Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Turf Moor – Sunday, April 5th – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)
Match Odds: Burnley 11/5 – Draw 13/5 – Spurs 23/20
The Clarets are still in the relegation zone but are just one point behind Sunderland in 17th and will be able to temporarily lift themselves out of the bottom three with a win before their rivals kick off against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
Sean Dyche’s men have only won one of their last eight in the league, but that came in their most recent home game against Manchester City so the players will know they have what it takes to beat Spurs if they can put in the right performance.Embed from Getty Images
They scored their only goal in four in that win and need to try and improve in the final third to have any chance of picking up three points.
Spurs head to Burnley knowing that a win will keep their hopes of a top four finish alive for at least another week. Tottenham are six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United going into the weekend and need to keep on adding points to stand any chance of bringing Champions League football back to White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino watched his side edge past Leicester 4-3 in their last game two weeks ago and they have only lost one of their last five in the league.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs have not lost to a side in the bottom seven away from home all season and will hope to keep that record intact with another victory in this one.
This will be the fourth meeting between the sides this season after the pair met in the FA Cup third round in a tie that went to a replay. Spurs won the reverse league fixture 2-1 back in December.
Burnley will be without Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both knee), while Matthew Taylor is still a week away or so away from recovering from his calf injury. Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are likely to line up in attack and will need to score the goals to guide Burnley to safety.
Spurs travel to Burnley without star man Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm will need to fill in as goalkeeper for the trip. Danny Rose (hip) and Eric Dier (eye) are both expected to make the game despite pulling out of international fixtures. Roberto Soldado will face a late fitness test but Harry Kane will be the man to lead the line once again.
Burnley’s last five: D/L/L/W/L
Tottenham’s last five: D/W/W/L/W
Key Stat: There have been 22 goals between the sides in the last five games in all competitions so this should be entertaining.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs talisman enjoyed a fine international debut with England and is at the top of his game right now, full of confidence. He will be key once again.
Burnley 1-2 Tottenham – Spurs have made a habit of winning by the odd goal away from home this season and Sunday’s game should be no different. Burnley will battle hard but Tottenham’s quality will shine through.