Tottenham host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday, 20 March as the north London look to bring the gap between themselves and leaders Leicester City down to five points, with eight games left in the season. Spurs come into the game on the back of an impressive victory over Aston Villa but have to look over their shoulder with arch rivals Arsenal notching up an impressive win over Everton at the Goodison Park.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 4pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One from 10:30pm GMT. Live commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 live Sports extra.
Tottenham have not been in great form in the league of late, taking only four points from their last three league games, which has opened up a gap between themselves and leaders Leicester. However, with only eight games remaining, Spurs have to bring out their best against Bournemouth, especially with a few tough games lined up in the foreseeable future.
Spurs face Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and have to travel to Stoke City away before the end of the season and their performance against teams in the bottom half of the table will reflect if they are capable of winning their first league title since 1961. Spurs are out of all competitions, having suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 tie of the Europa League in mid-week.
Meanwhile, Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are only two points from the much acclaimed 40-point mark which would all but confirm their participation in next year's Premier League race. However, the manager was quick to banish any notions and is looking to end the season on a high.
They are in brilliant form coming into the fixture, winning three games on the trot and will look to tide over what is expected to be a difficult period.
What Managers Say
Mauricio Pochettino: "I think now we are focused on the Premier League and all our energies will go into trying to win games and win the league. It's true that there are no distractions now, until now we had the Europa League to play, but now we only have the Premier League. We need to realise that our target was to try to reduce the gap to the top four but we are second in the table now, and we have played one tie more than last season in the Europa League."
Eddie Howe: "Tottenham were very good on the day. I was really impressed with their work ethic and of course they have the ability to complement that, so it's a good mix. I have a lot of time for their manager [Mauricio Pochettino] as well, he's done a very good job and put together a very young and exciting squad. From our point of view, the game will provide a good chance to see how far we've come and improved over the season. There is no feeling inside the camp that we are safe. There won't be until it's mathematical, and even then the work ethic doesn't change: we'll still want to win games. That continues on Sunday."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Tottenham Win: 4/9
- Draw: 10/3
- Bournemouth Win: 32/5
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