Bournemouth travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday looking to chalk up their fifth victory in a row.
Tottenham looked like a tired side in Thursday’s 4-2 defeat at Brighton and there is little manager Ange Postecoglou can do to freshen things up given the number of injuries and suspensions he is dealing with.
Spurs have won their last two home games, but the first of those was against a Newcastle side that have an even longer injury list, while the second came against an Everton outfit that passed up a number of scoring opportunities.
Postecoglou’s side are running on empty and they could be punished by a Bournemouth side that are on the up under Andoni Iraola, who has turned things around after failing to win any of his first nine league games in charge.
Since the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on 4th November, the Cherries have embarked on a seven-game unbeaten run, winning six and drawing one.
Iraola’s troops have won their last four matches, scoring 11 goals during this run and keeping three clean sheets, while they are also on a four-game winning streak on the road.
This looks like a prime opportunity for Bournemouth to come away with the spoils.
English striker Dominic Solanke is enjoying his best season at Premier League level, with his club-leading tally of 12 goals the most he has returned in a single top-flight campaign.
The 26-year-old has plenty of time to add to that count before the end of the season and he heads to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in great form, having scored eight goals in his last seven appearances.
Tottenham boss Postecoglou will be hoping for some respite when it comes to absentees, but he may be forced to deal with another suspension should Pape Sarr end up in the book on Sunday.
The 21-year-old midfielder has picked up four yellow cards in the league and another caution would see him handed a ban.
Given Spurs’ affinity for going forward, they could be caught out by a counter-attacking Bournemouth and Sarr may be forced into making a rash challenge.
Only four players have committed more fouls for Tottenham in the league than Sarr this season, and a fifth yellow could be heading way.
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Tottenham continue to struggle with a growing injury list and they remain without the services of Micky van de Ven, Cristian Romero, James Maddison, Manor Solomon, Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon, Alfie Whiteman and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Postecoglou will also have to make do without the suspended pair of Dejan Kulusevski and Yves Bissouma, but Spurs could be boosted by the return of Oliver Skipp.
Bournemouth are missing the injured quintet of Milos Kerkez, Lloyd Kelly, Tyler Adams, Ryan Fredericks and Hamed Traore, who has been out for the last month with malaria and will miss the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Cherries could have Lewis Cook back from an adductor injury.
Tottenham’s three-game winning streak came to an end against Brighton at the Amex Stadium last time out, with the Seagulls running out 4-2 winners.
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals has landed in 14 of Tottenham’s 19 league fixtures this season.
Bournemouth are on a seven-match unbeaten run, winning six and drawing one.
The Cherries have won their last four away outings in a row, beating Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest.
Bournemouth won this fixture 3-2 in April last season, when Dango Ouattara netted a 95th-minute winner.
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