Even though they surprised everyone by beating Chelsea on the opening day of the season, this will come as the perfect opportunity for Tottenham to get their first win of the campaign at Wembley. Last weekend hurt, it always does. But there were a few positives to take from the performance. If we regularly play to the level we did last week, we will beat a lot of teams this season.
Our form against Burnley in recent times is good, Sunday’s game will be our 7th meeting against them in the Premier League, we’ve won 4 of the previous 6, drawing 1 and losing 1, the latest was a 2-0 away win at the back end of last season. Burnley last won their first 2 away games of the season in the top flight 43 years ago and you’ve guessed it, the second of those was against Tottenham.
It’s been a busy week for both clubs with new signings coming in and new contracts handed out. After signing Jack cork from Swansea & Jon Walters from Stoke, Burnley have dipped into the market again signing Leeds Striker Chris Wood for a reported £15Million, But only time will tell whether he can replace the goals that Andre Gray gave them last season. Tottenham have also finally made some signings, this week the club confirmed that Davinson Sanchez will join them from Ajax for a reported £38Million. Tottenham also signed young goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton. Gazzaniga will currently be the 3rd choice keeper at Spurs, behind club captain Hugo Lloris & Michel Vorm, but with Vorm’s contract up at the end of the season, I assume he will step into a more prominent role once he departs. After starting the season well with that debut MOTM performance against Newcastle, Kyle Walker-Peters was rewarded with a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2020. A new contract was also handed out to American youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers that will again keep him here until 2020, and it was also announced that he will be loaned to Sheffield United until the end of this season to continue his development.
We also had the small matter of the champions league draw this week and after last seasons shambles, it was refreshing to be drawn against regaining champions Real Madrid, Bundesliga Giants Borussia Dortmund & Apoel from Cyprus. This is exactly what being in the champions league is all about, it would take a miracle for us to win the competition, so why people were so against playing the big boys early on is beyond me!
More good news about incoming transfers for Tottenham too, reports saying this week we have tied up a deal for PSG Right Back Serge Aurier, the 24-year-old isn’t without controversy, however, making comments on then PSG boss Laurent Blanc, Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Angel Di Maria which landed him a suspension. There is also the small matter of Tottenham being able to overturn a UK wide entry ban, after Aurier was convicted of assaulting a police officer in September last year. Reaction to the imminent transfer has been mixed on Twitter, but personally, I think Pochettino and his coaching staff are the perfect people to help change Aurier’s attitude problem.
Team news ahead of the game is somewhat repetitive for Spurs. Danny Rose, Erik Lamela & Georges- Kevin Nkoudou are all still out, Nkoudou has also been linked with a loan move to the Italian club Hellas Verona this week, and Tottenham are waiting for a formal offer from the club. For Burnley, Jon Walters will miss the trip to Wembley after injuring his ankle in the 2-0 league cup win in midweek against local rivals Blackburn. Burnley are also without ex-Spurs man Dean Marney & Jeff Hendrick is also a doubt with a thigh problem. New signing Sanchez has been granted his work permit and will most likely feature on the bench on Sunday.
Here’s how I expect both sides to lineup on Sunday:
Every team that plays at Wembley this season will be looking forward to a good day out, and I expect no less from Burnley. Sean Dyche’s sides are notoriously hard to break down and with added Signing Wood, pose a real threat upfront partnering Vokes. Despite that, I expect Tottenham to win and win well. I’m going 2-0 with Kane to finally score in August & Son chipping in with the other. COYS
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