Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur 7th March, Saturday, 5.30 KO
We start the game against Burnley coming off the back of four defeats. I usually give a prediction, but since the Norwich humiliation I’ve given up on that as a bad job. Besides, I haven’t had an accurate forecast for some time.
We are without big hitters Son Heung-min and Harry Kane for the foreseeable future, though the latter suggested this week, he could return to action next month. Moussa Sissoko is the other long-term absentee, while Erik Lamela is still struggling for fitness, Hugo Lloris is carrying a groin injury, and Ryan Sessegnon is also doubtful.
Dier is facing FA action for his confrontation with a fan against Norwich, but he is unlikely to be suspended for Saturday’s trip to Turf Moor.
As for Parrott, well Mourinho is expected to revert back to a front three of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn. Parrott will probably be on the bench.
Alli has been directly involved in six goals in his last six Premier League games against Burnley, scoring twice and assisting four.
As for Burnley:
Burnley striker Chris Wood has not started a game for a month due to a hamstring injury, giving Matej Vydra a chance to shine in recent matches. However, Wood made a substitute appearance from the bench in the goalless draw at Newcastle United last week and could come into the side in place of Vydra here.
Ashley Barnes, Matthew Lowton and Johan Berg Gudmundsson all remain on the sidelines.
Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Rodriguez
Tottenham possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Ndombele, Winks, Lo Celso; Lucas, Alli, Bergwijn
Burnley enter this match in far better form than Tottenham and can overtake us in the table with victory at Turf Moor. Mourinho needs to stop the rot, and a point in Lancashire will likely be welcomed ahead of a big clash with Leipzig next week.