Burnley and Spurs meet at Turf Moor in the first of two Sunday matches. Both sides look to help their cause at either end of the pitch by gaining the all important three points up for grabs. Spurs have their eye on a potential Champions league place but the race involves five teams vying for two places which will make every game crucial at this stage. The Clarets are fighting for their Premier League lives and will need to fight for every available point and hope that the teams in and around the same area drop points for them to capitalise on.
Burnley have only won one of their last nine games but that solitary victory will stick long in the memory after a 1-0 win against the Champions Man City in their last home game. Sean Dyche’s men did lose their last match 2-0, however, to Southampton which leaves them 18th place but only one point from safety and only three points behind both Hull and Aston Villa who sit in 15th and 16th respectively.
Spurs on the other hand are six points off the Champions League places meaning that is now an uphill battle to overtake the likes of Arsenal and Man Utd who occupy third and fourth in the table. Their last game ended up being a thriller after a 4-3 win at home to Leicester courtesy of a Harry Kane hat-trick as well as an own goal. They will, however, want to improve on their last away performance which resulted in a 3-0 defeat to Man Utd. Albeit the opposition isn’t as strong, compliancy could kick in knowing that they are more than good enough to win this game easily. So a professional approach is needed to avoid any slip ups.
The game between the two sides earlier in the season at White Hart Lane resulted in a 2-1 victory to Spurs with Kane and Lamela getting on the score sheet.
The Clarets are missing Dean Marney and Kevin Long due to knee injuries and Matthew Taylor is lacking match fitness after recovering from a calf problem.
Danny Rose should be fit after a hip issue and will be joined by Eric Dier who should be fine after a facial injury. Hugo Lloris will be out for a few weeks with a knee injury and Roberto Soldado is 50/50 for the game with a similar but not so serious problem.
- Tottenham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League away games.
- Burnley have scored just 14 goals in 15 of their Premier League home games.
- Tottenham haven’t lost back to back Premier League away games since March 2014.
- Harry Kane’s 19 Premier League goals this season have won Spurs 22 points.
- Burnley have conceded the most headed goals in the Premier League this season with 17 in total.
League Head to Heads
2014/2015 Wed 14 Jan Spurs 4 – 2 Burnley F.A. Cup
2014/2015 Mon 05 Jan Burnley 1 – 1 Spurs F.A. Cup
2014/2015 Sat 20 Dec Spurs 2 – 1 Burnley PL
2009/2010 Sun 09 May Burnley 4 – 2 Spurs PL
2009/2010 Sat 26 Sep Spurs 5 – 0 Burnley PL
Burnley: Danny Ings
The future of Danny Ings has been well documented with both Real Sociedad and Liverpool both reportedly interested but for the moment, he has huge pressure on his shoulders to help his current side avoid relegation. Ings has enjoyed a fine season so far, notching nine times but has suffered a dry spell in front of the goal and hasn’t scored in his last five. The young English forward has shown his attacking know how and trickery in and around the box, causing defenders all sorts of trouble, having been fouled 40 times already this season. From a creative point of view, Ings has laid 30 chances to his teammates, resulting in four assists showing his all round ability as a forward and will again want to provide problems for the Spurs backline who have been suspect at times this season.
Tottenham: Harry Kane
Harry Kane is a young man whose confidence must be at an all time high at the moment after getting his England career off to the best possible start, scoring 80 seconds into his debut after coming on as a substitute in England’s 4-0 win over Lithuania. The striker has been in scintillating form since finding a place in Tottenham’s first team and now finds himself as the joint top scorer in the Premier League with 19 goals and a hat trick in his last league game against Leicester. The 21 year old boasts a superb conversion rate with 31% of his shots being converted into goals as well as a solid shooting accuracy with 61% from his 71 shots.
Spurs will know that this is a game that they cannot afford to slip up on, bearing in mind the battle they face for a Champions League place. However, I do expect them to come through with all three points.