Darren Anderton delivers verdict on Tottenham v Bournemouth
By Harvey Byrne
Darren Anderton has revealed that he can see Tottenham beating Bournemouth on Saturday by dominating the midfield and gaining the most possession.
The former Spurs player, who ended his career at the Cherries has tipped the north London outfit to win the encounter, with Tottenham winning the battle in midfield.
Spurs will travel to the south coast on Saturday to face Eddie Howe’s side in the early 12.30pm BT Sport kick off.
They will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run in the league, while also looking to improve on their last two games which has seen draws against Bayer Leverkusen and West Brom.
Anderton, who played for Tottenham for 12 years between 1992 and 2004 has picked out Bournemouth’s main threat as Junior Stanislas, but believes Spurs will nullify his threat if they dominate the ball and push him back.
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“Danny Rose plays like a full-back and a winger all rolled into one,” told Anderton to the club’s website. “What does he want to do in matches? He wants to get on the ball, push forward and make things happen in the attacking third. He will want to keep Junior Stanislas running back towards his own goal as much as possible. It may well come down to who dominates the midfield and therefore has most possession, and I see us doing that.
“I know Eddie Howe well. He gets his players to work hard and he likes his team to play attacking football. However, looking at the games last season, where we were comfortable winners, maybe they will change tactics a little. That’s why I think the midfield battle is so important and I believe we’ll have too much for them.”
Anderton has named the effectiveness of England international Rose ahead of the Bournemouth clash, but the left-back is a major doubt after leaving the Wednesday encounter against Bayer Leverkusen in a protective boot.
It is expected that Ben Davies will replace Rose in the line-up if he is missing and the Wales international has already made seven appearances for Spurs in the new campaign.
The defence is a particular strong point for the north London club and they have conceded just four goals in their first eight Premier League matches.
In other Tottenham news, Arsenal fans have sent messages on Twitter to Jack Wilshere ahead of Spurs’ meeting with Bournemouth.