Spurs are just two points behind Manchester City as they go into their Boxing Day match with Bournemouth at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have picked up some brilliant results recently, starting with only their second ever victory at the Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup quarter final versus Arsenal, and will be eyeing up a place in the top two of the Premier League.
They have won eleven of their past thirteen Premier League matches and their most recent Premier League outing was a 6-2 demolition of Everton at Goodison Park and the Spurs boss will hope that his side can carry that form into their home match versus Bournemouth.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth come into the tie in eighth position in the Premier League but have not really made the most of a blistering start to the season. It was thought, having lost just two of their opening thirteen matches, that they could be pushing for the European positions but it is looking likely that they will finish mid-table this season. Still, Bournemouth are ten points better off at this stage than they were in the previous season, so Howe and the players can be pleased with the job that they are doing.
A poor run of form was halted when they beat Brighton 2-0 in their last match, with young winger David Brooks impressing in that victory.
Spurs v Bournemouth Team News
Dele Alli is a doubt for the Boxing Day match after coming off at halftime versus Everton. His replacement in that game, Erik Lamela, could therefore be in with a chance of starting.
Moussa Sissoko also picked up a knock in the Everton game but should be fit for Bournemouth. However Pochettino may choose to rest him as he has been heavily involved in the last few weeks.
Similarly, Christian Eriksen could be rested after starting the last two for Spurs and with a number of important fixtures on the horizon. There could also be appearances for Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth as Pochettino looks to use his whole squad over the festive period.
Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are all still injured for Spurs and are expected to be out until the New Year at least.
Ryan Fraser will be back for Bournemouth after being limited to the substitutes bench last time out for the Cherries.
Spurs v Bournemouth Predicted Team
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