Preview: Burnley v Spurs, Turf Moore, Monday 8th October
If we beat Burnley, we can go fourth in the league and 2 pts behind Everton (who lost 2-0 to Southampton). In fact, all the top teams, apart from Liverpool, crumbled. City drew with the Spammers, United also drew with Chelsea, while Leeds unfrocked Villa as charlatans. So a lot is riding on our match against Burnley on Monday. We’ve got a good away record, undefeated, while our only blemish was our opening home-game defeat against Everton.
So, fingers cross and Come On You Spurs!
Burnley defender Phil Bardsley is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. Ben Mee is back in training but not yet ready to feature, Erik Pieters is a doubt with a calf problem, and Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Jack Cork are out.
Jose Mourinho will restore his first-team regulars after resting them for the Europa League. Eric Dier faces a fitness test on the hamstring injury that has caused him to miss our last two matches.
I am still shocked by how we allowed the Spammers to get back into the game after being 3-0 down. We had an exceptional first half, followed by capitulation. Well, to be fair that was in the last 10 minutes of the game. But that was followed by our Europa league victory of LASK (3-0). So we have the capability to bounce back quickly. And we’ve got a good squad for all eventualities. However, what I will say is that we are a work in progress and learning fast. While the other clubs stumble and fall about we’ve got an excellent opportunity to strike while the iron is hot. As the old saying goes, kick them in the nuts while they aren’t looking.
Saying all that, above, we shouldn’t underestimate Burnley. Clubs that are at the wrong end of the table – and Burnley are – doesn’t mean they don’t have a sting in their tail. Underestimate them at our own foolishness.
Prediction: we will win by over 3 goals.
Burnley have won just two of their 12 Premier League games against us, at Turf Moor in 2009-10 and 2018-19.
There have been 100 league matches between Burnley and us. The Clarets have won 36, We have won 39 and there have been 25 draws.
Burnley’s only win in their past 23 Premier League home fixtures against established top-six opposition came at the expense of Spurs in February 2019.
That is the only victory Sean Dyche has achieved over Tottenham in 13 matches as a manager for Watford or Burnley.
This is the third time the Clarets have begun a Premier League campaign without a victory in their opening four games.
Since Burnley’s return to the Premier League in 2016-17, only Southampton have had more than their 13 goalless draws in the division.
We are on a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions and have scored 19 goals in our past four matches.
We are looking to win our first three away games of a Premier League season for only the second time, emulating the 2017-18 campaign.
We are only the third club to score more than 10 goals in our opening two away matches of a top-flight season (5-2 v Southampton and 6-1 v Manchester United). Sunderland, in 1892-93, and Middlesbrough, in 1935-36, both scored 12.
We have kept just two clean sheets in 28 league away games, both in goalless draws last season against relegated sides Bournemouth and Watford.
We have conceded three goals in the 90th minute or later this season, more than any other Premier League side before the latest round of fixtures.
Son won the 2019-20 Premier League Goal of the Season award for his individual effort in our 5-0 win over Burnley last December.
So that is it, folks. So now we wait in anticipation. COYS!
Best regards, Glenn