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Full-time: Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham

  • Spurs remain third but stretch their unbeaten Premier League run to nine matches with a frantic, high-tempo goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium
  • Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half, with Hugo Lloris deflecting a Charlie Daniels shot against the crossbar and Erik Lamela hitting the post with a swerving effort from distance
  • Mauricio Pochettino's side, who received four yellow cards in a frustrating first half, should have gone down to 10 men late on when Moussa Sissoko appeared to catch Harry Arter with an elbow
  • Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere completes 90 minutes of competitive football for the first time since September 2014
  • Bournemouth lost Andrew Surman to illness during the warm-up
  • Later: Arsenal vs Middlesbrough, Liverpool vs West Brom
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That is just about it for this particular blog, but be sure to join my IBTimes UK colleague Josh Evans for live coverage of today's five 15.00 BST kick-offs including Arsenal vs Middlesbrough from the Emirates Stadium.

I will be back later this afternoon to guide you through Liverpool's home clash with West Brom.

Goodbye for now.

So honours even on the south coast after a frantic and entirely watchable goalless draw. Tottenham picked up the pace after a disappointing and ill-disciplined first half, but lacked the necessary cutting edge to dig out a victory that would have temporarily taken them to the summit of the Premier League.

They also should have been reduced to 10 men late on and could have been staring at their first defeat of the season had Afobe's late header been a few inches lower. Pochettino's men stay third on goal difference and travel to Liverpool in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Howe will be content with another committed Bournemouth display that preserves their positive recent home record. The Cherries move up to ninth for the time being and make the long trip north to Middlesbrough next Saturday.


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Despite being second best for the majority of this second half, it is Bournemouth who are pushing for a winner here. Francis turns a sluggish Janssen over on the right-hand side and whips in a glorious pinpoint cross that is headed over the bar by Afobe.

King looks to have picked up a knock here and is promptly replaced by Ryan Fraser. Bournemouth are now out of substitutes, meaning that Wilshere, barring any late injury blow, is set to complete a full 90 minutes for the first time since September 2014.

Bournemouth appeal in vain for a late spot-kick as Wanyama flies in on Wilshere but clearly gets a toe to the ball. Vertonghen then makes a fabulous diving block to thwart Gradel.

Having now seen a replay of that incident, Sissoko can count himself incredibly fortunate to still be on the pitch. Not a wise move.

Howe's next substitution sees a change up top, with Benik Afobe replacing Wilson.

Tempers flare with 10 minutes plus stoppage time left to play. Arter wins an initial challenge with Sissoko and then looks to be caught by an elbow from the French midfielder.

Plenty of handbags ensue and both players end up with a warning from referee Pawson.

Moussa Sissoko and Harry Arter
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Good centre forward play from Janssen, who receives the ball with his back to goal and holds it up before laying off to Lamela.

He finds Sissoko, whose low cross drifts behind Janssen and is fired on target by Rose at the back post. Boruc makes the necessary save.

Gosling looks OK to continue, but Wanyama now seems to be hurt after being caught on the follow-through after another lively challenge from Arter.

He gets back to his feet and Pochettino sends on Sissoko in place of Alli.

Bournemouth try to spring forward down the left flank, but a poor pass from Gradel intended for Daniels rolls out of play.

Gosling looks to have sustained a knock and is currently sat in midfield clutching the back of his leg.

Gradel impedes Lamela inside the centre circle and is shown a yellow card for his troubles.

Gradel blocks off the run of Walker and concedes a free-kick in very dangerous territory. However, Lamela's attempt is comfortably held by Boruc.

Dembele, Alli and Lamela combine to good effect with some intricate, incisive passing and Son then has a shot blocked by the impressive Arter.

That proves to be the South Korean international's last contribution to the game as he is withdrawn and replaced by a far more conventional centre forward in summer signing Janssen.

30 minutes remaining.

Tottenham look an entirely different beast in this second half and are now dominating possession as Bournemouth struggle to find an out ball to relieve the mounting pressure.

Howe responds by sending on Gradel, back involved today after missing four weeks with a hamstring injury, in place of Ibe.

Alli is sent crashing to the turf by a robust sliding challenge but Rose keeps the attack alive. He needn't have bothered, though, as Lamela selfishly blazes a shot over the crossbar from a difficult angle.

Erik Lamela
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Vital defending from Dier to just glance King's clever right-wing cross away from Wilson. Eriksen then releases Lamela with a gorgeous first-time flick, but the former Roma man is stopped in his tracks by a combination of Daniels and Francis.

Goal kick.

Tottenham look to pose an immediate threat during the early stages of this second 45. Walker gets the better of Ibe before a powerful low ball is cleared by Steve Cook and ricochets off Eriksen for a goal kick.

Cook later backs off Alli too far and invites the England midfielder to produce an accurate long-range drive that is beaten away by Boruc.

We are back underway. No changes from either manager at the break.


An engrossing first half that, while not inundated with clear goal-scoring opportunities, has been a fascinating watch. Bournemouth have matched up against Tottenham superbly and look well capable of inflicting a first defeat of the season upon Pochettino's side.


Both teams have hit the woodwork and four yellow cards already for Tottenham clearly demonstrates that they are not having everything their own way.


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The pacy Jordon Ibe has been fairly anonymous during this first half, but he finally gets a chance to stretch his legs and terrorises Walker before providing a low cross for Wilson to fire wide under pressure from Vertonghen.

Two minutes of added time are signalled by the fourth official as Wilson guides a long-range header wide after being picked out by a left-footed cross from Wilshere.

Arter executed another impressive sliding challenge, this time on Dembele, to tee up that chance.

There's a real spice to this frantic game now and Tottenham are evidently becoming frustrated by such an impressive Bournemouth display.

Rose, perhaps concerned at a possible lack of cover, steams into King and becomes the fourth Spurs player to have his name taken before the interval.

Lamela overstretches on a sliding tackle and is whistled for bringing down Gosling. Much to Bournemouth's chagrin, the Argentine, who did look to get a stud on the ball, avoids a second yellow card.


Erik Lamela
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The referee rightly dismisses a very tame penalty appeal from Lamela after a tangle with Daniels and Gosling becomes the first Bournemouth player to be booked for an accumulation of offences, the last of which was a late foul on Walker.

Smith looks to make inroads for Bournemouth down that right-hand side but is prevented from crossing the halfway line by a clear tug of the shirt from Alli.

That will be another caution.

Pawson reaches for his yellow card for the second time in this first half after Vertonghen stands on Wilson's ankle to prevent Bournemouth from launching a counter-attack.

He joins Lamela in the book.

Almost a very awkward moment for Simon Francis, who attempts to boot clear Walker's inviting cross but inadvertently guides the ball towards his own goal. Luckily for him, Boruc is alert to prevent a potential OG.

Spurs are starting to enjoy more success going forward now and Boruc has to get down quickly low to his left to turn a deflected Christian Eriksen shot around the post.

The subsequent corner is wasted and it remains goalless after half an hour.

Bournemouth, adopting their own high pressing game that will be very familiar indeed to Pochettino, are showing absolutely no fear here and have been comfortably the better side during the opening 25 minutes.

However, they almost come unstuck when a low cross from Rose is played in towards Son. His touch back to the edge of the penalty area reaches Wilshere instead of its intended target, Alli.

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate is in attendance this afternoon, presumably keeping an eye on the likes of Rose, Walker, Dier, Alli and Wilshere...

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Wanyama is left in a crumpled heap following a fantastic albeit very meaty 50/50 sliding tackle from Arter. Nothing wrong with that in my book.

An eventful minute for Lamela, who collects possession after a couple of stylish nutmegs from the confident Alli and drives forward with purpose before hitting the outside of the post with a bending shot from distance.

He is then shown the afternoon's first yellow card for a crunching sliding challenge on Adam Smith.

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The Wilshere-Wilson connection looks like a very valuable commodity for Bournemouth. They exchange passes once more before Vertonghen gets across to block a shot from the left channel.

Victor Wanyama slices an initial corner behind and Tottenham survive.

Bournemouth take another short corner and Arter shrugs off the attentions of Son before seeing a powerful shot blocked by Walker. Dier also produces a big header to clear the ball away from danger.


As you might expect from these two teams, the opening 10 minutes of this contest have been played at a pretty breathless tempo. No chances to speak of for Tottenham just yet, however.


Tottenham's miserly defence are caught sleeping on an early short corner and Gosling is able to thread a low pass through the legs of Lamela. Charlie Daniels, who began his career at Spurs, prods an effort towards goal from close range that Hugo Lloris diverts onto the crossbar with his legs.

Excellent goalkeeping.

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Vertonghen does well to prevent Wilshere from threading a dangerous low pass through for Callum Wilson.

Dele Alli looks to punish a miskick from Artur Boruc at the other end, but Son is rightly flagged for offside.

Referee Craig Pawson gets proceedings underway in the glistening autumn sunshine at Dean Court. Both sides lineup in their home strips, with Tottenham kicking from left to right during this first half.


News of a very late change from Bournemouth. Midfielder Andrew Surman has been taken ill during the warm-up and will be replaced by Dan Gosling. French forward Lys Mousset is promoted to the bench.

Here is what Pochettino has had to say pre-match about his decision to play Heung-Min Son, who has scored five goals in eight appearances so far this season, ahead of Janssen on the south coast...

Son is a different type of player to Vincent Janssen and we believe today he's a good option to play up front, like we did against Manchester City. It's good to have different possibilities. Dembele is in, he has more control of the ball in possession. Bournemouth are a team that like to have the ball and to play and this is a key battle today, in midfield.

They [Bournemouth] are in very good form, a good team that plays good football with a great manager and coaching staff. It will be tough, we're aware of that, we'll have to be focused and concentrate because this game will demand a lot from us.

Bournemouth were embarrassed by Tottenham on their own patch last season, losing 5-1 courtesy of a Kane hat-trick and additional first-half efforts from Dembele and Erik Lamela. The hosts actually took the lead inside a minute through the now-departed Matt Ritchie, but were simply unable to cope with their opponents' superior firepower.

Eddie Howe
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Kane later bagged a brace in a 3-0 Spurs win at White Hart Lane so Howe can be excused for feeling a little jolly that the England striker misses out this time around. The talented young boss will also hope that his charges are more confident today having won three successive home games and only been beaten once in their last six league outings.

They have not won back-to-back top-flight matches since March, however.

Tottenham have made a fantastic start to the 2016/17 campaign and appear to be experiencing no hangover whatsoever from last season's title disappointment and a late collapse that saw them finish below Arsenal yet again. Pochettino's frugal side, currently third, have taken 18 points from their opening eight matches, conceding just four times in the process. Only Atletico Madrid boast a better defensive record across the other major European leagues.

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The only top-flight team yet to be subjected to a league defeat so far this season, Spurs, who ended Manchester City's 100% run under Pep Guardiola in a real statement victory before the international break, have opened the year with an eight-match unbeaten run for the first time since 1990 and Howe is in no doubt that they will be genuine contenders again this term.

Tottenham haven't been beaten or conceded a goal from open play in the league this season, so they're certainly in good form. For me, last season they, along with Manchester City, were the strongest side we faced.

We had two very tough games against Spurs last season, but we've definitely learnt from those experiences. I think we're better prepared for these kind of games. We're more hardened to Premier League football and our belief and confidence levels are better than what they previously were, but we have to prove it on the pitch.

It's going to be a real test for us. They have an outstanding manager who in my opinion is up there with the very best. The intensity at which his sides play makes them difficult opponents. They are general title contenders.

Walker is set to reach an impressive milestone for Tottenham this afternoon...


Confirmation from Bournemouth that Stanislas misses out due to a calf injury...


For Tottenham, Kieran Trippier makes way for Walker and the versatile Eric Dier continues alongside Vertonghen in the absence of Alderweireld.

Danny Rose is deemed fit enough to retain his place at left-back, while Mousa Dembele starts for only the second time this season and Vincent Janssen drops to the bench in an attacking reshuffle.

Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko are also listed among Pochettino's substitutes.

Junior Stanislas netted twice against Hull last weekend, but drops out of the squad altogether today with what we presume is a fresh injury problem.

His place is taken by Josh King in Howe's only change. Arter looks to have shaken off that ankle problem to start alongside Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere in midfield and Gradel makes the bench.

Junior Stanislas
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Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Son

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Wimmer, Winks, Sissoko, Janssen

Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Ibe, Arter, Surman, Wilshere, King, Wilson

Subs: Federici, Mings, Ake, Gosling, Fraser, Gradel, Afobe

The teamsheet is in...

Tottenham will remain without Toby Alderweireld for the second match in a row today. The Belgian defender, who also sat out that Champions League stalemate in Leverkusen on Tuesday, left last weekend's 1-1 draw at West Brom on a stretcher after a seemingly innocuous collision with teammate Jan Vertonghen.

Initial fears that he may have suffered knee ligament damage were quickly allayed by positive scan results and Pochettino claims they are waiting for the pain in his leg to subside. Today will be the first top-flight game that the usually ever-present centre-back has missed since joining Spurs from Atletico Madrid in July 2015.

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Harry Kane is stepping up his training workload after recovering from an ankle injury suffered against Sunderland last month, working with a ball on Thursday and also completing various exercises with the sports science team. However, today's game was always likely to come too soon for the England striker and he will continue to be assessed moving forward.

Danny Rose is doubtful with a bruised foot sustained in midweek, although fellow full-back Kyle Walker is expected to return to the starting XI after being rested in Europe.

Howe revealed during his weekly press conference that midfielder Harry Arter is rated at 50/50 for today's game after sustaining an ankle injury in the 6-1 mauling of Hull last weekend that has prevented him from playing a full part in training.

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Max Gradel was described as being "there or thereabouts" following a hamstring problem, although Lewis Cook remains sidelined with his own nasty ankle issue. Brad Smith, meanwhile, is still out with bone bruising to his foot.

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's first live coverage of another bumper weekend of Premier League football. Arsenal vs Middlesbrough and Liverpool vs West Brom are both on the way later this afternoon, but first we visit the Vitality Stadium where Eddie Howe's Bournemouth entertain title contenders Tottenham in the Saturday lunchtime affair.

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All the pre-match build-up to come, including injury lines, breaking team news and confirmed lineups. We will also be providing regular updates after kick-off at 12.30 BST.

So don't go anywhere!