Burnley vs. Tottenham
Venue: Turf Moor
Kick off: 6:30PM
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to get their season back on track when they face Burnley at Turf Moor in today’s late Premier League kickoff.
Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup by Norwich City in midweek and have lost four games in a row, leaving their campaign on the brink of tatters.
Sandwiched between defeats to RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Norwich in the FA Cup, Spurs have also lost back-to-back league matches against Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Teams around them may also be struggling for form, but Tottenham have slipped to seventh and are now three points off the top four, while fifth-placed Manchester United are two points better off.
To make matters worse for Jose Mourinho, he witnessed Eric Dier confront a supporter after Wednesday’s penalty shootout loss to Norwich, an incident that may land the versatile midfielder in trouble with the Football Association.
Mourinho’s honeymoon period, if there ever was one, is over and Tottenham are now in desperate need of three points in Lancashire on Saturday.
The bad news for Spurs is that Burnley are in good form, the Clarets having won two and drawn two of their last four league games to move into the top half of the division.
If Manchester City’s European ban is upheld, an extra Europa League spot will be up for grabs and Sean Dyche’s men – now just two points behind Spurs – are well positioned to take advantage.
Burnley’s strong recent run has been built on a solid defence, with Nick Pope strengthening claims that he should be England’s number one at this summer’s European Championship finals by keeping three clean sheets in four matches.
In fact, only Liverpool (12) have kept more shutouts than Burnley’s 11 in the Premier League this season. Up the other end, however, the Clarets have failed to score in two of their last four.
Dyche’s side still have Tottenham, Man City and Liverpool to face in their remaining 10 matches, but a second season of European football in three seasons is still a possibility.
Beating Tottenham today would see Burnley leapfrog their opponents and send out a message to the rest of the division.
However, they have won just two of their 11 Premier League meetings with Spurs, albeit with both of those wins coming at Turf Moor.
Burnley possible XI: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez.
Tottenham possible XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Ndombele, Winks, Lo Celso, Lucas, Alli, Bergwijn.