Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
August 23, 2017
Wembley - Premier League
At their temporary home of Wembley, Tottenham have go to start looking like they belong there or they can quickly forget about mounting a third successive title challenge. For Burnley the prospect of a capital double after winning at Chelsea is the stuff of dreams and both clubs could go into the game giving debuts to record signings.
Last season Spurs did the double over Burnley, winning 2-1 at White Hart Lane and being one of the few teams to take three points from Turf Moor with a 2-0 victory in April. Historically Burnley have only lost four more matches to Spurs than they have won but the last was in 2010. At Wembley the sides met in the 1962 FA Cup final, Spurs winning 3-1.
Spurs will hope to have Columbia international central defender Davinson Sanchez available subject to his medical and work permit. The 21-year old club record buy’s arrival from Ajax means that Kevin Wimmer could be on his way out, perhaps to West Brom if Jonny Evans is sold to Manchester City. Spurs are still without Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and have doubts over Kieran Trippier.
Burnley have £15m forward Chris Wood, their new acquisition from Leeds. The Championship’s top scorer last season, Wood didn't play for Leeds at Sunderland last weekend but the New Zealand international will be itching to play at Wembley. Burnley are at full strength apart from Dean Marney, who remains unavailable due to an ACL knee injury.
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley Preview and Predictions
Should Spurs hold any fears for Burnley? Well given The Clarets away form last season the answer would be yes if the match was at White Hart Lane. However with the fixture being staged at Wembley, which is proving troublesome for Tottenham, maybe Sean Dyche’s side can play on any nerves Spurs show.
Burnley started the season with a sensational win away to Chelsea – albeit the Blues finished with nine men – while Chelsea then went and won at Wembley against Tottenham. Despite their poor Champions League results there and their opening game defeat to the defending champions though, surely Spurs will soon be able to strut their stuff in the wide open spaces of the national stadium and that is reflected in their price of 2/7 to win. Burnley are 14/1 with the odds on a draw 6/1.
Harry Kane, Deli Alli and Christian Eriksen have the talent to torture many a visiting side and with Dyche’s defence now shorn of Michael Keane Tottenham are likely to batter Burnley. The visitors are too disciplined to be likely to let in a shed load of goals but if you take Tottenham to really come good you can get 21/1 on a 4-0 win and 20/1 on 4-1.
Harry Kane to score first at 5/2
Kane can’t keep hitting the post and that first ever Premier League goal in August is surely due for the England man ahead of the international break.
Spurs to win 2-0 at 11/2
Spurs will have too much for Burnley but the visitors are too resilient to collapse and suffer a heavy defeat.