3 Key Battles That Could Decide Tottenham's Premier League Clash With Bournemouth

Tottenham face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, still looking for their first win in the league in their temporary home. Mauricio Pochettino's side have had frustrating draws against Swansea and Burnley while also losing at home to Chelsea. 

Bournemouth will arrive in London 19th in the table with only one win in their opening seven games. 

Here are three key battles that could decide the game

1. Davinson Sánchez v Jermain Defoe

Tottenham's new £42m centre back will be hoping to continue his good start to life in north London by stopping the threat of Bournemouth's veteran forward.

Defoe made 276 league appearances in two spells at Tottenham, scoring 91 goals, and he will desperate to add to his solitary Bournemouth goal against his former club. 

2. Ben Davies v Jordon Ibe

These are two players who are likely to face off on opposite wings, but both have had good starts to the season. Davies has become a key part of Tottenham's play, scoring one and making another in the 4-0 win over Huddersfield. 

Ibe was credited for inspiring the Cherries from the bench in their sole league win against Brighton, so it could be an interesting battle.

3. Harry Kane v Nathan Ake

Harry Kane is on fire at the moment. He has 11 goals in 9 games for Spurs in all competitions but is yet to score in a league game at Wembley. Maybe his goal for England against Slovenia last Thursday could provide some confidence. 

Trying to stop him will be Nathan Ake, Bournemouth's club record signing. The former Chelsea man successfully shut out Jamie Vardy before the international break and now hopes to do the same to Kane.