Burnley v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 19, 2017
Turf Moor – Premier League
This weekend's Premier League action sees Burnley face Tottenham, who travel to Turf Moor in a hotly contested battle for European football. The Clarets have exceeded all expectations this season, whilst Spurs have fallen a little flat domestically, despite impressive Champions League form.
Tottenham have certainly had the edge over their hosts in recent years, and haven’t lost to Burnley since 2010 when goals from Gareth Bale and Luka Modric weren’t enough to prevent a 4-2 defeat. This season however, Burnley have already earned a 1-1 away win at Wembley with a 90th minute goal from Chris Wood cancelling out Dele Alli’s opener.
Burnley have no new injuries to content with, as Tom Heaton, Dean Marney and Jonathan Walters have all been out since September or earlier, whilst Robbie Brady’s knee surgery will likely see him out of action for the rest of the season.
Retrospective punishment for James Tarkowski will be playing on Sean Dyche’s mind, with the defender charged by the FA for an elbow during the match against Brighton.
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld still faces another month out after a hamstring injury. However, Victor Wanyama is approaching a return having been out since August.
Burnley v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
Few would’ve imagined that at the half-way point of the season, that Burnley would be sitting above Tottenham in the Premier-League table. However, in the event of anything other than an away team win on Saturday, this would be the case.
The Clarets have been exceptional recently, with six wins in the last nine games, losing just to Arsenal and Liverpool. Sean Dyche has a well organised side at his disposal, so that despite having an average of just 44% possession, they have conceded the joint fewest goals in the league.
Of course, this has taken its toll offensively, with Chris Wood and Sam Vokes on just seven goals between them. However Burnley’s tendency to win by one goak to nil, which they’ve done on six occasions already, makes this less of a problem than expected. Against Spurs, Dyche will set his men up defensively, and will miss the pace of Robbie Brady on the break.
Spurs have been far less consistent than their opponents this season, winning just three out of their last eight matches. Pochettino’s men appeared to be recovering their form, after wins against Stoke and Brighton, however, last weekend’s 4-1 battering by Manchester City could well have stopped their resurgence.
This weekend’s fixture is a perfect example of a game that this season’s Spurs will find difficult. Burnley’s players will get in Tottenham’s faces not allowing their creative players any time on the ball. With the likes of Christian Erikssen and Dele Alli already struggling, Harry Kane, who is 5/6 to score anytime, will be left with a lot to do.
After three phenomenal seasons, Spurs’ poor form marks Pochettino’s first psychological test as a manger. A win at Burnley, despite being favourites at 8/15, would certainly be a big step towards passing it.
0-0 final score at 9/1
A point would be a good result for Burnley and they will defend for it, but the home side are nothing if not resilient.
Son as first goalscorer at 11/2
If anyone is going to break the deadlock, the South Korean has four goals in his last five games and often pops up with a goal when it's most needed.