Just four days after Spurs heroically progressed to the knockout phase of the Champions League, they are back in action in the Premier League as they host Burnley at Wembley Stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in excellent form and high in confidence, having won eight of their last ten matches in all competitions. As well as qualifying in the Champions League, they are in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup and third in the Premier League table, six points behind leaders Liverpool.
In contrast, Burnley have made a poor start to the season and only last week ended a two month run without a victory against Brighton. Sean Dyche led his team to a 7th place finish last season, which meant Burnley participated in the Europa League this season. Whether those early European games contributed or not, Burnley have made a slow start to the season and are only two points above the relegation zone in 17th. Only last week, in their 1-0 win over Brighton, did they show any signs of the defensive solidity which was their main strength last campaign and Dyche will be eager to keep a second clean sheet in two games at Wembley.
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Spurs v Burnley Team News
Spurs will assess the fitness of a number of players before their game with Burnley and Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier could all play a part if passed fit by the medical staff. Trippier in particular will be eager to return for Spurs against his former club.
Victor Wanyama is continuing his rehabilitation so will not be available along with Mousa Dembele whose ankle injury will keep him sidelined. The Belgian midfielder has returned to on-field rehabilitation but the Burnley match will be too soon for him.
Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both doubts for Burnley and may not be rushed back into the starting line up by Sean Dyche. Defour has a calf injury whereas Iceland international Gudmundsson was taken off in Burnley’s last match with a tight hamstring.
Sean Dyche has also been on the injury table this week. because of sciatica. but it is expected that he’ll be in the Wembley dugout on Saturday.
Spurs v Burnley Predicted Team
Although Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier could be in contention to start against Burnley it is possible that Mauricio Pochettino will retain Kyle Walker-Peters after the Spurs youngster started against Barcelona. Elsewhere in defence, Juan Foyth will more than likely return to the side in place of one of the Belgian centre halves if he is passed match fit. We think that Jan Vertonghen may be rested if Pochettino has the opportunity to do so as he has only recently returned from a two month injury layoff.
Despite his man of the match performance versus Barcelona, Danny Rose will likely be rotated with Ben Davies at left back for Spurs.
Further forward it is difficult to predict who Pochettino will select. Eric Dier will come back into the side, either for Moussa Sissoko or Harry Winks in central midfield. Just in front of the central midfield two, we think that Dele Alli will play alongside Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. Lamela recently returned from injury to come off the bench in the Champions League but, after his goal midweek, Lucas Moura could start ahead of him.
Heung-min Son may return to the substitute bench after starting Spurs’ last few games. The South Korean captain recently won the Goal of the Month award for November in the Premier League after his solo strike against Chelsea and has been in good goalscoring form for Spurs. But, because of the busy Christmas schedule, Pochettino will want to keep him as fit as possible.
Harry Kane will continue to lead the line after being rested for Spurs’ last Premier League match against Leicester. It is also likely that he will be rested for Spurs next game against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, as the England captain has yet to make an appearance in the competition so far this campaign.
🎶 Oh when the Spurs go marching in…🎶
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What the Managers Said
Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino
“The confidence is always good if you manage in the right way. Sometimes the confidence makes you weak, it is so important to be confident but to be thinking we need to be ready to compete in our best way. It will be a tough game against Burnley and we can’t think because we are in the last 16 of the Champions League and are in the next stage now it will be easy to beat Burnley. We need to give our best mentality, we need the approach to the game must be very aggressive, with plenty of energy and we need to deserve to win after 90 minutes. I am so motivated for this game because it is so important to win the three points and then after get ready for the derby against Arsenal.” (football.london)
Burnley Manager Sean Dyche
“Tottenham are having a fine start to the season and they had a great result the other night. I really like the way they go about their business. Their manager plays direct football but in a passing style, if they can get out quickly then they do. They’re effective. They don’t keep the ball for the sake of it.”
“We go down there with a bit more freedom, the expectation changes. Last week against Brighton, there was really heavy expectation for us to get a result.” (BBC Sport)
Spurs v Burnley Stats
- Harry Kane has scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against Burnley
- Spurs have lost just one in their last eight matches against Burnley
- Spurs have yet to draw in the Premier League this season
- Burnley have not won away against Spurs since 1983
Spurs v Burnley One to Watch
James Tarkowski is one of Burnley’s key players and will start in central defence on Saturday. Like his club, Tarkowski has endured a frustrating season so far as he attempted to play through a hernia injury that eventually required him to have surgery last month. On his return to the team there has been a noticeable improvement in Burnley and he scored the winner and kept a clean sheet in the game against Brighton.
The Burnley man has stated his intentions to get back into the England squad this week after starting in England’s friendly with Switzerland in September so will be eager to impress at Wembley.
📸 James Tarkowski puts the finishing touch on a pinball Burnley goal against Brighton pic.twitter.com/gLoC6BfJUG
— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) December 8, 2018
Spurs v Burnley Referee
Graham Scott will be the official in charge at Wembley for Spurs v Burnley. He has officiated in both the Premier League and Championship this season and was the man in the middle for Burnley’s 0-0 draw against Southampton on the opening day of the season. In the five Premier League matches he has refereed, Scott has produced fourteen yellow cards, one red card and two penalties.
Spurs v Burnley Predicted Score
Spurs will go into the game with Burnley having given their all against Barcelona on Wednesday. However we think that their Champions League success will give them the energy to put in a winning performance against a well organised Burnley side at Wembley. We are expecting a tough game, which could get frustrating at times for the home side, but our predicted score is Spurs 2-0 Burnley.
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