After blowing their chance of a third massive win in a row, Tottenham Hotspur will look to hit back against Burnley in the Premier League.
Turf Moor, Burnley, England
Key Stat: Tottenham's unbeaten run now stands at nine consecutive games.
Expert Verdict: After putting seven past Maccabi Haifa and six past Manchester United, when Spurs surged into a 3-0 lead against West Ham it looked like another dominant day. They blew it, drawing 3-3, but won in mid-week in the Europa League and can now get back on track in the Premier League against struggling Burnley too.
Jack Cork is a month away from full fitness and Ben Mee is still stepping up his recovery too. Matthew Lowton could be approaching a return, however, and Erik Pieters will face a late fitness test too.
Chris Wood – Burnley are lacking goals and the New Zealand striker needs to be the one to provide them, against a Spurs defence rocked last weekend.
Ashley Barnes – Wood’s partner in crime and just as big a menace up front on his day, he needs to be a nuisance again in this match.
James Tarkowski – With Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in fine form, the England international leads a defence that could be in for a tough evening.
After defeats to Southampton, Manchester City and Newcastle in their last three games, Burnley got their first Premier League point of the season in their most recent match. Having conceded three goals apiece in their last two matches, the clean sheet in a goalless draw was a welcome defensive improvement.
Defenders:Erik Pieters, Kevin Long, James Tarkowski, Charlie Taylor
Midfielders:Johan Berg Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil
Forwards:Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood
Gareth Bale could start after playing the first hour in mid-week, forming a front three with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. Carlos Vinicius impressed in mid-week, but he is unlikely to retain his place ahead of that trio. Eric Dier faces a fitness test as he looks to get back into the defence.
Harry Kane – Scored three goals against Maccabi Haifa and then two apiece against Manchester United and West Ham to continue a fine season so far.
Son Heung-Min – Another in excellent form and linking so well with Kane, his goal against LASK was his fourth in his last three games.
Gareth Bale – His comeback did not go to plan against West Ham, but there is no doubt that he significantly boosts the Spurs front three.
Another Son Heung-Min strike and two more for Harry Kane looked to be setting Spurs on the way to another huge win as they stormed into a 3-0 lead at home to West Ham inside 16 minutes. A spectacular late comeback meant they had to settle for a 3-3 draw, however. They did bounce back in mid-week, however, to stretch their unbeaten run to nine games. Lucas Moura, an own goal and Son ensured a 3-0 win against LASK.
Defenders:Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon
Midfielders:Moussa Sissoko, Pierre Emil Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele
Forwards:Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Son Heung Min
Spurs thrashed Burnley 5-0 last season, but they are without a win in their last two visits to Turf Moor either side. In 2018/19, they lost 2-1, while last season it finished in a 1-1 draw in March. Chris Wood’s goal was cancelled out by Dele Alli’s penalty in their most recent meeting. Prior to that, Harry Kane had scored twice, alongside goals from Lucas Moura, Son Heung-Min and Moussa Sissoko in Spurs’ dominant home win. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Mar 07, 2020: Burnley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Dec 07, 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Burnley
Feb 23, 2019: Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Dec 15, 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley
Dec 23, 2017: Burnley 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
The last ten minutes against West Ham were disastrous for Spurs, and cost them two points, but besides that they have been in excellent form.
They have 19 goals in their last four games, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min both in superb form – with goals and assists this season. Gareth Bale has been added to that attack too to form a formidable front three.
Jose Mourinho’s side got back to winning ways, albeit after several changes and against lowly opposition in LASK, in mid-week.
It was an important response to the West Ham draw and this is another opportunity now to prove they have got it out of their system.
Defensive injuries are hampering Burnley, while they are not producing enough at the other end either.
They have scored just once in their last four games, and the goalless draw with West Brom last time out is their only point in the league.
Turf Moor remains a difficult place to travel to, even without fans, but Spurs have the attacking firepower to get back to winning ways in the league.
Jose Mourinho’s side have a big opportunity to secure all three points in this game.
Tottenham are odds-on favourites to win this match and can be backed at 8/13 with Bet365, 888sport and Betway to do just that.
With Burnley lacking form in front of goals, you can bet against both teams to score at evens with 888sport.
Spurs have no such issues, however, and after 19 goals in four games, you can get a best price of 4/5 from Bet365 on over 2.5 goals.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are the men responsible for that attacking form and Bet365 are offering the best prices of evens on Kane and 8/5 on Son to score at any time.
Spurs are in fine attacking form and, while their defence took a hit late on against West Ham, Burnley’s own lack of attacking form does not suggest they can do similar.