By Tony Hughes
BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted a tight game at Dean Court in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Despite Tottenham beating Bournemouth 5-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, Lawrenson predicts that Spurs will struggle on Saturday in a 1-1 draw.
Talking on the BBC website, Lawrenson said, “Spurs went to the south coast and stuck five goals past Bournemouth this time last year but I see a different outcome this time.
“The Cherries thumped Hull last week and are going well, with only one defeat in their past six league games.
“Eddie Howe’s side have built up a bit of momentum and have got goals in them as well and, like their trip to West Brom last week, this is a tough one for Tottenham.
“Dele Alli’s late equaliser against the Baggies maintained their unbeaten start to the league season.
“But they relied on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to get them a draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, and I don’t think they have picked up where they left off before the international break at the start of the month.”
Tottenham have got a tough run of fixtures after their visit to the south coast, and fans will be hoping for three points to keep their challenge going strong at the top of the Premier League.
They’re currently the only team with an undefeated record, but host champions Leicester in their next league game, before three London derbies – away at Arsenal and Chelsea, sandwiched with a visit from West Ham.
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