Spurs inch closer to Chelsea after thrashing Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur have moved back to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with another convincing home win, seeing off Bournemouth 4-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.

A Spurs title triumph is still unlikely, with seven points still separating the two teams, but with Mauricio Pochettino's team hosting Bournemouth and Chelsea travelling to the North-West to play Manchester United, a chance may arise for the club to spark life into what has been a one-sided race for the league crown.

Chelsea now travel to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon knowing they can not afford to drop points with Pochettino's side ready to pounce should Antonio Conte's men slip up.

"I think we're playing and fighting for bigger things", said Pochettino, who may hand a first start to Harry Kane since the striker's ankle injury five weeks ago.

The Cherries suffered a first defeat in six games when beaten 3-1 by Chelsea last weekend, while Spurs kept themselves within striking distance of the pacesetters after sweeping aside Watford 4-0 for a sixth straight league win.

Chelsea travel to Manchester United on Sunday after West Brom host Liverpool, while Arsenal visit the Riverside on Monday evening. The north Londoners are looking to close the gap at the top of the table to four points. If they don't get the win tomorrow we'll see. they're still the favourites to win the Premier League.

Tottenham's football was worthy of their best run of form in half a century, and Kane played a neat one-two with Son before curling a shot that lacked the power to beat Boruc.

The goal makes Kane just the fourth player to score 20 Premier League goals in three consecutive seasons after Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry.

"It's an honour to be put next to those names but I've still got so much to achieve before I can even start thinking I'm as good as them", Alli said.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the first half, taking him to 23 Serie A goals this season.

"That was a very bad period at the end of last season", said Pochettino.

Howe added: "We know we are running out of games to get the points we need, so are scrapping for everything as we look to surpass last season's total of 42".

You could have picked both of Tottenham's central defenders but Vertonghen, like many times this season, was instrumental to their victory.

Midfielder Dan Gosling, who has been ruled out of the last two games with a knee injury, is unlikely to feature after suffering a setback in training.

'There are still a lot of games to play.

  • Julie Sanders