Bournemouth will be aiming to halt their slide towards the wrong end of the Premier League table by defeating a Tottenham side that is unbeaten in the top-flight since the opening day of the season.
It is much easier said than done, but Eddie Howe’s men could really have done with a solid start to their last game away to leaders Manchester City. Instead, they found themselves two goals down within 10 minutes and although they managed to pull one back, the hope that brought was short lived as they soon conceded a third and were out of the game from then on. Despite that, the Cherries will not change their style of play too drastically and so are likely to be rewarded and punished in equal measure.
Stability has been ensured at the club during the week with Howe having signed a new contract, and he will be intent on picking up a much-needed first win in four games here, particularly as his side could be in the bottom three by kick-off. On the bright side, Glenn Murray has made a good start to his time at the club, scoring in each of the last two games. It is the kind of record that needs to be maintained if they are to compensate for the loss of Callum Wilson.
The visitors can expect an early onslaught here as they return to Premier League action after going down to a disappointing European defeat to Anderlecht on Thursday, where they went ahead early on but were eventually made to pay the price for an error-strewn performance. A strong team was fielded in the Belgian capital, but Spurs could not capitalise on Christian Eriksen’s strike, with Erik Lamela especially below-par.
A win here will lift the Londoners into the top six, and their recent strong domestic form is down in no small part to having conceded less than any other side in the division after nine games. It is a rare feeling for a club which has had its fair share of defensive problems in the last few years, but they seem to have struck gold in combining Jan Vertonghen with compatriot Toby Alderweld. Now they just need to be more prolific at the other end, with Harry Kane continuing to misfire.
Harry Arter could make his long-awaited Premier League debut for Bournemouth after recovering from a groin problem, and fellow midfielders Marc Pugh and Andrew Surman should shake off knocks. Goalkeeper Artur Boruc could miss out again.
Tottenham may welcome back Ryan Mason, but they are still unable to call upon injured quartet Nabil Bentaleb, Federico Fazio, Nacer Chadli and Son Heung-min.