Will Jack light up the South Coast to become the toast of one half of North London ?
Bournemouth hit Hull City for 6 in Gameweek 8 but they will have their work cut out on Saturday, when they entertain a Spurs’ side that boasts the division’s meanest defence, having conceded just 4 goals in their opening 8 matches.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men kept another clean sheet on Tuesday, when they were held to a goal-less draw by Bayer Leverkusen in their third Champions League group game and they sit just one point behind leaders Manchester City and North London neighbours’ Arsenal in the table.
Goal projections – Bournemouth 1.08 Spurs 1.63
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Team news & predicted starting line-ups for Bournemouth v Spurs
Both managers are showing plenty of flexibility when it comes to playing formations but we’re not expecting too many changes by Eddie Howe, who is likely to stick with the same 4-2-3-1 set-up that showed so much conviction against the Tigers.
Pochettino opted for the same system in Germany but he may switch back to the in-vogue 4-1-4-1 that he has been experimenting with, for the match at the Vitality Stadium.
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Jack Wilshere will not need any additional motivation to get himself up for the visit of Spurs.
Despite playing in the number 10 role, the injury-prone loanee from Arsenal, is still looking for his first goal or assist since joining the Cherries, so there couldn’t be a better time for him to make his mark.
Bournemouth team news
Howe is unlikely to have Max Gradel, Brad Smith, Lewis Cook or Harry Arter available, so Dan Gosling could come in for the latter, while Marc Pugh is still struggling to shake off a hamstring injury.
Changes are likely to be kept to a minimum, with the Bournemouth boss expected to field the majority of the starting line-up that destroyed Hull City.
Predicted starting line-up for Bournemouth
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Son Heung-min started on the bench in the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns, following his exertions with the South Korean national side but he was recalled to the starting XI for the trip to his former club Leverkusen and is expected to start again this weekend.
Son is still the highest rated WhoScored English Premier League player in 2016/17.
Spurs team news
Toby Alderweireld picked up a knee injury in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, so Eric Dier is expected to continue at centre-half, alongside Jan Vertonghen.
The big question is whether Pochettino will persist with Vincent Janssen, who is still looking for his first open play goal, or play Son as a number 9, allowing him to accommodate Moussa Sissoko or Mousa Dembélé in midfield.
Harry Kane continues his rehabilitation and could be available for selection again towards the end of October.
Predicted starting line-up for Spurs
Will Jack Wilshere deliver a timely reminder of his prestigious talent by putting a serious dent in Spurs’ title challenge?