The Premier League returns to action this weekend and Tottenham travel to Turf Moor to face a Burnley side that have taken 29 points from a possible 32 at home this season.
To add further pressure for the English top flight’s current second place side, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs face Sean Dyche’s Clarets knowing that many of their rivals are facing each other.
Indeed, Manchester City face Arsenal and Liverpool are engaged in the Merseyside derby, so Tottenham have a great chance to strengthen their league position.
Burnley, as previously mentioned, have been superb at home this season. In their last league game at Turf Moor, they gained a credible 1-1 draw against Chelsea. However, home form aside, they have been poor recently, suffering defeats to Liverpool and Swansea on the road, while they only managed draws with relegation-threatened Hull City and Sunderland.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last three league games, having recorded victories over Southampton, Everton, and Stoke City. The result against the Potters was by a convincing 4-0 scoreline, while also beat local rivals Millwall 6-0 in the FA Cup. Goals are seemingly easy to come by for Spurs, of late.
Burnley have fewer injury problems than their opponents, but still are missing key players. Scott Arfield and Johann Gudmundsson remain doubtful ahead of this fixture. The Iceland international sustained medial cruciate ligament damage and is still returning to full fitness.
Mauricio Pochettino was dealt some bad news over the international break as Vincent Jansenn was made unavailable for Holland due to illness. This comes as an added blow for the Lilywhites, with main striker Harry Kane already ruled out through injury.
Meanwhile, Spurs’ Danny Rose is due to see a specialist over a potential return to first-team action in early April and, like his teammate, Erik Lamela, he will be unavailable for selection to face Burnley.
Verdict: Burnley 1-2 Tottenham
Burnley’s home form should make this a close encounter and Sean Dyche’s men will make this as tough an away trip as they can. Spurs, without Kane, haven’t as many goals in their side but Dele Alli has been chipping in with a few this season. This tie will prove a tough affair for Tottenham, but they should come away with a win.