Tottenham v Bournemouth: Cherries can put squeeze on Jose
Dave Tindall is here to preview the Premier League clash between Spurs and Bournemouth, and he can see a case for an upset here...
Tottenhamv Bournemouth Saturday, 15:00
Mourinho making an instant impact
Two wins out two. Seven goals scored. Hugging quick-thinking ball boys. What a breath of fresh air this Jose Mourinho fella is.
That's the narrative for the time being. The miserable one is now the rejuvenated one. It's fun being a Spurs fan.
Then again, something strange is still in the air. If you want a negative spin, add in the end of their first win and the start of their second and Spurs were a combined 4-0 down over 36 minutes of football to the combined forces of ailing West Ham and Olympiakos.
The idea that Jose would sort the defence out first and then deal with the going forward stuff has been turned on its head.
Still, the bottom line is that since the Portuguese came in, Spurs have won back-to-back games, something they hadn't managed under the departed Mauricio Pochettino this season.
Cherries having sticky patch
If someone has told Eddie Howe he'd have one point less than Tottenham after 13 games, he'd surely have taken it.
However, he probably would have vouched on Spurs having more than 16 points.
While 11th spot represents mid-table safety for the Cherries, they're going through a sticky patch with just one win in eight in all competitions.
Again, though, a different spin can be applied. The one win was a home success over Man Utd, they've had three draws and only Leicester and Man City have beaten them by more than a single goal this season.
And, as for being no pushovers, only three teams have let in fewer goals on the road.
Draw could be value
The market clearly points to a third win out of three for Mourinho and Tottenham are just 1.40 to bag all three points.
The Draw is a hefty 5.80 while Bournemouth are 8.40.
Despite the positive start, backing Spurs at big odds-on doesn't seem the greatest idea for now and this could be Mourinho's toughest task yet.
Overs hot favourite
The prohibitive 1.55 quote for Over 2.5 goals seems to be based purely on Tottenham's chaotic last two games which have seen five and six respectively.
But come at it from a Bournemouth point of view and it's a very different story.
Only Arsenal (really!) and Sheffield United (makes sense) away games have seen fewer goals than the 15 witnessed by the travelling Cherries fans so, in that sense, 2.72 for Unders is worth a look at least.
As for Both teams to Score, Yes at 1.79 is the clear favourite although it's landed in just two of Bournemouth's last six games but in five of Tottenham's last six so the evidence conflicts. No is 2.22.
Dele and Harry can net profits
Harry Kane has three in two under Mourinho but is just 1.47 for another on Saturday. Two or more is just 3.00.
Son Heung-Min at 2.14 is a possibility and he has a great record against Bournemouth but the best bet could be Dele Alli, who is a bigger price to score one than Kane is two.
Mourinho seems to be on mission to show that he can get a tune out of the England midfielder and Alli has already responded with a goal against Olympiakos.
That's three in eight overall since mid-October so his scoring touch is definitely coming back. Take Alli to score at 3.05.
For Bournemouth, Harry Wilson has already bagged four goals in the Premier League and three have come on the road. He also scored in Wales' 2-0 win in Azerbaijan recently.
The on-loan Liverpool man hits a pure ball whether from open play or set pieces and is worth an anytime dabble at 5.60.