Preview/ Team news Bournemouth v Spurs 9th July 6pm.
Eddie Howe is awaiting news on whether defenders Steve Cook, Simon Francis, Chris Mepham and Jack Simpson will be fit. Their forward Callum Wilson returns after serving a two-match suspension and is expected to replace Dominic Solanke.
Dele Alli faces a fitness test on the hamstring injury which caused him to sit out Monday’s match with Everton. Juan Foyth and Japhet Tanganga remain on the sidelines. Dier, I believe, will be banned immediately. Only the last game of this campaign will he be available. That is against Palace away.
Bournemouth 1 Spurs 2
Bournemouth’s only win in nine Premier League matches against us came in this fixture last season.
The only other competitive fixture between the sides outside of the Premier League was an FA Cup fifth-round tie in February 1957 that Bournemouth won 3-1.
After losing just three of their first 11 league matches this season they have been defeated in 17 of their last 22 top-flight fixtures.
They have equalled their Premier League club record of five consecutive defeats, set from November to December 2019. They last lost more matches in succession when they were beaten in the opening seven games of the 1994-95 season in the third tier.
They are one goal away from becoming the first side to concede at least 60 in five consecutive Premier League campaigns.
Even if we win all five of our remaining league fixtures this season, we would still post our lowest points total since finishing with 62 in 2010-11.
Since winning 11 of our opening 13 Premier League away matches at the start of last season, we have won only three of 22 top-flight away games.
We have kept a clean sheet in two of our last three league games – as many as we had in our previous 14.
Our sole clean sheet in our last 23 top-flight away matches came in a 0-0 draw at Watford in January.
Jose Mourinho has not lost any of his 24 Premier League away games against a side starting the day in the relegation zone. So, that is something… and may that continue.
A game we must will, but then again we must win them all.