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Prediction: Tottenham vs Burnley

Juan Pablo Aravena in Free Soccer Predictions 26 Aug 2017

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Verdict: Tottenham win at HT/FT

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: bet365

Tottenham and Burnley are looking for a win that can boost their confidence just before the international break. With both teams coming off losses against Chelsea and West Bromwich respectively, The Spurs and The Clarets will look for their second win of the campaign at Wembley Stadium this Sunday. Kick-off is scheduled at 16:00 BST.

Tottenham

The Spurs have enjoyed an inconsistent start to their Premier League season. Mauricio Pochettino’s men kicked off their year with a 2-0 win away at Newcastle, but last week settled for a 1-2 loss against Chelsea at home. That kind of start is far from ideal if we consider Tottenham a title contender, but this Saturday they will have a perfect chance to bounce back in front of their fans. The Spurs were one of the top home teams last season thanks to 17 wins, two draws and no defeats. And while they are playing in Wembley, nothing suggests they should not be as good this year as well. If anything, a win against Burnley would boost the team’s confidence ahead of the upcoming challenges at the domestic and European level.

Team News

Tottenham do not have major absences ahead of this game.

Kieran Trippier is doubtful with an undisclosed injury, and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has been ruled out with a foot problem. But aside from those two, the rest of the squad is fit and available.

Burnley

Burnley have been one of the most surprising teams after the first two weeks of the Premier League. They kicked off their year pulling a monumental upset when they defeated Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge, but they went back to earth last week when they lost 1-0 against West Bromwich Albion. The inconsistencies have been a trademark for them, and this does not seem like the perfect game to find any sort of consistency. Tottenham were the top home team in the EPL last season, and Burnley were one of the worst sides on the road. That is usually not a good combination. And even though both teams have the same record of 1W and 1L during the current season, there is no question the Spurs have the edge on paper. Therefore, Burnley can consider themselves fortunate if they escape with something after the final whistle.

Team News

Burnley are relatively at full strength ahead of this game.

Aside from Jonathan Walters, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury, the rest of the squad will be available for this contest.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Tottenham are riding a six-game undefeated streak against Burnley across all competitions.
  • The Spurs won both meetings last year. 2-1 at home and 2-0 on the road.
  • Tottenham posted a 17W 2D 0L record at home last season.
  • On the other hand, Burnley were one of the worst visiting teams last season. They registered 1W 4D and 14L on the road.
  • Burnley have only won two of the past 10 games against Tottenham.

Conclusion

Aside from last season’s records that give Tottenham a clear edge on paper, the Spurs have the better squad overall and are looking to bounce back following last week’s defeat against Chelsea. With the Spurs needing a win to improve their position in the standings, I see them playing with intensity and building a healthy lead in the first half before closing things out in the second 45 minutes.

Verdict: Tottenham win at HT/FT

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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