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Opposition guide: Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth

Posted: Fri 18 Mar 2016

AFC Bournemouth travel to White Hart Lane to face the title challengers in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

Nickname: Spurs
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Current position: 2nd
Ground: White Hart Lane

Mauricio Pochettino on the game...
"We have eight games left in the Premier League," said the Argentine.
"We need to try to win every game and we need to start on Sunday.
"It will be a tough game but we are in a position where we can fight for everything, and we need to try."

Their season so far...
Tottenham are right in the title race, sitting in 2nd place just five points behind leaders Leicester. Spurs will be looking to capitalise on poor seasons for their rivals and go all the way to win the Premier League title for the first time in over 50 years.

Last time out...
Spurs' last match was in Europe against Borrusia Dortmund, which ended in a 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane. This meant they lost the tie 5-1 on aggregate and dropped out of the Europa League.

The last time the sides met...
AFC Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur:
A Harry Kane hat-trick made it a day to forget for the Cherries at Vitality Stadium.
Matt Ritchie put Bournemouth 1-0 up within a minute in October, but Spurs came back to win the game convincingly.

Key man...
Harry Kane is no doubt Spurs' key man.
The English striker bagged two in his last Premier League outing against Aston Villa which drew him level with Jamie Vardy as the league's top goal scorer on 19 goals.
Recently selected as part of the England squad for their upcoming friendly matches, Kane will be full of confidence and looking to net against a side he scored a hat-trick against when the two last met.

Cherries v Spurs best stats...
Matt Ritchie's goal against Spurs back in October came after just 49 seconds.
This was the quickest goal scored in the Premier League all season until Chelsea's Kennedy scored against 39 seconds earlier this month against Norwich.
Spurs' goal difference is the highest in the Premier League on +29. Leicester are the closest to them on +22, but Spurs' defensive record has been brilliant and is the best in the division.
The north London side have only scored five goals in a single league game once this season, which was against the Cherries back in October.
Tottenham go into Sunday's game unbeaten in their last two, whilst the Cherries come off the back of three consecutive league wins.

Words by Luke Hastings
There is plenty more Tottenham preview content available on, including Eddie Howe on why the match will provide a good measure of AFC Bournemouth's improvement.