Preview: Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Preview: Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Two sides seeking to build on thrilling away wins at the weekend will lock horns in Wednesday’s rescheduled Premier League encounter at Turf Moor, as Burnley take on Tottenham Hotspur.

Sean Dyche’s side ran out 3-0 winners against Brighton & Hove Albion last time out, while Spurs sunk Manchester City 3-2 in an Etihad extravaganza.

It has been a long time coming, but Burnley finally have an away win to boast about, as none other than 6ft 5in talisman Wout Weghorst inspired his new club to a storming 3-0 win over Brighton on the South Coast on Saturday.

The Netherlands international opened his Burnley account with a powerful drive in the 21st minute before some strong hold-up play saw him set up Josh Brownhill for his side’s second, and the tie was put to bed by veteran winger Aaron Lennon in the 69th minute.

Only a second win of the Premier League season – and an emphatic one at that – means that Burnley do have their fate in their own hands when it comes to the relegation dogfight, as the Clarets have leapfrogged Norwich City into 19th and are five points adrift of safety with two games in hand.

Ending a 12-game winless run in all competitions is just what the doctor ordered before a clash with Tottenham, and focus now turns to ending their six-game winless run at Turf Moor, but they have given Manchester United and Liverpool a hard time on home soil recently.

Despite their overall poor streak at Turf Moor this season, Dyche’s side have rather impressively shipped just 10 goals on their own patch in the league and boast the best defensive record in the bottom half by far, but that will be tested to the extreme on Wednesday.

Mere days after it was revealed that Manchester City saw four summer bids for him rejected, Harry Kane showed his admirers exactly what they are missing out on, as the England captain produced his finest performance of the season to propel the Lilywhites to a dramatic 3-2 win on the champions’ turf.

Many expected a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat for Tottenham under Antonio Conte, and Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty appeared to salvage a point for Man City, but Kane was in the right place at the right time to head home in the fifth minute of injury time to send the visiting support into delirium.

As impressive as their Etihad victory was, there will inevitably be questions as to why Spurs could not produce the goods against the likes of Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Conte’s side remain top-four outsiders while they lie eighth in the rankings.

The Lilywhites will temporarily leapfrog Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers into sixth with all three points here and travel to Turf Moor in the knowledge that at least one of their top-four rivals will drop points in Thursday’s clash at the Emirates, so the pressure could hardly weigh heavier on Conte’s men to deliver again.

The 3-2 win over City did mark the third Premier League away game in a row that Tottenham have conceded two goals, but they have won their last three against Burnley with three clean sheets in tow and will pray for less adverse weather lest another postponement befall both sides.

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We say: Burnley 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham will be desperate to prove that their thrilling success over the champions was no fluke, and Kane would choose no better time to kick on and rediscover his best goalscoring form here.

We would certainly not put it past Burnley and their new wave of confidence to breach this leaky Spurs backline, but Conte’s front three should have the necessary firepower to steer their side to a narrow and vital win.

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