Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur

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AFC Bournemouth prepare to take on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday lunchtime hoping to secure their fourth successive win at The Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries are brimming with confidence after putting Hull City to the sword with their 6-1 win last weekend, which marked their third consecutive home win.

This shows the team’s improvement since last season, when their home form was not the best; it took until mid-January to win three matches at Dean Court.

October 2015 was not a good time for the AFC Bournemouth fans either. The Cherries faced two 5-1 defeats, away against Manchester City and at home against Tottenham Hotspur.14671199_1348796001821764_8690935891870047868_n

Spurs remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League and sit third in the league table, winning five games and securing three draws.

After their disappointing Champions League performance against Leverkusen (0-0), they will be happy to put on a better display on the South Coast.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe named three players that came back from the World Cup qualifiers with injuries.

Brad Smith and Lewis Cook are both experiencing a serious injury while Max Gradel, who returned with hamstring problems, is fit for selection.

According to the trainer, Cook has a ‘nasty looking ankle injury’ and will be out for a period of time.

Howe’s main injury concern is Harry Arter, who got injured in the 90 minutes against Hull and had to leave Dean Court on crutches.

“We are going to have to make a very late call on Harry,” Howe said. “I would say he is 50/50 to make it at this stage.”

The Spurs are struggling with injuries as well, with defenders Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld both a doubt after getting injured at the Bayer Arena.

Harry Kane is back on light training after suffering a knee injury while playing against Sunderland in September.

Kane’s absence can possibly be a boost for the Cherries; in the previous two games against AFCB, the striker scored five of Spurs eight goals.

AFC Bournemouth’s only victory over Tottenham was 69 years ago following a 3-1 win in the FA Cup in 1957. Although the team has lost both matches in their first Premier League season, their excellent form can make this game closer.

In Friday’s pre-match press conference, Howe said that he has learnt from those experiences.

“I think we’re better prepared for these kind of games. We’re more hardened to Premier League football and our belief and confidence levels are better than what they previously were, but we have to prove it on the pitch.”

Howe’s side are now sit in 11th place in the Premier League table, while Tottenham Hotspur are in third place with 7 points more.

The kick-off is at 12.30 PM. Catch all the action live from the Vitality Stadium on Nerve Media and follow @CherryChatAFCB on Twitter.