Tottenham Hotspur host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, 15 April as the LilyWhites look to resurrect their title challenge, currently trailing leaders Chelsea by seven points, with seven games left in the season.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 12:30pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
Spurs have been gradually pegging away at the Blues and have emerged as the closest challengers to the title behind Antonio Conte's men like last year, when they were trailing Leicester City. However, they fell away in the final hurdle and eventually finished the season behind Arsenal, thus relinquishing the chance to finish above their rivals for the first time in 20 years.
However, with Tottenham now 14 points ahead of the Gunners, it is all but a foregone conclusion that Spurs will break the run and finally finish above the Gunners in the 21st year of trying, putting further pressure on Arsene Wenger's reign. Mauricio Pochettino has proven that Harry Kane isn't an irreplaceable player in the team and has won games when the England international has not been able to feature through injury with addition from the likes of Dele Alli.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth had through seven matches without a win over a period spanning over two months. There a lot of trepidation in the camps that the Cherries will be drawn into a relegation battle, with a host of other teams still fighting for a place in the league next season, However, Howe has shown that all is not lost with a host of good performances at the Vitality Stadium.
Defender Tyrone Mings may make a return after serving a five-match ban for his stamp on Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Midfielder Dan Gosling, who has been ruled out of the last two games with a knee injury, is unlikely to feature after suffering a setback in training. However, Junior Stanislas may be in the squad after recovering from a groin strain.
What Managers Say
Mauricio Pochettino: "It's true that all can happen in football but we must keep that mentality that we are showing. We must show that we've improved a lot from last season and it's a big opportunity because we arrive in a similar position to last season, fighting for the Premier League with a similar gap too. But now it's [about trying] to cross that limit, to push ourselves a little bit more and trying to go further than last season." (via Standard)
Eddie Howe: "He arrives late in the box, scores all manner of goals from distance, close range and with his head," said Howe of the 21-year-old, who has again been short-listed by the PFA for the Young Player of the Year award he won in 2016. It's good to see us produce a player of this type in this country. We did look at him, but at that time we felt he was beyond us-money wise and probably club wise with the level we were at. We [Bournemouth] were Championship at the time, and we talked about him when we were at Burnley [Howe managed the Clarets from January 2011 to October 2012] as well, but he had gone beyond us quite quickly." (via Mirror)
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Tottenham win: 2/9
- Draw: 6
- Bournemouth win: 14
Possible XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane
Possible XI: Boruc; Francis, Cook, Mings, Daniels; Fraser, Arter, Wilshere, Pugh; King, Afobe