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Five point preview: Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane gives Heung Son Min a high five against APOEL.

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AFC Bournemouth face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley looking to get back to winning ways after the international break.

But what should we look out for ahead of the game? Here are five things to keep an eye on ahead of the club's trip to Wembley.

FIRST CHERRIES TRIP TO WEMBLEY SINCE 1998

AFC Bournemouth haven't played at Wembley Stadium in 19 years, but Eddie Howe's side return nearly a quarter of a century later to face Spurs.

It's a completely different scenario from the 1998 Football League Trophy final, as the club have come so far and been through so much since that day.

But it's still a hugely memorable and influential day in the club's history, one which the supporters will surely chant about at the game on Saturday!

SELECTION DILEMMA

A lot of Spurs' good work under Mauricio Pochettino comes from the attacking intent of his full backs.

Ben Davies has impressed this campaign but there's a place up for grabs on the right side, with Serge Aurier returning from a one-game suspension.

Competing with Kieran Trippier, who played for England against Lithuania, Aurier is back in contention.

According to the Ivorian's former teammate Thomas Meunier, he is on the same level as the much-heralded Dani Alves and could return to the Lilywhites' starting XI.

KANE'S SENSATIONAL FORM

Nominated for the Balon d'Or and with plenty of talk about his goalscoring ability, it goers without saying the Cherries need to keep Harry Kane quiet on Saturday.

Kane didn't score a single goal in August but bagged 13 times for Spurs and England in September alone.

The England frontman is also in contention to break Alan Shearer's record of 260 goals in the Premier League - seemingly untouchable before Kane's rise to prominence. The in-form 24-year-old currently sits on 84 goals in 123 league appearances.

However, one potential plus for the Cherries, Kane hasn't scored a league goal at Wembley this campaign.

WEMBLEY RECORD

Mauricio Pochettino’s men earned a pulsating win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, but they're still winless in the league at the national base.

Spurs were undone by Chelsea losing 2-1, before both Burnley and Swansea both took points from the Lilywhites, meaning that's three Premier League games without a home win.

STRONG AWAY SUPPORT

The Cherries will be backed by 3000 fans at Wembley this weekend.

The allocation of away tickets in the Premier League is: '3,000 tickets or, if the capacity of the home club’s stadium is less than 30,000, such number of tickets as is equal to 10%.'

So we've sold out of our allocation, good work and hopefully the travelling faithful see a good result!

2017/18 Home kit Available now

Loud and proud in red and black! Show your AFC Bournemouth colours throughout the season with our official 2017/18 home kit.

From left to right: Adam Smith, Simon Francis and Benik Afobe all pose in the newly released AFC Bournemouth home shirt for 2017/18.

 

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