Tottenham Hotspur - AFC Bournemouth Preview: Spurs down to their last hope of a trophy

Tottenham Hotspur host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham Hotspur - AFC Bournemouth Preview: Spurs down to their last hope of a trophy
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Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League when they host AFC Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

Only the Premier League left for Pochettino

The race for the Premier League title is now the only trophy Tottenham are still in this season after they went crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday night. Spurs were fighting a losing battle having lost the first leg 3-0 to Borussia Dortmund, it would have still been a dissapointment that they also lost the home leg 2-1 as well.

In order to win a first league title since 1961, Mauricio Pocchetino's side will have to be scarily consistent from now untill the end of the season, with an eight point gap to leaders Leicester City, who Spurs have already played twice this season. The run in is hardly kind to them though with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea still to play, although they do have a game in hand over the Foxes.

Bournemouth are the visitors to White Hart Lane on Sunday and this has become a less daunting trip for them than it might have been a couple of weeks ago. This is down to the fact that Eddie Howe's team have put themselves 13 points clear of the relegation zone thanks to three staright victories, putting them on the verge of the 40 point mark.

Team news

There are no new injury concerns for Spurs, with the squad set to be rotated back around after certain players were rested for the European game.

Eric Dier will face a late fitness test for the Lilywhites after he picked up a knock against Dortmund, whilst Ben Davies is unlikely to feature following a blow to the face, although you'd have expected Danny Rose to line up at left-back anyway.

Davies goes down injured against Dortmund (photo: zimbio)
Davies goes down injured against Dortmund (photo: zimbio)

Callum Wilson is a long way into his rehabilitation for Bournemouth after his long term knee injury, but will not return untill after the international break. Elsewhere for the Cherries, Harry Arter and Junior Stanislas are doubts with Achilles and hamstring problems respecitively.


Tottenham have only lost two of their last 16 Premier League home games.

Bournemouth have only lost one of their last nine league away games, winning four of those matches.

Harry Kane is only two goals away from his league tally of last season, which was 21.