Why Bournemouth v Tottenham is your game of the weekend, NOT Chelsea v Man United

Chelsea v Manchester United has long been one of the go-to games of the football season, so with the first instalment of the 2016/17 season arriving this weekend, why isn't it our game of the weekend?

Well Bournemouth v Tottenham might have a little something to do with that.

English players

Junior Stanislas scores against Hull - (Paul Harding/PA)
(Paul Harding/PA)

In years gone by, Chelsea v Manchester United was the best place to watch the cream of England's football crop. Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, John Terry and Ashley Cole all graced the turf at Stamford Bridge, while they often faced off against Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney of United.

And while Rooney still remains, that only furthers our argument.

Bournemouth and Tottenham arguably display more of the best from England's pleasant land. Eddie Howe's Cherries can boast Charlie Daniels, Jack Wilshere, fantasy football hero Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson, while Tottenham have repopulated the England squad recently with Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Not bad.

Impressive performances

Tottenham's Kyle Walker and Manchester City's Jesus Navas - (John Walton/PA)
(John Walton/PA)

The season is still young, at just eight games old, but it's not too far-fetched to suggest that two of the most impressive results of the season have come from Tottenham and Bournemouth.

Manchester City were unbeaten in the league under Pep Guardiola when they travelled to Tottenham, but they found that particular record broken beyond repair after Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side controlled the game and won 2-0.

Two weeks later it was Bournemouth who grabbed everybody's attention on Match of the Day, putting an astonishing six goals past Hull City as they moved up to 11th in the league.

Chelsea and Manchester United old news?

Chelsea and Manchester United play one another - (Adam Davy/PA)
(Adam Davy/PA)

This might be a touch premature, but are Manchester United and Chelsea both fading forces? The two sides dominated the Premier League for much of the last decade, but with Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham looking strong for the top four, where does that leave the old guard?

With the Blues and the Red Devils fifth and seventh respectively after eight games, right now, scrapping for fourth place is a very real possibility.

And having brought in Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho to oversee their efforts to surge back to the top of the league, would fourth be enough?

Innovative managers

Harry Kane shakes hands with Eddie Howe - (Tim Ireland/AP)
(Tim Ireland/AP)

At the start of this season, we were promised an era of super managers. Conte, Guardiola and Mourinho would all arrive in England and battle it out for Premier League superiority in epic fashion. Great news for The Best League in the World.

But actually, it's two incumbents who are grabbing our attention with their performances. Pochettino and Eddie Howe are two of the most respected managers in the league right now, known for creating teams worth more than the sum of their parts.

Furthermore, Howe has been touted as England's managerial saviour, while Pochettino earned his stripes as part of a thrilling title race last season, which he ultimately lost to Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City.

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere is on loan at Bournemouth - (Steve Paston/PA)
(Steve Paston/PA)

There's some intrigue here, isn't there? The Arsenal loanee is set to start his fifth game in a row in the Premier League, a big thing for the oft-injured midfielder, and looks to be steadily regaining match fitness with the Cherries.

And with Tottenham visiting the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, Wilshere's fifth consecutive start will come against one of his fiercest personal rivals. The England midfielder has spent many a trophy parade telling the world about his feelings for Spurs.

Wilshere v Alli could be a bit tasty as well, couldn't it?

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