Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Graham Scott
Spurs welcome Burnley to Wembley in high spirits after progressing through to the last 16 of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw against Barcelona.
Pochettino’s side are in good form having lost only once in their last six. Wins against Chelsea, Inter Milan and Leicester are included in this run and their purple patch has seen them rise to 3rd in the table; two points ahead of London rivals Chelsea.
As for the Clarets, they recorded their first win in two months last weekend, beating Brighton 1-0 at Turf Moor. Dyche’s side were languishing in the relegation zone before their victory against the Seagulls and the manager will be hoping his team can utilise their current momentum and start getting points on the board.
Chris Wood scored an injury-time equaliser for Burnley in a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season, and whilst Burnley may not look like the same time they were a year ago, this should give the Clarets some confidence going into this one. Spurs need a win to maintain pressure on the league leaders whilst also trying to distance themselves from their top four rivals. A win for Burnley could see them climb as high as 14th as they look to put aside any risk of relegation.
Spurs have had something of an injury crisis lately. Mauricio Pochettino will be buoyed by the news that the likes of Kieran Trippier, Davison Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth may all be available again for this game. As for Moussa Dembele, Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama, they all remain sidelined for the visit of Burnley.
Harry Kane comes into this match 3rd in the goalscorer charts, just one goal behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohammed Salah. This is the sort of game in which he will feel confident in as he goes up against a notoriously shaky defence.
Burnley have no new injury concerns as Nick Pope, Nakhi Wells, Jon Walters and Stephen Ward all remain sidelined. Dyche is having to wait to see if Gudmundsson and Steven Defour will be available as they will likely face late fitness tests.
Predicted Starting XIs
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Aurier, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Dier; Son, Eriksen, Alli; Kane
Burnley (4-4-2): Hart; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Brady; Barnes, Wood
Score Prediction: Tottenham 2 Burnley 0
Despite Burnley’s spirited win against Brighton, getting a result away at Spurs feels like a step too far for them right now. The North-London club have been in strong form recently and after their result in Camp Nou, they will not go into this game with too much fear.