This will be the 6th time the two will meet in the Premier League, Spurs lead the way with 3 wins but have yet to win at Turf Moor. The previous meeting back in December was a 2-1 win to Spurs, goals from Dele Alli and Danny Rose secured all three points. Spurs have four wins in their last five games, Burnley have gone five games without a win. Burnley have an excellent home record with 31 of their 32 points secured there. No side in Premier League history has won a higher proportion of their matches at home. Spurs have gone three games without an away win, their last win was a 4-1 at Watford on New Year’s Day. Burnley sit in 13th position, 8 points clear of the relegation places, which will be a successful season if they manage to stay in the league. Spurs are in 2nd place, 7 points clear of Manchester United in fifth. The battle for the top four is being hotly contested with seven teams vying for four positions.
Burnley are one of the few teams to play in a 4-4-2 formation, they use a target man and a pacey striker who complement each other in attack. They strengths are attacking set pieces and playing the long ball up to the strikers. They concede on average 1.45 goals a game and have conceded over 40 goals this season in the Premier League. They allow over 18 shots per game and rely on their keeper Tom Heaton to make important saves. He has made 110 saves which is double the amount made by Hugo Lloris. Spurs line up in 3-4-2-1 formation, which has served them well this season. The back three have looked secure since the return of Jan Vertonghen. They have conceded just 21 goals and have kept 12 clean sheets. They will be without injured top scorer Harry Kane and Pochettino will have to decide between Son or Janssen who will start upfront.
Last time out Burnley drew 0-0 away to Sunderland, Spurs won 2-1 at home against Southampton their 17th win of the season. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were on target to maintain their unbeaten home record. Andre Gray is Burnley’s top scorer with eight league goals, and Ashley Barnes will hope to continue his good form against Spurs with two in his previous three matches. Christian Eriksen has ten assists this season, which is only second to Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. Although no Premier League player has more assists than Eriksen (23) since the start of the 2015/16 season. Burnley’s central defender Michael Keane made his England debut, the 24-year-old featured in both games against Germany and Lithuania. He has two goals this season, a 86% tackle success rate and no errors leading to goals. He was signed from Manchester United in 2015 and has been gaining plaudits for this season performances. He will be one of many English talents on show in this game.
How the sides may line up:
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