Wednesday, January 20, 2021

EPL Boxing Day Showdown: Everything you need to know before Spurs vs B’mouth

It is the busiest time of the year in the Premier League as teams get ready for the Boxing Day fixture. Can Tottenham continue their red-hot form against the Cherries?

Spurs were at their lethal best at the Goodison Park. They scored 6 past England’s first choice goalkeeper Jordon Pickford and now sit just two points behind Manchester City. But Spurs now face a tricky game against Bournemouth just 2 days after the 6-2 victory against Everton.

Here is everything you need to know before the game:

When and where to watch the game:

The Lilywhites will host Bournemouth at the Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, 26th December at 8:30 PM IST. Indian fans can watch the game on Star Sports and Hotstar.

Preview:

As mentioned earlier, Spurs scored 6 past Everton on Sunday with Dele Alli, Eriksen, Son, and Harry Kane all getting their names on the scoreboard. It was the first time those four have scored in the same game and given their current form, it is not a good sign for other clubs. With that win, Tottenham sit 3rd in the table with 42 points, just 2 behind City and 6 behind Liverpool. Not bad for a club with no transfer business in the summer, eh?

The Cherries sit 8th in the Premier League table with 26 points, after an impressive start to the season. Eddie Howe’s men are just 3 points behind Manchester United in their race for the European football next season. David Brooks brace gave them a 2-0 victory on Saturday against Brighton after losing 3 consecutive games before that.

Team News:




Dele Alli was substituted at the halftime against Everton and is a doubt for the game. Moussa Sissoko also seemed to have picked a knock against Toffees. Poch could rest both the players to keep them fresh and fit for the upcoming onslaught of fixtures. Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama all remain on the sidelines as they continue to recover from injuries.

The Cherries have Lewis Cook, Adam Smith, and Dan Gosling as their long-term absentees. But apart from the injured trio, Eddie How has nothing to worry about. In fact, the manager could start with Ryan Fraser after the midfielder returned from an injury against Brighton.

Expected Line-Ups and formation:

Tottenham:

Pochettino knows he has a small squad to deal with. Remove four injured players from it and things become even more difficult. Therefore, despite an impressive victory against Everton, there is no way the Argentine will be starting with the same squad when he has to deal with six games in the next twenty days.

The back four is likely to remain the same with Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose. Although, Juan Foyth could take Alderweireld’s place to rest the Belgian. Lucas and Eriksen could start against the Cherries with Dele Alli and Sissoko out. The duo will start on the wings with Eriksen and Winks in the central midfield. Kane and Son will be in front of the goal once again and will look to continue their red-hot form.

(4-4-2) Lloris (GK); Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Lucas, Winks, Eriksen, Lamela; Son, Kane

Bournemouth:

Chelsea

Callum Wilson will be Bournemouth’s main man in front of the goal as the Englishman is in great form with 8 goals and 5 assists this season. He will get assistance from Joshua King, with the Norwegian scoring 5 league goals so far. Ryan Fraser is likely to replace Junior Stanislas in the midfield, while the rest of the starting line-up will be the same.

(4-4-2) Begovic; Francis, S Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Lerma, Surman, Fraser; Wilson, King

Predictions:

Bournemouth are not easy opposition, even for Tottenham. But the Lilywhites are in sublime form right now and are likely to walk away with all three points once again.

 







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