Spurs v Burnley: (match preview)
Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Sunday 17th December
Live: Not being broadcasted live in the U.K. check Spurs’s official twitter account for live updates.
Referee: Kevin Friend
Head2Heads: 0-0, 4-2 Spurs, 0-0, 1-1, 2-1 Spurs, 4-2 Burnley.
After a comprehensive victory over Hull in midweek, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side will be looking to make it two wins in two when they face Burnley at the Lane on Sunday. The lads face a Burnley side that have picked up only one point on the road, scoring just the one goal on their travels this season. However, Sean Dyche’s side will certainly be no pushovers on Sunday, Dyche has the clarets very well structured and they have already put in some highly impressive performances this season, including a 2-0 victory over Liverpool back in September. The Lancashire club sit in 13th place in the league and I am a great admirer of Dyche’s side and I strongly believe that they will stay up this season. Burnley have a tenacious defence with former Man united defender Michael Keane at the heart of it, in addition the clarets also have the superb Tom Heaton in nets, Heaton has been in outstanding form this season, making some outstanding saves. Burnley’s main goal threat will come from pacey forward Andre Gray.
I am hoping that Pochettino starts with the same (3-4-2-1) formation that he used on Wednesday as I believe this formation would be equally as effective against Burnley on Sunday. With Rose and Walker likely to cause the visitors problems if they are played higher up the field, with both having the pace to beat fullbacks Stehen Ward and Matthew Lowton. It is important that we stamp our authority on the game from the offing tomorrow, with Burnley likely to be looking for a point, but with an early goal or two we could easily put the game to bed. However, I am expecting a very tough match tomorrow with few goals in it. COYS
Team news: Erik Lamela is out whilst both Mousa Dembele and Vincent Janssen are doubts for Sundays match.
My predicted line up: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Eriksen, Walker, Rose, Son, Alli, Kane,
My predicted score: 2-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Eriksen and Kane.
Welcome back: Former Spurs players, Paul Robinson and Dean Marney.
One to watch: Burnley’s creative central midfielder, Jeff Hendrick. The Republic of Ireland international has a terrific shot at his disposal.