Date: 25th October 2015 at 8:47am
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Bournemouth welcome Tottenham to Dorset looking for a victory which could take them as much as five points clear of the drop zone.

The Cherries currently sit two points above Newcastle, but if the Magpies lose at Sunderland then Eddie How’s men would open up a three-point gap between themselves and the bottom-three with a victory over Spurs.

Despite their contrasting starts to the season, this match is likely to be a tight affair.

The hosts will be desperate for their first win since mid-September, while the visitors will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday.

Bournemouth, who actually have a 100% record in this fixture with the only game between the two being a 3-1 FA Cup win for the Cherries in 1957, have had to contend with a lengthy injury list so far this season, but apart from last week’s 5-1 mauling at Manchester City they have always been in games.

The south coast side have only conceded three times at Dean Court this term but desperately need to convert draws into wins to pull away from the relegation zone.

After a terrific September, Tottenham’s momentum has slowed this month with two league draws. Their Europa League campaign has also stuttered and they suffered their first defeat in the competition on Thursday despite fielding a strong team.

However, after their previous two matches in Europe, Mauricio Pochettino’s side collected four points from their following league matches; a good return considering the competition has hampered many sides in the past.

Picking up three points in this game would be much easier for Tottenham if Harry Kane was back on form.

The 22-year-old has only one goal this campaign and has only scored three from 40 shots stretching back to last season.

Hugo Lloris is at least keeping things tight at the other end with four clean sheets and only three goals conceded in the last six games.

To team news, Glenn Murray has scored in his last two games and will again lead the line as the Cherries look to score in their eighth consecutive league match.

In a big boost for Howe, Harry Arter is fit and could make his first Premier League appearance.

Andrew Surman and Marc Pugh have recovered from injury and are fit to play, while Lee Tomlin could also be included after illness.

Goalkeeper Artur Boruc is a major doubt with a thigh injury though, meaning Ryan Allsop is on standby to cover in goal.

For Spurs, Kane will return to lead the attack after being used as a substitute in Belgium, while Ryan Mason could also make the team after injury.

Son Heung-min, Federico Fazio, Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli are still out.

League Position: Bournemouth – 17th (8 pts); Tottenham – 7th (14 pts)
Last Meeting: Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur, February 1957
Key Men: Bournemouth – Matt Ritchie; Tottenham – Christian Eriksen
Form: Bournemouth – DLWLDL; Tottenham – DWWWDD
Shoot Says: Bournemouth 1-1 Tottenham

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