|Tottenham must find a way past their hosts on Saturday when they visit the Vitality Stadium. (Photo credit: Inside Sport)|
Bournemouth came out smoking against Liverpool last weekend; Jadon Anthony got the ball in the back of the net in the first minute, but VAR chalked it off, and, moments later, Antony Semenyo wheeled away in celebration after firing past a hapless Alison in the Liverpool goal.
Bournemouth lost steam and soon succumbed to the Anfield crowd; the Cherries bowed to pressure and succumbed to the cold hands of superior quality, but they showed they have something to offer. Don’t put your money against them.
Step forward Tottenham's outlook is different now. Ange Postecoglou came up with a different idea: an attacking football that warms the hearts of the fans, and you can't help but get excited at seeing them play free-flowing football for the first time since the days of Mauricio Pochettino.
The game against Brentford could have gone either way, but Tottenham showed promises, and the one at home, in front of their own fans and boys, didn't tear Manchester United apart? More of that, lads; that’s what Postecoglou would be screaming on the touch line.
Bournemouth has just one point on the board, and it was a good one at home against West Ham, having fallen behind to a sleek Jarrod Bowen strike. They will have a go at Spurs here, and the visitors’ defence will be tested more than expected.
Tottenham will entertain us yet again in this game. They will build from the back using Udogie and Heung Min Son on the left, and this is the game where we expect the Korean to get on the score sheet as he will have the freedom to roam and little pressure from travelling fans.
How will they line up? Gary O’Neil will not see this game as a free hit; he will set up to attack and see if his team can scrape the scalp of a top side. The goal is to once again start well and rattle the visitors. He will set up to find goals; how many will he get?
Watch out for Semenyo and Dominic Solanke from the host. They will get in behind and try to exploit Spurs’ high line. If they do get their chances on the break, Vicario will have a lot of work to do, especially with his defenders roaming the halfway line.
Tottenham will hope Richarlison finally finds his feet upfront; his numbers leave too much to desire, but Dejan Kulusevski will prove a good supplier on the right, and Heung Min Son might just nick his first goal of the season in this game.