Match Preview: Burnley v Spurs (a continuation from the City game?)

Match Preview: Burnley v Spurs (a continuation from the City game?)

After our brilliant victory over the league leaders, we must now continue from there and show our supporters that things have changed and we can get into the top four.

The original date for the  Burnley game at Turf Moor was postponed 50 minutes before kick-off because of heavy snow. Actually, it would have cleared up if the referee had waited for a couple of hours; nevertheless, that rearranged game is ready to be played this Wednesday.

I was one of them who actually made it to the ground, got inside and was already waiting for the game to start before the officials decided to have a laugh and call off the game. Mel and I spent the whole day travelling up and down the motorway, with nothing to show for it.

Both teams:

On the weekend just gone, Burnley ran out 3-0 winners against Brighton while we dismantled Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad stadium.

According to the press and fans alike, many expected our fourth consecutive Premier League defeat. Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty appeared to get the point for Man City, but Kane was there at the end to head home in the fifth minute of injury time to send us home with tears of joy in our eyes. Now people are questioning why we couldn’t produce the goods against the likes of Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Whatever the reason, we must build on the City game.

The 3-2 win over City did mark the third Premier League away game in a row that we have conceded two goals. Still, we have won our last three against Burnley with three clean sheets in tow.

 

Burnley Premier League form:

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Burnley form (all competitions):

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Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form:

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Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions):

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Team News

Burnley

Sean Dyche is hopeful that Weghorst and Maxwel Cornet will play.

It remains to be seen if Charlie Taylor and COVID-positive players James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood will be back in time. Still, Johann Berg Gudmundsson has picked up a fresh injury, and Matej Vydra is recovering from his hernia operation.

If fitness levels allow him to do so, Sean Dyche will undoubtedly hope to name an unchanged XI, with Nathan Collins set to partner Ben Mee in the rearguard if Tarkowski cannot start the game.

Tottenham

Eric Dier was back for  Man City game, but Oliver Skipp (groin) and Japhet Tanganga (knee) are set to sit this one out again.

Sergio Reguilon confirmed on social media that he had contracted COVID-19 before the Man City win and is also unlikely to take part. Still, Emerson Royal should be fine despite coming off with a knock at the Etihad.

Dejan Kulusevski’s goal and assist earned him high praise from Conte at the weekend and should form an unchanged attack with Kane and Son this Wednesday.

My  possible starting lineup:

Lloris; Dier, Romero, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son

My thoughts and prediction

Burnley 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur

After the City game, we will be desperate to prove that our win was no fluke.

Burnley can breach our leaky backline, but our front three will have the necessary firepower to put us in a comfortable lead and win the game.

Well, that is it, folks. We can win this, we must win this and start fighting for a top-four place. End up as we did before the City game, and we can kiss goodbye to any chance of getting a top-four spot. It is in our hands!

COYS!

All the best, Glenn

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