Bournemouth look to bounce back from defeat at Anfield when they host another of the big boys that missed out on the top four last season – Tottenham – at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League offering.
The Cherries played their part in what turned out to be a cracking game, and a much closer affair than last season’s 9-0 drubbing, on Merseyside.
Now, they target a first win of the new campaign when they take on unbeaten Tottenham, who appear to be flourishing despite the departure of record goalscorer Harry Kane.
Goals have not been a problem for either club in this fixture, which offers plenty of scope for a big-priced winner in our 33/1 #PickYourPunt treble.
Attack-minded managers make goals more likely
Plenty has been made in the media already about how much more attacking Spurs are under Ange Postecoglou. Unlike his last permanent predecessor at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Australian plays a brand of football that the fans can warm to and there may be even more to come once they properly replace Kane.
Richarlison is lacking in confidence and goal production right now, but the rest of the team are making up for it as Spurs now attack in swathes instead of sporadic forays forward.
Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola is a Marcelo Bielsa disciple who worked wonders with Rayo Vallecano and clearly feels as though he can do the same in the Premier League.
The Cherries are the fifth-highest spenders of the summer transfer window and are not intending to just make up the numbers, which suggests Iraola will be backed to develop an attacking philosophy too.
Last season’s two contests between these clubs were 3-2 thrillers won by the away side and another ding-dong battle could ensue this weekend, with at least four goals potentially being on the cards.
Stay with Sarr to score anytime
Pape Matar Sarr undeniably shone in Tottenham’s victory against Manchester United, and it was evident how much greater freedom he and Yves Bissouma enjoyed from their central midfield positions.
Postecoglou has unshackled both players by instructing one of his team’s fullbacks to tuck in and establish what essentially resembles a 3-2-5 formation during Tottenham’s attacking phases.
Sarr’s anytime goalscorer odds reflect a current meagre goal record that stems from being used as a defensive screen by Metz and on his few previous Spurs appearances, but the 20-year-old could have had a brace at the weekend and will get more goals if he keeps up his impressive shot count, which stands at six through a game and a quarter this season.
Tottenham can turn the tables on Bournemouth
An aspect of Spurs’ play that remains the same as last season is the fact that they tend to come on strong after half-time.
Tottenham would have been fourth in the Premier League standings last term based on their second-half scores, instead of their lowly eighth-placed finish.
This season, they came from 2-1 down to rescue a draw at Brentford and turned things up several notches against the Red Devils following the manager’s half-time words.
Bournemouth will be looking to repeat the fast start they made when opening the scoring at Anfield, but Spurs could come surging through to the finish line as they did in last season’s comeback 3-2 win in the corresponding fixture.
Tottenham to win from behind completes our 33/1 #PickYourPunt treble for the clash.