Burnley v Tottenham: Match Preview

Burnley play hosts to Tottenham on Saturday, a game which could have big bearings at both ends of the table.

The Clarets know a win will all but secure their Premier League status for another season, but Dyche’s men are sure to face a stern test when Mauricio Pochettino brings his Spurs side to ‘Fortress Turf’.

Spurs come into this game in great form, losing just one of their last 10 games, winning seven in the process and they will be seeking yet another win on Saturday to cement their spot in the top four.

Team News:

Steven Defour returns into the first team picture for Saturday after returning from injury, while Scott Arfield remains doubtful. Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are the Clarets only injury absentees this weekend.

Tottenham will be without star striker Harry Kane, who misses out with an ankle injury, while Danny Rose and Erik Lamela join him on the sidelines. Vincent Janssen could miss out with illness and Heung Min Son could also miss out after playing in Seoul on Tuesday.

Recent Form:

Burnley have won just two of their last 10 games, which has left the Clarets second bottom in the form table, but are still holding a mid-table spot. Home form has been impeccable this season for Burnley and they will be hoping to pick up where they left off on Saturday after a seven week stint away from Turf Moor.

Tottenham have lost just one of their last ten, a run which has propelled them into second place, opening up a seven point gap to Manchester United in fifth position. Spurs away form hasn’t been great this season, but against the smaller teams, they have been ruthless, and they will be hoping that is the case again on Saturday.

Previous Meetings:

Last time out, in December at White Hart Lane, Tottenham beat Burnley 2-1, courtesy of goals from Dele Alli and Danny Rose, after Burnley had taken the lead through Ashley Barnes. It was a close game on the day and it was no disgrace that the Clarets came away having lost 2-1, and if refereeing decisions had swung another way – who knows. Tottenham are yet to win at Turf Moor in the Premier League. Spurs fell to a 4-2 defeat in 2010 and they were held to a 0-0 draw in 2015.

Match Stats:

Burnley have lost just three games at home this season, two of which have been against Arsenal and Manchester City.

Tottenham have scored at least two goals in seven of their last 10 games.

Burnley haven’t beaten Tottenham since May 2010, z 4-2 victory at Turf Moor on the last day of the season.

The Clarets have kept just three clean sheers in their last 10 games, while Tottenham have kept five.

Spurs haven’t conceded more than one goal away from home against any team outside the top four.

Predicted Line-Ups:

Burnley – Burnley line up

Tottenham – Tottenham line up


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