all the matches after the restart of the championship because they conceded an unacceptable amount (12 goals in 4 games). Their coach would like to strengthen the defense, but the injuries of Daniels, Francis, Mepham, Stacey, and Cook prevent him from this. Bournemouth needs only victory because any other result will not bring it closer to eliminating the 4-point gap from the safe zone. There are only five rounds left, and the opponents will be very difficult - Leicester, Man City, Southampton, and Everton. Therefore, the Cherries need to take risks.
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In fact, Tottenham is in a similar position - only victories, together with favorable outcomes of parallel matches, will help the team change the current eighth line to a more presentable one. That is, the Spurs have nowhere to retreat. The tournament motivation will force Mourinho's men to run forward because it is inexpedient to hope for a defense that did not gain clean sheets since January. It will be weakened by the absence of disqualified Dyer, the loss of whom turned into a scoring defeat at Stamford Bridge in the last round (2:1). A week ago, Tottenham conceded three goals in Sheffield (3:1), but the coaching staff makes no visible attempts to establish defensive mechanisms. It seems that Tottenham will not keep a clean sheet either.
Only direct competitors will be happy with a goal exchange in a drawn match, so these teams will not stop on the 1:1 score. The psychological state of Bournemouth’s players is probably far from ideal, so the structure of the hosts’ game can easily fall apart due to a couple of conceded goals. The lineup of Tottenham is full of attacking players who are in good shape and can load Ramsdale no less than in the first round (3:2). The same Kane began to look more convincing and scored in two matches after returning to the starting lineup. This means that the bar of three goals scored can be easily taken, as it was in 10 of 13 previous matches of Howe’s team in the championship.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored