Spurs Have Their Sights Firmly Set on the Top Four as They Host Burnley

Last updated: December 16, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4:00pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Not Shown
Home form: WLWLW
Away form: LWLLL
Last season: Burnley 0 – 0 Tottenham
Competition: The Premier League

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be eager to lay down a marker to the rest of the league as his side prepare to host Burnley at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. Spurs bounced back well from their narrow 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford last weekend with a resounding victory over Hull City earlier in the week – a well needed result that keeps the pressure building on the teams in the top four positions. With their sights now firmly set on the Premier League title, they will surely be looking to record an emphatic victory over a Burnley side that are still well within touching distance of the relegation zone.

By all accounts Spurs have been good in the domestic competition this season. They managed to remain undefeated up until week 13 – longer than any other side in the League – and have dropped very few unnecessary points. Their only two losses have come against first place Chelsea in a closely fought game that could have gone either way, and last weekend against United with a narrow one-goal margin. They showed a huge improvement in their midweek fixture against Hull where they dominated possession, chances and showed their class. The home fans can look forward to more of the same as the recent form of the visitors – not to mention their poor away record – suggests that they will struggle to keep up.

Were it not for their good home record Burnley could well be a lot worse off than they are now. All of their five victories this season have been on home soil as they are yet to record an away victory. Their latest loss on the road at the London Stadium earlier this week makes it their fifth in four attempts. If they are to stand any chance of staying up they will need to improve their travelling form considerably. There will be opportunities to do this in upcoming away fixtures against the likes of Sunderland and Watford, against this Spurs outfit though, it seems unlikely.

Team News

Mousa Dembele is hoping to recover from a niggling foot injury in time for Sunday’s fixture. The Belgian international was forced to miss the mid-week game against Hull due to the recurring injury. If he is passed fit we expect that Pochettino will include him in his side.

Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen remain side-lined due to their respective hip and ankle injuries. Both players are expected to be back in action in the coming weeks.

Johann Gudmundsson may be back fit in time to travel to White Hart Lane. The Iceland international suffered a hamstring injury during the 0-0 away draw against Man City at the end of November, but may well recover in time for Sunday’s fixture.

Burnley are yet to win an away fixture in this year’s Premier League campaign. They’ve collected just a single point on the road in a fixture that ended 1-1 against Manchester United.

Expected line-ups:

Tottenham (4-4-2): Lloris, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Dier, Eriksen, Rose, Walker, Wanyama, Alli, Sissoko, Kane
Subs: Vorm, Davies, Trippirt, Nkoudou, Winks, Onomah, Son
Injured: Janssen, Lamela,
Doubtful: Dembélé
Not available:
Burnley (4-4-2): Heaton, Ward, Mee, Lowton, Keane, Arfield, Marney, Boyd, Hendrick, Gray, Vokes
Subs: Robinson, Flanagan, Tarkowski, Defour, Kightly, Bamford, Barnes
Injured: Gudmundsson
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Crystal Palace this season Chelsea this season
5th League Position 13th
6 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (0)
5-0 vs. Swansea City Biggest win 3-2 vs. Bournemouth
2 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
2-1 vs. Chelsea Biggest Defeat 4-0 vs. West Brom
Harry Kane (7) Top scorer Sam Vokes (4)
Christian Eriksen (4) Assist Leader Steven Defour (3)
Y30, R0 Discipline Y25, R0
2 Failures to score 8
7 Clean Sheets 3
8 Both Teams to Score Games 6
6 Over 2.5 Games 8
10 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • Despite missing five games due to injury, Harry Kane is Tottenham’s leading scorer. He’s scored seven goals in eleven appearances for the club in the Premier League (two more than Tottenham’s second highest scorer Christian Eriksen).
  • Burnley have only managed a total of 15 goals so far this season. This is only two more than Middlesbrough who are the league’s lowest scorers at present.
  • The loss to Manchester United last weekend has left Tottenham trailing fourth-placed Manchester city by three points. Spurs will be looking to secure a comfortable win this weekend and keep building to try and get back into the top four spots.
  • Burnley’s away record has been well below par. The best they’ve managed is a single point away at Manchester United back in October in a game that ended 0-0.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
05/04/2015 Premier League Burnley 0 – 0 Tottenham
14/01/2015 FA Cup Tottenham 4 – 2 Burnley M.Sordell 3′
05/01/2015 FA Cup Burnley 1 – 1 Tottenham N.Chadli 56′
20/12/2014 Premier League Tottenham 2- 1 Burnley H. Kane 21′
09/05/2010 Premier League Burnley 4 – 2 Tottenham G. Bale 3′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

In the last ten meetings between the two sides Spurs have won five, drawn two and lost three. The poor form of the travelling side coupled with Spurs’s ability to do away with lower league sides this season suggests that they’ll come out on top once again on Sunday afternoon. We’re predicting a comfortable home win with a margin of at least two goals. Try heading over to Betway where they are currently offering odds prices of 5/1 for a 2-0 victory or 6/1 for a 3-0 victory.