Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley

This is the 5th time the two sides have met in the Premier League, Spurs have won two, lost one and drawn one. Last time Burnley were in the league Spurs won the home game 2-1 and drew away 0-0. Sean Dyche has been in charge of Burnley since 2012, he has managed nearly 200 games and has a 41.1%-win percentage. Burnley have had mixed results this season and they are significantly better at Turf Moor than on their travels with only 1 goal and 1 point. This game will be their 2nd visit to the capital in a week after they visited the London Stadium to play West Ham on Wednesday night. Burnley have only two points in 13 previous Premier League away matches in London.  In the last five games Burnley have 1 win and 4 defeats.  

Burnley like to line up in a 4-4-2 or a 4-4-1-1 formation, they like to use the counter attack and to use the long ball to start their attacks. Their 41% possession is the lowest in the Premier League, they also have the lowest passing accuracy in the league at 69.5%. Burnley average 9.4 shots a game which only 2.9 are on target. Burnley concede 1.63 goals a game and they allow 19.6 shots a game which is 2nd only to struggling Hull City. Despite all these statistics Burnley find themselves in 13th position in the Premier League, 5 points clear of the relegation places. Spurs usually line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation but in their last game reverted to three at the back, as they did against Arsenal. This formation does seem to suit them as it means the full backs are pushed higher and have less defensive reasonability. Spurs have attempted 53 shots on target more than their opponents (102 attempted, 49 allowed) which is the best record in the Premier League. 

Burnley lost 1-0 away to West Ham, Tom Heaton did well to save a Noble penalty but the midfielder was able to slot the rebound. Burnley pressed hard for an equaliser in the 2nd half but were unable to convert any of their chances. Spurs won 3-0 at home to Hull City, Christian Eriksen scored two and one from Victor Wanyama. Eriksen has hit good form in recent weeks as he has had a hand in six goals in his last four Premier League appearances (five goals, one assist). This game saw Hugo Lloris bring up his 150th Premier League appearance. In those appearances, he has 50 clean sheets and 81 wins, and he has never received a red card in the league. Spurs find themselves in 5th place on 30 points still 3 points behind fourth place Manchester City. Spurs have won five of their last six home Premier League matches on a Sunday, losing only to Southampton back in May. 

How the two sides might line up:

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